2018 41st Annual Space Coast Warbird Airshow in Titusville Preview

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Information Compiled and Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Come visit the 41st Annual Space Coast Warbird Airshow (SCWA) featuring Tora!, Tora!, Tora!, on the weekend of April 6 – 8, 2018, at Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville. This is one of East Coast’s largest Warbird Airshow in the United States. Stop by one of the three-days of fast paced flying program of historic and current military prop & jet warbirds. Plus, see military & civilian aerobatic demonstration teams in the sky. Airborne and ground re-enactor demonstrations, static aircraft displays, flight simulators, exotic hot rods and antique cars, kid’s carnival, airplane and helicopter rides and much more. The Friday Night Show ends with a giant fireworks display. There will be a large variety of food and merchandise vendors to choose from. This is a family friendly event. This event goes on rain or shine.

If you’re driving from Downtown Orlando to Space Coast Regional Airport it will take about a 40-60 minute drive depending on traffic. Check your GPS for the best travel route to this event. Here is the address of the airport at 355 Golden Knights Boulevard, Titusville, FL 32780. Plan your day to arrive early for the best parking available on the tarmac at the airport. Parking is free. No one is allowed to watch from the parking lot. It is a safety issue. When arriving at this airport, look for event signage directing drivers to the airshow. When departing this event after the airshow please be patient while there maybe heavy traffic leaving the area.

Before arriving for this event please plan your day accordingly. Check the weather first before attending this outdoor event. There is very little shelter on the airfield. Some people take cover underneath some of the military aircrafts. Here is some recommended items to bring to this airshow which are a lawn chair, camera, ear sound barrier/ear protection, poncho, sunglasses, sunscreen, a ball cap, bug spray, clear goggles (for the flying sand), comfortable clothing, and walking shoes.

It is wise to buy your tickets on-line, but they do sell tickets on location. It is recommended to buy your tickets ahead of time for the early bird special. Ticket prices range from $5-$20 per person. There may be long lines at the ticket booth to purchase tickets. Skip the long ticket booth lines for your tickets. For airshow tickets online please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/space-coast-warbird-airshow-2018-ticket-sales-tickets-40941769936

Here is some brief history about this airshow. It was founded in 1977, The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum has a continually growing collection of over 45 historic warbirds from the beginnings of aviation to the present day. The VAC is a 501c(3) educational organization dedicated to the preservation of, education about and commemoration of warbirds from all eras and the men and women who flew, maintained and fought in them. This airshow was formally called Tico Warbird Airshow (TWA) at onetime. The Valiant Air Command, Inc. has hosted the TWA at the Space Coast Regional Airport for many years now.  In 2018, the airshow changed its name; it is still the same wonderful airshow experience that our fans have come to expect. SCWA is one of five airshows in Central Florida throughout the year.

When arriving at the main entrance of the airshow, there is a ticket booth and security checkpoint. Certain items are not allowed at this airshow. Please visit event website for a list.

The sights and sounds of this airshow will intrigue you and your family. There is a nice display of vintage and modern aircrafts on the tarmac. Some aircrafts visitors are able to sit inside the cockpit while others one cannot. There will be many aviators on hand to answer questions about flying and the aircrafts.

Some of the highlight for this year’s airshow is Tora!, Tora!, Tora! Stunt show, Air-to-Air Combat, and much more. Get a program when arriving at the gate to plan your day. Sit back and relax and enjoy the airshow.

Also, check out the various aircraft on display on the tarmac. One will possibly see a F-4J Phantom II, F-14A Tomcat, F/A-18 Hornet, F-16 Fighting Falcon, A4, A-7A Corsair II, A-6E Intruder, F105 Thunderchief, TA-4J Skyhawk, UH-1 Huey, S-2F Tracker, F-11 Tiger, MiG-21 Mongol, F101-B Voodoo, F-5E Darpa-SSBD, Me-208, MiG-15 UTI Midget, F-80, T-33 Shooting Star, F9F-5 Panther, F-8K Crusader, H-19B Chickasaw, OV-10G Bronco, Please note that not all aircrafts on this list maybe on the tarmac for this airshow. Most of the aircrafts listed are regularly housed inside the Museum hanger. Plus, most of these aircrafts are non-flyable.

Besides the many military aircrafts on display, one will see many civilian aircrafts on the tarmac too. Here is just a brief list possible aircraft manufacturer such as Beechcraft, Bombardier, Cessena, Embraer, Piper, and much more. The general aviation community loves flying into an airshow to show off their aircrafts on the tarmac. Some civilian aircrafts will change or be added without notice. During the airshow performance, these general aviation aircrafts will be off limits to guests for up-close viewing.

Don’t leave this airshow without buying a souvenir to remember. There will be many vendors selling aviation merchandise at this venue. One will find flightsuits, military patches, hats, event t-shirts, scale model aircrafts, aircraft posters, and some military memorabilia may be available too. Prices will range from $1and go on up from there. Many of these items are hard to find items one can’t find at your local retail stores.

Stick around for the afternoon airshow. It is advised to stake your spot early before the airshow in the afternoon. There will be some VIP covered seating available. The center of view of the show is at the temporary control tower where the Air Boss and Announcer are positioned. Crowds tend to fill up this area. All area along the flight line has a good vantage point. Please remember to stay behind the roped areas. This is for your safety.

If one gets hungry at this airshow, they have you covered. There will be various food and beverage vendors on hand. Choose from sandwiches, pizza, hamburgers, pretzels, salads, ice cream, and much more. For beverages they have coffee, soda, water, and non-carbonated drinks. Prices on food and beverages will vary. Most vendors take cash only.

If you’re looking to take the best photos at this airshow, then I recommend checking out my airshow photography tips at https://otownfun.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/photo-tip-series-photographing-air-shows/

It is worth the drive over to the space coast to check out this airshow.For more information on this airshow please visit www.valiantaircommand.com/airshow . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. Also, join to be one of our followers at otownfun on WordPress. For more great events, places, and articles, please visit us out at http://www.otownfun.com

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