MAY 19th-20th, 2023
MAY 19th-20th, 2023
The TBM Avenger Reunion and Salute to Veterans is on for 2023!! Plan your weekend now for Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th.
In 2023, we are planning a full two day event for Friday and Saturday with a full airshow on each day. As usual, we will have a wide variety of many warbirds. Of course, we will have a large gathering of TBM Avengers as well.
Friday Night, we'll see the return of some favorites, such as Matt Younkin's "MAGIC BY MOONLIGHT" Night Show in the Twin Beech 18, the TBM Night Time Flame Show, beer garden, food, and live music!
Of course, Saturday will feature our Salute to Veterans Parade and Veterans Flag Missing Man Flight along with the airshow.
**DUE TO UNFORESEEN MAINTENANCE ISSUES, THE B-17G FLYING FORTRESS "YANKEE LADY" WILL NOT BE JOINING US IN 2023. The poster below was made before we received word**
In partnership with the LaSalle County Veterans Assistance Commission, we'll be hosting the 2023 Veterans Expo at Illinois Valley Regional Airport the day before we kick-off the TBM Reunion & Salute to Veterans Airshow. This is where our veterans and families meet the resources they need. Veterans Expo will be from 11 AM to 3 PM on Thursday, May 18th.
Event begins at 11 AM on Friday and 9 AM on Saturday
See you soon!
**Note: Aircraft appearing are subject to change due to many reasons beyond our control including, but not limited to, maintenance, weather (here or elsewhere) or other issues. We appreciate your understanding** Also note that all aircraft listed may not be flying but will be on display.
Plans for the 2023 TBM Avenger Reunion and Salute to Veterans are heating up! The show returns to the Illinois Valley Regional Airport (KVYS) in Peru, Illinois! Thanks to the City of Peru and our other generous sponsors, we will hold our annual air show Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th. **Poster made before the B-17 Cancellation**
In addition to our airshow, we are proud to again feature our Salute to Veterans parade. We are planning a bigger and better parade this year and encourage all veterans to participate so that all can show their appreciation for your service to our country.
Friday: TBM Avengers, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam Warbirds, Simulated Bomb/Torpedo Runs with pyro!
Friday Night Spectacular: Matt Younkin "Magic By Moonlight" Night Air Show, TBM Night Glow Runup, WALL OF FIRE and pyro Concert, Beer Garden, Food, & MORE!
Saturday: Salute to Veterans Parade, Matt Younkin in the Twin Beech 18, TBM Avengers, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam Warbirds, Simulated Bomb/Torpedo Runs with pyro and WALL OF FIRE!
Veterans Expo on Thursday, May 18th
FREE ADMISSION! FREE PARKING!
General Parking will be located on mostly grass lots. Please follow directions of our parking workers and police upon arrival. We'll get everyone parked as expeditiously as possible. Please watch for traffic as well
We will have handicapped parking available. Upon arrival, let one of our parking workers know that you or someone in your party needs handicapped parking. You will be directed to the appropriate place.
We will have shuttles and golf carts to transport anyone who needs assistance.
To make it easier on you, we ask that you bring only what you need to the event. We have a large ramp area and you will be doing a lot of walking. Bringing only what you need to enjoy the show (such as chairs, blankets, etc...) will make your day a lot easier. In addition, any items brought in may be subject to search. So, by bringing what is only necessary, will help everything move. NOTE: No chairs are permitted on the ramp. Chairs only allowed in certain grass areas. Please pay attention to
Please pick up any trash you see laying around and ensure you are depositing your trash as well. FOD (Foreign Object Debris) could potentially damage aircraft and create a dangerous situation. Lets all work together to keep the ramp clean. In addition, NO SMOKING ON AIRPORT GROUNDS. With fumes and oil in abundance, we cannot have open flame. See "Important Notes" for more details.
We also have a NO DRONE ZONE in effect. This is not only a safety hazard but also a violation of FAA regulations. Drones and Kites may not be flown/operated within 5 nautical miles of Illinois Valley Regional Airport during event days. The airspace is restricted. Please do NOT bring either to the airport.
We are expecting a large turnout for both days of our event. We ask that everyone drive carefully when leaving and follow all directions leaving the lot. In addition, please be courteous to fellow attendees. Everyone is just trying to head home after a terrific day of flying. If you can, hang around a bit at the airport until traffic lets up a bit. Just be courteous, be nice, and be understanding.
-No Smoking on Airport Grounds. With fumes and oil in abundance around the airport, we can’t have open flames. If you want to see some good flames, check out the TBM Night Run-up!
-Please DO NOT touch any aircraft.
-Beware of propeller or jet blast!
-Please listen to the instructions of any event volunteers.
-Stay in designated areas
-Admission and Parking are FREE.
-Please feel free to make a donation and also participate in our raffles to help support us.
-Food and beverages will be available for purchase along with limited edition souvenirs.
—All activities are weather permitting. In addition, aircraft scheduled to appear are subject to change for many reasons. Not all may fly.
-Rides are available in some aircraft. Some may require advance purchase otherwise follow signs to aircraft booths!
-Be nice and courteous to fellow attendees.
-Follow signs into parking areas and follow directions of parking volunteers/police. Avoid any aggressive driving behavior.
-Follow all posted directions on-site.
-Please do not bring any dangerous items. Anything brought in is subject to search.
-Most importantly…have fun and thank a vet!
-All activities take place at KVYS - Illinois Valley Regional Airport)
-NO DRONE ZONE. No Kites!
-NOTE: No chairs are permitted on the ramp. Chairs only allowed in certain grass areas. Please pay attention to
-Leave plenty of time to arrive. We want to ensure you get to see everything you want to see. So please plan to arrive early
**Note: Aircraft appearing are subject to change due to many reasons beyond our control including, but not limited to, maintenance, weather (here or elsewhere) or other issues. We appreciate your understanding. Some aircraft listed may also not fly but just be on display** All activities are weather permitting. Stay tuned to Facebook for updates. Special thanks to pilots, participants, volunteers, and sponsors/partners for making this event possible!
In this video from AirshowStuff, check out the spectacular sights (and sounds) of the Night TBM Engine Run-Ups. Eight R2600-20 engines combined to approximately 15,000 horsepower. WOW! Make sure you see this in 2023 on the night of Friday, May 19th!
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Illinois Valley Regional Airport, 4251 E Ed Urban Dr, Peru, Illinois 61354, United States