What promises to be the biggest and best air show in the long history of the Fargo AirSho takes to the skies Saturday and Sunday over the Red River Valley from Fargo’s Hector International Airport. The lineup, headlined by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, is nothing short of spectacular. It includes aerial demonstrations and acrobatics. It includes static displays of amazing aircraft. It includes skydiving and U.S. Navy Seals Leap Frogs – and more.

Of special note this year, the show will be a heartfelt tribute to a veteran pilot who won’t be there. Jim “Fang” Maroney of Casselton, N.D., was killed last year when his plane crashed near Knoxville, Tenn. Having spent most of his 59 years in the air, Maroney was a regular performer at the Fargo event from its beginning. The show will open Saturday with a “missing man” formation to honor Maroney. Today at the Fargo Air Museum, there will be a private unveiling of a display in his honor.

The two-day show itself is especially welcome this year because the last scheduled show was canceled because of the federal budget sequester. Show organizers were able to put most participants on hold for this year’s event.

It’s one of the Red River Valley’s best summer events. The skies and the airport will be filled with fabulous flying and displays of beautiful airplanes. Get your tickets and get out there.

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