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A&E: USAF F-16 Viper headlines AirFest

Air show to feature F-16 Viper and stunt aeronautics

October 1, 2019

By Brian Stanley / Contributing Writer for the Santa Ynez Valley Star

U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper.//Contributed Photo

Central Coast AirFest returns fast and loud to the Santa Maria Valley skies Oct. 12-13 at the Santa Maria Public Airport.

The second annual airshow’s main attraction is the high-energy, speed-driven performance of the United State Air Force’s F-16 Viper. Airshow Director Chris Kunkle said pyrotechnics have also been added to this year’s performance to help accentuate the act.

“The U.S. Air Force Viper demo team is very exciting for us to get. It’s very noisy, which everyone likes. The afterburner is always a hit,” Kunkle said. “The F-16 will have a 1,000-foot wall of fire, and it’s about 100 feet tall.”

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