Good News – Thunder Over Valley Returning to Santa Maria

After a year hiatus, Santa Maria Museum of Flight is bringing the Thunder Over the Valley Air Show back to the Santa Maria Public Airport on Aug. 23 and 24. A wide variety of military aircraft will be on view from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the show designed to honor the military pilots and aircraft of the past and inspire pilots of the future. The featured attraction will be the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team, which will make three to four jumps daily, a museum spokesman said. Aerobatics demonstrations also will be presented by Bill Cornick, known as “the Grandfather of Aerobatics,” in his Pitts S-2C biplane dubbed Big Bad Green and John Collver in his 1944 AT-6/SNJ Texan advanced training aircraft nicknamed War Dog. A show-and-shine car show will include classics, customs, antiques and muscle cars, a variety of vendors will offer their wares and a Budweiser Beer Garden will be open. The show is held at the Santa Maria Airport entering on Foster Road. Admission is $3 for ages 7 to 12 and $12 for all others, although a $25 Family Pack will admit a family of four. Active military personnel are admitted free. Entry to the air show is off Foster Road. For more information, call 922-8758 or visit

August 16, 2014 Santa Maria Times