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The Air Show! returns to Grand Junction

The West Star Aviation Air Show returns to Grand Junction Regional Airport this weekend, Sept. 21-23.

Performances will include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Jet demonstration team, a pilots selected to represent the naval aviation tradition through air shows across the country.

"Since its inception in 1946, the team has flown for more than 427 million fans," the Blue Angels Association website said. The Blue Angels perform on Saturday and Sunday only at approximately 3 p.m.

Other aerial performers and static displays include: the Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team, US Marines V-22 Osprey, Indy Boys Jet School Bus, Misty Blues Skydiving Team, Otto the helicopter, Super Hornet demonstration, and much more.

Gates open Friday at 6 p.m. - kids 12 and under are free, while adults cost $15 online or $20 at the gate.

On Saturday and Sunday, event gates open at 9 a.m. Kids age 5 and under are free, kids 6-12 are $5 online or $10 at the gate. Adults are $20 online, or $25 at the gate. Bring your own chairs, unless you're comfortable sitting in bleachers. Parking per vehicle is $10. Limited VIP tickets are available, too. Visit the air show's website,, for more details or to purchase tickets.

According to the Air Show's event website, Grand Junction has a long history of aviation.

"The first flight in Grand Junction took place on Aug. 27, 1912. The two local newspapers, the Daily News and Daily Sentinel, co-sponsored the 'Aviation Day' which was held at the Fairgrounds (what is now Lincoln Park). The hype leading up to the event was tremendous. Barnstorm Fever had hit the United States hard; as it was only a mere decade since the Wright brothers first flew."

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