Press Release for Let Freedom Fly International Airshow

The skies above Pierre Regional Airport are set to come alive with the thunderous roar of engines and breathtaking aerobatic displays as the Let Freedom Fly International Airshow takes center stage on May 25th and 26th, 2024. Organized by a dedicated team of local aviation enthusiasts, this marks the first-ever airshow in Pierre, South Dakota, promising an unforgettable experience for attendees of all ages.

Pierre City Commissioner Jamie Huizenga expresses the community's excitement about the event, stating, "The Let Freedom Fly International Airshow is a momentous occasion for Pierre. This thrilling spectacle not only brings an exhilarating entertainment experience to our residents on Memorial Day weekend, but also highlights the vibrant spirit and patriotism of our community. We anticipate a weekend filled with awe and amazement as the skies above Pierre dazzle our citizens with extraordinary performances."

The preliminary airshow lineup boasts an impressive array of talent, including local favorite Jim Peitz, flying the iconic P51D Mustang “Dakota Kid II” as well as his fan-favorite aerobaticF33C Bonanza. Other stellar performers include air race pilot and entertainer Vicky Benzing in a Boeing PT-17 Stearman, Matt Younkin showcasing the beauty and power of his twin-engine Beech 18, and Bill Stein thrashing the sky his Edge 540 aerobatic monoplane. Additional performers are set to be announced, promising an exciting program for aviation enthusiasts and families alike.

Jim Peitz, owner of Mustang Aviation and renowned airshow performer, is managing the airshow operations. Peitz expresses his enthusiasm, stating, "As a pilot and member of this community, I am honored to be part of the Let Freedom Fly International Airshow. Bringing together such a diverse and talented lineup of performers is a testament to the growing aviation culture in Pierre. This event will undoubtedly create lasting memories for everyone in attendance."

In addition to the thrilling aerial displays, the airshow will feature one of the largest displays of vintage military aircraft ever seen in the region, both on the ground and in the air, providing a unique opportunity for attendees to witness the rich history of aviation.

The Let Freedom Fly International Airshow is made possible through the generous support of the City of Pierre and numerous local businesses. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Pierre United Way, supporting various local charities and initiatives.

Ticket information for the Let Freedom Fly International Airshow will be posted soon on the official event website: Fans are encouraged to sign up for the show’s Flight Crew newsletter on the website to get the first notices of breaking news as more details become available.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Greg Gibson


Phone: (813) 507-1799