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Gateway Aviation Day Receives Military Support

MESA, Ariz. — Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport received approval from the United States Department of Defense for aircraft static display support, resulting in several commitments for displays.

“We’re going to have a good variety of aircraft on display this year,” said Airport Community Relations Coordinator, Patrick Oakley. “I’ve received confirmation for a KC-135 from the Arizona Air Force National Guard Aircraft Refueling Wing, an Apache helicopter from the Arizona Army National Guard, an AV-8 Harrier from the Marine Base in Yuma, and much more.”

The family event gives kids an opportunity to crawl around the cockpits of planes, helicopters, and municipal vehicles – and the public a glimpse of the recent development projects at the bustling airport.

“We’ve worked hard to keep this event free to the public,” said Public Information Officer, Brian Sexton. “Thanks to our corporate sponsors, parking and event access are both free. The Kids’ Zone, to be located at the Airport’s park, will be a fun area for children to get their face painted, interact with clowns, and roll in the grass. It’ll be a fun-filled family day.”

Admission and parking are free. Canned food donations will be accepted at the gate, benefitting United Food Bank.

Gateway Aviation Day activities will include:
•           Aircraft displays – over 30 aircraft will be on display
•           Aviation exhibits
•           Kids’ Zone
•           Food

The event’s entrance is located at the Airport’s park located at 5803 South Sossaman Road.

About Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
The Airport was established in 1994 and is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, which consists of the Gila River Indian Community, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, and Queen Creek. Gateway Airport offers nonstop passenger service via Allegiant Air with flights to over 25 cities nationwide. For more information, visit


Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Media Contact:
Brian Sexton
Phone: 480-988-7618