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Space and Air Show this weekend at Kennedy Space Center

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Framed by the backdrop of famous launch facilities, aerospace, aviation and astronauts will take to the skies for the second annual Space & Air Show at Kennedy Space Center featuring the Blue Angels this weekend, Nov. 8 and 9, 2008.

On the heels of the successful U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds performance of 2007, the 2008 show will include an expanded roster of aviation stars. Newly announced aerobatic acts scheduled to perform include Mike Goulian and the Air Force Reserve Biplane Show. Also performing are the U.S. Navy Super Hornet Demo Team, the 920th Rescue Wing, U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet, the F-16 Viper East Demonstration and the A-10 Warthog.

Mike Goulian will perform in the EXTRA300SHP, the world’s newest custom-built premiere aerobatic aircraft. The Air Force Reserve Biplane Show will feature Ed Hamill telling his story, Living the Dream, in a performance taking viewers back in time through the last century of aerobatics. The 920th Rescue Wing will demonstrate a daring water rescue of a downed astronaut from a Space Shuttle bailout with pararescueman hoisted from helicopters. Other military performances include the F/A-18 Hornet, the nation’s first true strike-fighter capable aircraft, and the A-10 Warthog, the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed exclusively for close air support.

“This exciting event will bring some of the best pilots in the world to perform in the skies above Kennedy Space Center,” said Daniel LeBlanc, chief operating officer of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “It is truly a unique setting to display the best of aviation at the home of America’s space program.”

Tickets for the Space & Air Show at Kennedy Space Center are available online at www.KennedySpaceCenter.com or by calling 321-449-4400 with special savings for advance purchase.

The 2008 show will include aircraft displays and space-related exhibits on the ground and plenty of action in the skies over Kennedy Space Center.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s inaugural Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show is part of the weekend events and will gather more than 20 American legends from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs to personally meet guests, pose for photos and sign memorabilia. Admission to the Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show is $5 in addition to admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which must be purchased to enter the show. For more information or to purchase tickets for the Astronaut Autograph & Memorabilia Show, call 321-455-7014 or visit www.astronautscholarship.org.

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