Sands Casino Resort-Bethlehem to be title sponsor of air show: Lehigh Valley International Airport (KABE), Allentown, Pennsylvania

The Sands Casino Resort-Bethlehem will be the title sponsor of the Lehigh Valley Air Show in August.

The casino has pitched in $25,000 of the roughly $86,000 in corporate sponsorships that organizers have gathered to help pay for the event, which will be held at the Lehigh Valley International Airport in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, Aug. 24-25.

The event is expected to cost in excess of $283,000, with proceeds about $30,000, according to Charles Everett, executive director of the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority.

Everett said he was grateful for the contributions that the Sands and the other sponsors are making to help the air show happen.

“It’s important that we have that kind of community support,” Everett said.

Robert DeSalvio, president of the Bethlehem Sands, said he sees the air show as a good investment.

“It helps to promote regional tourism,” DeSalvio said. He said the event also will give the airport a higher profile and may help drive more air service to the area because of the exposure.

Skip Lehman of Mach 2 Management Companies, which will be managing the air show, said he expects the event will be “invigorating” to the airport.

“There hasn’t been an [air] show in this market since 1997,” he noted.

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Lehigh Valley International Airport to host first airshow in 16 years  

For the first time in 16 years, the Lehigh Valley International Airport will host an airshow this summer.

Skydivers, aerobatic plane demonstrations, helicopter tricks, vintage cars and vintage military aircraft will be on hand for the Lehigh Valley Airshow 2013.

The event, announced this morning at one of the Allentown airport’s terminals, will be held Aug. 24 and 25.

“We think it’s a great way to give people, particularly those who don’t fly a lot, a chance to see the airport and see things they don’t normally see,” said Charles Everett, executive director of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority.

Skip Lehman, president of Mach 2 Management, which is organizing the show, said it will be one of only two air shows held in Pennsylvania this year.

The other, held in Reading, exclusively features World War II airplanes, whereas this one will have a wider variety of entertainment, he said.

“I think it’s going to be huge for the community,” Lehman said.”I can promise you we’re going to bring you a world-class airshow.”

Among the acts will be the Misty Blues Skydiving Team, the only all-women skydiving team on the air show circuit, according to skydiver Aleth Matrone.

The act usually entails four skydivers leaping from a Sessana-182 and opening the show with a 30-foot-by-60-foot American flag, she said.

Aerobatic planes also do tricks around them, Matrone said, and also they perform canopy-formation skydiving.

Other acts include the 4C3 Aerobatic Team, a four-plane civilian demonstration team; Otto the Helicopter, who performs tricks in the air; and the Iron Eagle Aerobatic Team, a pair of biplanes.

Several planes will be on static display for visitors to go inside, Everett said. They include a Fedex Boeing 757, a B25 bomber, a L-39 Albatros jet and a World War II-era P-51 Mustang.

Everett said it is the first air show to be held at Lehigh Valley International Airport since 1997.

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is the event’s title sponsor. Sands President Robert DeSalvio said it will be a great event for families that will promote both regional tourism and the airport itself.

“I’m a big believer in airshows,” DeSalvio said. “There’s only so many events during the year that can be really, truly family-based, and air shows are one of them. They are true community events.”

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If You Go:  

• Airshow gates will open at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 and 25 with performances from noon to 4 p.m. General admission tickets will cost $15 at the gate and $12 for advanced sales.

• Tickets for children ages 4 to 11 will cost $8 at the gate and $6 for advanced sales. Children under four are free. Retired or active military with valid ID will pay $12 at the gate.

• Tickets will become available July 1. Information will be made available at lehighvalleyairshow.com or facebook.com/lehighvalleyairshow

• The airshow entrance will be located on Race Street, just off of Airport Road. Parking in designated areas will be free for airshow guests.

Charles Everett, left, the executive director of the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority, listens as Robert DeSalvio, president of the Sands Casino Resort-Bethlehem, speaks about sponsoring an August air show.
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Charles Everett, left, executive director of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, and Robert DeSalvio, president of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, reveal a promotional sign today during a news conference announcing the Lehigh Valley Airshow 2013 to be held in August.
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Aleth Matrone, with the Misty Blues All Woman Skydiving Team, speaks during a news conference today announcing the Lehigh Valley Airshow 2013. The team will be among the show’s performances.
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Other acts include the 4C3 Aerobatic Team, a four-plane civilian demonstration team; Otto the Helicopter, who performs tricks in the air; and the Iron Eagle Aerobatic Team, a pair of biplanes. Several planes will be on static display for visitors to go inside, Everett said. They include a Fedex Boeing 757, a B25 bomber, a L-39 Albatros jet and a World War II-era P-51 Mustang.