Advances in aviation have made air travel safer and decreased the amount of injuries sustained from long-distance pole vaults or nasty slips off Michael Jordan’s shoulders. Marvel at modern sky travel with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $25, you get two general-admission tickets to the Kansas City Aviation Expo and Air Show at the Kansas City Wheeler Downtown Airport on Saturday, August 20 or Sunday, August 21 (a $50 value). Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. both days.
A dizzying array of nimble jets and graceful gliders beckons awestruck eyes to the heavens while an impressive collection of grounded planes honors those who once defied gravity in their cockpits. Featured performers at this year’s event include the U.S. Airforce A-10 Thunderbolt, which lets out a booming roar in a display of low-altitude maneuverability, sheer power, and lion impressions. Not to be outdone by a mechanized counterpart, the U.S. Army Golden Knights carve out their own rays of spotlight with golden parachutes and graceful routines. At ground level, a static assemblage of vintage and military planes—headlined by a stately NASA F-18 mission-support aircraft—mingles with the crowd and provides nurturing shade with their extensive wingspans.
Organized by Mid-America Youth Aviation Association officials with an emphasis on educational aviation and aeronautical opportunities for kids, this year’s event will grant children 15 and under free admission as long as they’re accompanied by an adult or the ghost of a Wright brother. Guests may also bring lawn chairs to sit in while they watch the sky-high ballets.
250 Richards Rd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64116Get Directions