Hangar 24 AirFest


“The Hangar 24 Spin Recovery Party” added to an expanded Hangar 24 AirFest


January 4, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT Doug Padilla (909) 747-8365

E-mail: dpadilla@hangar24brewery.com

REDLANDS, California – 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 this coming May.

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. (Day 2 awaits 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 last month 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.

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.

Ticket details are expected to be finalized in the coming weeks. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Feb. 15. 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.


 About Hangar 24 Craft Brewery

Hangar 24 is an independently owned craft brewery with locations in Redlands and Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The company produces a diverse award-winning line of beers ranging from the best-selling Orange Wheat to the exclusive barrel-aged Barrel Roll Series, including the renowned Pugachev’s Cobra. Visit hangar24brewery.com, or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.