F-15s, F-4 Phantoms, B-1 Bomber, A10, F-18 Super Hornet, BAE Hawk, F-100, Stealth Fighter Jet – even an SR-71 spy plane that is over 13-feet-long and valued at $100,000: They’ll all be in Lebanon, Ky., in July when 200 pilots from around the world gather for the 10th Annual Jets Over Kentucky Week.
“We are known as the ‘world’s grandest jet event,’” said Lewis Patton, event coordinator of what has become the world’s largest remote control jet show. “Our show has some of the best pilots in the world attending, and they bring with them over 400 aircraft.”
This year, the event will be held July 6 through 13 and will take place at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport. Remote control jet fans can visit all week-long to watch the pilots practice and perform their warm-up routines; the big action, however, begins on Friday with the Parade of Lights. A sight to behold, this involves all the jets – with their lights illuminated – traveling in parade formation down the tarmac. Afterwards, an hour-long fireworks display lights up the sky above the airport.
On Saturday, opening ceremonies begin at noon and include a Fighter Jet Showdown, a full-scale aerobatic jet show including high speed passes, 9G turns and simulated bomb runs. Tours are offered on both Friday and Saturday of the private plane tents that shelter planes ranging in price from $20,000 to $100,000 and more.
Remote control jet enthusiasts will be able to shop a variety of booths set up by vendors from around the world for all the latest gadgetry in the world of remote control jets, plus model jet kits and technology for remote control planes. Commemorative t-shirts and lots of food will also be available. New this year is a Candy Drop for kids that will be held on Saturday.
Patton recommends bringing a lawn chair and an umbrella for shade to enjoy the shows as they roll, loop, spin and racing across the sky. He also notes that lodging in Lebanon – including hotels and glamping sites at Popes Creek Ranch – as well as hotels and bed and breakfast inns in nearby Harrodsburg, Bardstown and Bloomfield tend to book up very quickly for this event.
IF YOU GO
Jets Over Kentucky, www.facebook.com/JetsOverKentuckyWeek2014, www.VisitLebanonKy.com, takes place at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport at 650 Airport Lane in Springfield, KY. Opening ceremonies take place at noon on Sat., July 12. The gates open at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 11, and Sat., July 12. The Parade of Lights and Fireworks Display are on Friday. Private plane tent tours are offered on the hour, noon until dark on Friday and Saturday. The Fighter Jet Showdown, Sport Jet Challenge Apache Demo and Candy Drop will take place on Saturday.
Spectators are welcome during the week, beginning July 6. Admission: $5 per person, ages 12 and up, Friday and Saturday; children under 12 free. There is no admission charge (July 6-11) to watch the pilots practice.
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