News Article | 6/18/2008


FORT WORTH, Texas (June 18, 2008) – The 2008 Fort Worth Alliance Air Show presented by Breitling, featuring this year’s only North Texas performance by a major U.S. military jet team, will be held on October 11 and 12. Highlighted by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, this year’s performers also include the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, Gene Soucy with wingwalker Teresa Stokes, Manfred Radius’s unique glider aerobatics, and the Shockwave Jet Truck.

Also taking to the skies as part of the show are Jan Collmer, David Martin, John MacGuire, Randy Ball, Greg Poe, Michael Goulian, and several military demonstration teams.

The primary beneficiary for this year’s show is the USO of Dallas/Fort Worth, whose mission is to support U.S. troops and their families by providing a wide range of free amenities, such as food, internet and e-mail access, housing assistance, and nursery facilities. In addition the USO offers a unique benefit to service members through the United Through Reading Program, which records soldiers reading a children’s book, then sends the new book and the recording to his or her family.

The 2007 Fort Worth Alliance Air Show attracted a two-day crowd of more than 180,000 people. The event contributed $25,000 directly to the USO. Since 2006, Alliance Air Productions has raised more than $153,000 for local nonprofits that helped provide some of the event’s 400 volunteers.

“The free admission, children’s activities and the exciting performances, highlighted by the Thunderbirds, make the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show a tremendous community event, particularly for families,” said Tim Ward, president of Alliance Air Productions. “It’s also gratifying that proceeds from the show will benefit millions of service members, family members and veterans who pass through DFW Airport.”

The event will be held at Fort Worth Alliance Airport. Gates open at 9 a.m. with performances running until late afternoon. Admission is free. Parking is $20 per vehicle.

For a list of performers, parking information, exhibit and sponsorship rates, visit

Fort Worth Alliance Airport is the centerpiece of the 17,000-acre AllianceTexas development that houses 200 companies, 28,000 employees and more than 6,000 single-family homes. Airport users include the American Airlines Maintenance Facility, the FedEx Sorting Hub, the Bell Helicopter Customer Center, as well as corporate and military aircraft. The Fixed Base Operation at Fort Worth Alliance Airport has earned ExxonMobil’s top customer service award for an unprecedented 12 straight years. The airport is managed by Alliance Aviation Services, a subsidiary of Hillwood, the developer of AllianceTexas.

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