Imagine seeing flying jets and old planes turning in the air.

Christa Lancaster, Recreation Superintendent for the City of Buckeye, has recently taken over the air show. Lancaster used to only do the Arizona SciTech Festival and aviation related part of the show. “I brought in a plane that could be painted on. It stayed on that way until the next stop at the air show and they would do it all over again.”

According to Lancaster, the air show has been in Buckeye for 10 years. It began with just viewing the planes, getting inside and seeing the planes up close. They partnered with Copperstate who handle ultra-light and small planes.

This year the air show was virtual. In the past, the three-day event had a Kid Zone for the kids with a bounce house, zipline and a mural they could paint on.

This year, she says the city marketing team worked with a pilot from Scottsdale to make a video of the plane that would be in the air. Videos included an F-35 from Luke Air Force Base. John Melby also flew a two-seater plane with the mayor of Buckeye in the passenger seat. Melby also did stunts in the video. Lancaster says, “Next year we hope everyone will be able to join us in person,” she says.


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Karen Golden