The Riverside Airshow is back for a 17th year with plenty of familiar faces and a couple new ones. Aerial acrobatics, displays, food, refreshments and other entertainment will go on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Riverside Airport.
"This air show has got real personality ... it reflects such a great community," said Margaret Strivers, Silver Wings Wingwalker. "It's almost like an aviation-themed street fair. It's a great place for a family day or a date; it's got something for just about anybody."
Silver Wings wingwalker Margaret Stiver is a long-time performer at the Riverside Airshow.
The event will kick off with a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast for the early birds and then the Just in Time Skydivers will start the show at about 9:30 a.m. Some of the day's activities will include fly-bys of a USAF KC-135 Stratotanker and aerobatics by Frank Donnelly with Dr. D's Old Time Aerobatics, John Collver's T-6 War Dog, Melissa Andrzejewski's Edge 540 and Jon Melby Pitts Muscle Bi-Plane.
"We'll have the Riverside Police Department helicopter chase and it has expanded this year," said Tom Miller, Airshow coordinator. "They'll have a dog and handler in the helicopter and some of the swat team members hanging off the sides."
Silver Wings Aerobatics and Wing Walking will perform in the early afternoon.
"We have a Stearman bi-plane that was used as a World War II trainer," Stivers said. "We'll be showcasing the physical things you can do while in flight. It plays homage to the barnstorming of the 1920s."
Stivers will be tethered to the plane for safety, but will move from pose to pose in a choreographed dance as Hartley Folstad - her husband - pilots the plane. Other activities will include an emergency preparedness fair, a K-9 demonstration, a car show and more. Wrapping up the day with its flight back to March Air Reserve will be the C-17 Globemaster III.
"We'll be parked there throughout the day and people will be able to get up inside the airplane and check it out," said Lt. Col. Timothy Harris, who will pilot the Globemaster along with Lt. Col. Mel Blount. "It's America's really state-of-the-art airlifter, built to carry really large cargo into small locations. It was designed in the 1980s during the Cold War to move the M1 tank.
"Now it's an airplane that can carry a semi truck or humanitarian supplies in the case of a hurricane or other natural disaster. The demonstration is certainly something to see. People aren't used to seeing something so huge that's so maneuverable."
Where: Riverside Airport, 6951 Flight Rd., Riverside
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday
Cost: Free, admission; $5 parking, $5 pancake breakfast
Information: 951-351-6113, www.riversideairshow.com