During Labor Day, Steamboat Springs hosts the Wild West Air Fest. On display are vintage and warbird static aircraft and classic cars. The entertainment consists of radio controlled airplane shows and the Wings Over the Rockies KidSpace as well as incredible aircraft performances. The Air Fest features an 18,000-pound C-47 that flew in World War II.

Those who want the real experience can pay for a ride on a B-25 Bomber or Douglas C-47. The B-25 Mitchell Bomber features several machine guns, one hanging off the nose as well as several leaning out from the sides. Other aircraft feature vintage paintjobs with pin-up girls and one labeled – ‘Major Distraction.’ Ghost Squadron is an aircraft that transported people and cargo in and out of war.

The Air Fest was designed to keep history alive. Being able to touch and ride in these aircraft allows people to understand a little bit about combat and about the men who have kept our country safe.

For an up close look without the crowds, head down to Bob Adams Airport after 6:00 at night. There’s a gate that can be opened. Bring a camera and join some of Steamboat’s professional and amateur photographers for some great evening shots as the sun sets in the mountains.