Flying High

Columbus has waited almost 10 years for the return of an international air show, but that wait is finally over with The Gathering of Mustangs & Legends September 27 – September 30 at Rickenbacker International Airport.

For four days, visitors will be treated to amazing aerial demonstrations and performances, including an estimated 100 P-51 Mustang aircraft and additional World War II fighters/bombers, and U.S. Air Force aircraft, including a sky-high performance by the USAF Thunderbirds.

But the show in the sky isn’t the only thing to see at this year’s event.  Key to the gathering is attendance by several legendary fliers from the past.  There were 1,279 ACES in World War II of which 274 scored five victories or more in the P-51 Mustang.  Today there are approximately 80 surviving Mustang Aces. The Gathering is dedicated to those pilots, as well as those who have gone on.

Tickets for Grandstand Seating, located along the runway near show center, start at $25 and are limited to 2,000 per day.  However, if you are a real bird watcher, Flightline Box Seats can be purchased.  These private seats are centrally located along the front of the grandstands facing the flight line and touted as the best value for families and small groups as a ticket includes a boxed-lunch, beverage and souvenir program.

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