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AMERICAN HEROES AIRSHOW


COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU!


Steve Goldsworthy talks with Jim Paules, founder of the American Heroes Airshow


BY STEVE GOLDSWORTHY Late in July the skies over Los Angeles were filled with


helicopters. That’s not so unusual with all the ENG and police ships that can show up at the rumor of a pursuit, but what was unusual was the type of helicopters in the air. First in were two Pavehawks, a DEA Astar, a Vietnam era Huey, wow, this is not your average event. For the American Heroes Airshow, it’s just the morning of fly in. Over 20 helicopters arrived that Saturday morning to wow the crowds. LA City and LA County flew in both their fire and LE ships, as well as REACH out of Upland Fire, and a few of the local schools were in attendance. Elite Helicopters flew in an R22 and set down just a few yards from one of the Pavehawks, not some- thing you get to see everyday! I spoke to Jim Paules, who directs the American Heroes


Airshow about how this event got started. He told me back in 1993, while at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying; he wanted to have the first ever helicopter only airshow. David Price, director of the museum at the time endorsed the con- cept. The first show was called “American Giants a Celebration of Heroes”. “At that first event we had 8 static helicopters. US Coast Guard –Los Angeles, LA Sheriff’s Department, LAPD, LAFD all came”. After two or three more years at Santa Monica the show outgrew the small ramp area. “So, about 1997 we moved the event to Hansen Dam. No neighbors nearby to complain about the noise. It’s a really comfortable site having a large soccer field to land in and all the trees and shade” says Jim. So, how many years has the show been in Los Angeles? This is our 17th year he explains, but when I ask about how


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