Coincidentally landing at the end of American Craft Beer Week, Hangar 24 Brewery celebrated their 8th anniversary with their inaugural AirFest and beer festival at Redlands Municipal Airport this past weekend. This anniversary celebration took place just across the street from the Hangar 24 tasting room, allowing guests to roam much of the airport grounds to view all the airplanes on exhibit, and check out all the food and beer available. All around the festival area, all of the attractions evenly spread out, from the food vendors to the beer tents to the airplanes on display and more. Throughout the day, live music would occur on the main stage, and various aerial acrobatics would occur overhead, demonstrating cool stunts performed in airplanes.
Although physically organized similarly to previous years, a clear separation of two halves of the airport existed. Guests entered on the eastern side, which basically represented the “all-ages” side what with the kids’ zone, activities, entertainment, and aviation exhibits. Upon moving over to the western side, we start to see a clear depiction of a typical crowded beer festival what with the crowds and the empty beer cups littered across the ground. With thousands of people gathered mostly to this western side, I could barely manage enough time to get one beer from the limited release booth, which had already run out of most of their beers.
After dredging through the waves of people on the beer side, I return back to the east side to enjoy some aerial acrobatics.
At around 5:30pm, we got treated to a special performance by the Just In Time Skydivers.
Following the skydiving spectacle, we got to see some more aerial acrobatics.
As a special treat, we got to see a muscle bi-plane race against a jet car. As Mythbusters once proved, the plane wins because the car has to face friction, which slows it down tremendously. No surprise here: the plane won the race.
Lastly, the Patriots Jet Team treated everyone to a magnificent air show complete with dazzling red, white, and blue trails.