HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Lehigh County, Pa. - A Sea Harrier, called the only privately-owned and flown aircraft of its type in the world, is joining the line-up at the Aug. 23-24 Lehigh Valley Air Show.
Air show organizers are promoting Harrier as the world's most sought-after civilian air show performer.
Former Marine Art Nalls, who owns and pilots the plane, receives three or four requests for air show appearances every day, which he said makes his Harrier the most sought-after aircraft in the world -- more than the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds combined.
Harriers are jet fighters developed by the British but also used by the U.S. military. They are capable of short and vertical take-offs and landings.
"The Sea Harrier is sure to be a crowd favorite, as it is quite noisy and a very unique aircraft to witness in action," said an airshow spokeswoman.
Nalls has flight time in 75 different aircraft, in addition to the Harrier. They include B-52s, C-141s, C-130s, A-7s, A-37s, T-38s, F-4s, F-5s, F-15s, and F-16s and F-18s.
Also joining this year's air show at Lehigh Valley International Airport, is the T-28 Demo Team.
The T-28 is described as a large, fast and loud aircraft with a growling 1,425-HP radial engine. "These warbirds have a commanding presence that generates a lot of excitement in the air," said the spokeswoman.
Air show organizers also announced the addition of NASA's Explorations Systems Development/Space Launch System Exhibit to the static display area.
That exhibit will allow guests the opportunity to explore launch system and flight hardware with an interactive touch screen presentation, view a video in the theater, take an up-close look at a scale model of NASA's next rocket, the Space Launch System and Orion, the multi-purpose crew vehicle.
The air show is one of only two aviation events where this NASA display will be available this year.
The Sands Lehigh Valley Air Show, presented by Service Electric, is one of the few air shows taking place in Pennsylvania this year.
Highlights include a jet team, flight performances and sky diving.
Spectators will enjoy static aircraft displays and a classic car show, plus exhibitors, food vendors and sponsored special events.
Air show gates will open at 9 a.m. both days, with performances from noon-4 p.m.
Ticket prices are advanced adult: $15, advanced child: $9, gate adult: $18 and gate child: $12. Children under 4 are free.
Advance tickets will be available at Sands & Co., Wegmans, TopStar Express, Lehigh Valley International Airport 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Days Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites and Staybridge Suites.
The airshow entrance will be along Race Street, just off Airport Road.
Free parking will be permitted only in designated areas and will be free. More information on parking locations will be announced at a later date.
Special tickets are available for this year's show, including a $100 "Backstage Pass" for Friday's practice show and a 12+ group sales discount of 10 percent when purchased at the airport, cash only.
More information about the air show is available online.
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