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Dyess Big Country Air Fest 2024 in Texas

Exciting aerobatic displays and family-friendly entertainment

Dates: May 4, 2024

Dyess Big Country Air Fest is an annual aeronautics festival held at Abilene Regional Airport in April or May. Featuring breathtaking aerial displays and informative exhibits, Dyess Air Force Base is America's only Lift and Strike base, located just 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Abilene. Home to the prestigious 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess offers insight into the cutting-edge operations of the United States Air Force. Air Fest is an event that promises excitement and education for those fascinated by aircraft and aviation history.

Displays and Activities

Attendees can look forward to a diverse lineup of activities and performances. From awe-inspiring aerobatic routines to the impressive display of general aviation aircraft and warbirds, there will be no shortage of excitement in the skies. Military aircraft, including static displays and fly-bys, will provide a unique opportunity for aviation enthusiasts to get up close and personal with these impressive machines.

For those seeking an unforgettable adventure, tickets for rides aboard historic aircraft, like the SB2C Helldiver and B-25 "Devil Dog," will be available for purchase. Visitors can experience the thrill of flying these rare warbirds while learning about their historic significance.

Notable Performers

Among the performers scheduled to dazzle the audience are iconic aircraft like the B-1B and C-130J from Dyess Air Force Base, along with the legendary P-40 Warhawk. Additionally, Mike "Spanky" Gallaway will showcase his acrobatic skills in his Extra 300 aircraft, promising thrills for all spectators.

Women in Aviation

This year, the Big Country Air Fest embraces the theme of Women in Aviation, with the National WASP WWII Museum joining the event. Visitors will have the chance to explore historic trainers such as the BT-13, AT-6, and UC-78, offering a glimpse into the vital role women played in aviation history.

Food and Vendors

Amidst the excitement, attendees can refuel with a variety of delicious options from food vendors such as Leroy Bell, Hearts BBQ, Tacolate, and more. Whether craving savory barbecue or sweet treats, there's something to satisfy everyone.

Logistics and Admission

The event is free for the general public, with parking available on Runway 4/22 inside the gate. Overflow parking is also available on TSTC paved lots. Certain items, such as drones, coolers, backpacks, and outside food or drinks, are prohibited.

The Dyess Big Country Air Fest has a rich history of showcasing the best in aviation. This year's event promises to continue that tradition, providing an unforgettable experience for seasoned aviation enthusiasts and those simply looking for a fun day out with the family.

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