Join us for the Hangar 24 Craft Brewing AiRFest at Redlands Airport California. We will be there with our P-51 Mustang "Bunny", our P-63 Kingcobra, and our C-47 'What's Up Doc?".
Picture yourself reclining on your portable beach chair, enjoying an Orange Wheat Mimosa, listing to live surf rock and reggae,
while watching extreme pilots perform acts of aviation daring overhead. Have that unique scene play out right in front of you, as well as so much more, as the Hangar 24 AirFest & 10th Anniversary Celebration adds a second day to its weekend festivities.
Yes, that is correct, the 2018 AirFest at the Redlands Municipal Airport is a party so huge that one day will not be able to contain it. In addition to the already-announced full slate of activities on Saturday, May 19, a second day, dubbed “The Hangar 24 Spin Recovery Party,” has been added on Sunday, May 20. (AirFest dates await official approval by the Redlands city council.)
“The Hangar 24 Spin Recovery Party” on May 20 will include at least two live bands, along with a full slate of aviation acts. Hangar 24 will also partner with a soon-to-be-announced winery on the second day to vary the beverage menu. Just like the opening day of AirFest, a Kids Zone will offer plenty to do for the youngest members of the family, while a beer garden will entice the older generation. It will mark the first two-day Hangar 24 AirFest at the Redlands Municipal Airport since 2014.
The Hangar 24 AirFest and 10th Anniversary Celebration was officially announced as a party one decade in the making. AirFest is proud to have received commitments from the United States Air Force’s F-16 Viper Demonstration Team out of South Carolina, as well as the Royal Canadian Air Force’s FA-18 Demonstration Team. Civilian acts already committed to appear include: Jon Melby in his Hangar 24 Muscle Bi-Plane, Vicky Benzing in her 1940 Boeing Stearman, Kent Pietch in his Jelly Belly Interstate Cadet, Bill Braak and his Smoke-N-Thunder JetCar, Redlands’ own aerobatic pilot Tony Higa, Jon Collver in his AT-6/SNJ “Wardog” and Greg Colyer in his Lockheed T-33 “Shooting Star.” Ralph Royce is the Air Boss and Jon “Huggy” Huggins, the voice of Hangar 24, will call the action.
On Day 1, a Beer Festival will populate the AirFest grounds for the first time ever, with local, regional and national breweries invited to join the fun.
Ten years of brewing and five years hosting a premier air show has taught us plenty, and all that experience has this year’s AirFest shaping up to be a can’t-miss event. Experience Hangar 24’s history all weekend with a massive lineup of beers, from original recipes, to innovative offerings, all the way to our newest creations. There will also be the traditional debut of our anniversary beer, currently in development. The 2017 anniversary beer was a Hazy IPA that garnered rave reviews. Access to the new beer festival is included in your AirFest ticket.
In addition to the above activities, over two dozen food vendors are expected to be on hand for both days of AirFest, with plans for a huge Oktoberfest-style covered beer garden in the works. Static air displays throughout the AirFest grounds will give attendees an up-close look at aviation history. In addition to VIP and general admission areas, a new upgraded viewing section is being planned.
Tickets are on sale now and a portion of the proceeds from AirFest will benefit Hangar 24 Charities, a 501 (C)(3) that supports local children’s causes, as well as those related to military veterans. For more AirFest information, please go to hangar24airfest.com.