Montrose regional airport celebrates six years of Homage to aviation


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Montrose Regional Airport’s flagship event, Tribute to Aviation, will run from Saturday, September 18 through Sunday, September 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. This event gives spectators the opportunity to tour the planes, meet and talk with pilots and crews, and get up close and personal with nearly every aircraft in the military fleet.

The event will feature the B-52 Boeing Stratofortress, the long-range subsonic strategic jet bomber that has been in service since the 1950s. In addition to the “Buff”, more than 45 military and civilian aircraft are planned. , making the Tribute to Aviation one of the largest static exhibits in the western United States.

“Tribute to Aviation is Montrose County’s largest annual event,” said Aviation Director Lloyd Arnold. “The airport team has been working on this event for a year and we are delighted to present an even larger screen that will extend beyond the ramp. Aviation remains a key industry and function of today’s society and the military, and I am proud to be able to present this exhibit in western Colorado to inspire local youth.

Also new this year is the addition of the US Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights. As the Army Ambassador, the United States Army Parachute Team conducts skydiving demonstrations, competitions, and a tandem orientation program around the world to connect the U.S. military to the American public and enhance Army recruiting efforts, while simultaneously providing technical expertise in support of military free fall. programs. The team will perform at 2 p.m. on both days.

The event is free to the public, includes free parking and free autographed posters for children (while supplies last). Food, beverage and specialty items vendors will also be present at the event.

Tribute to Aviation will take place at the Montrose Regional Airport located at 2100 Airport Road. It is important to note that commercial flights will continue as normal during the event. Travelers are encouraged to arrive earlier than usual to accommodate event traffic.

Sponsors for the event include Jacobs, Atlantic Aviation, Pepsi Beverage Company, Montrose Forest Products, Horsefly Brewing Company, Montrose County, Republic Parking, Del-mont Consultants and Western Skyways.

For more information on the event and a full list of aircraft in attendance, please visit

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