Saturday, August 18-19, 2018, 10AM - 5PM
Akron Fulton International Airport (KAKR)
870 George Washington Blvd, Akron, OH 44312

Once again, a family oriented air show is coming to Akron-Fulton Municipal Airport this summer. The Props and Pistons Festival, August 18-19, offers an affordable and fun experience for the entire family. You can see flying demonstrations, aircraft on display and even an automobile show.

Props and Pistons gives visitors a chance to get up-close and personal through airplane tours, warbird, biplane and helicopter rides. The dozens of displays range from current military, WWII warbirds, commercial, and specialty aircraft as well as other non-aviation displays. At this show you can see a massive Air Force transport plane, the C-17 Globemaster, parked next to something as simple as a Piper Cub. There will also be a special Kids’ Zone, live music and food trucks.

Props and Pistons, is designed to be educational. Inspire Aviation, along with the City of Akron, Akron Public Schools, Camp Quality, area businesses and a variety of child-oriented organizations is producing the festival, in part, to provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about aviation, historic aircraft, and aviation related topics.

“What we’d really love to see come out of this festival, too, is the inspiration of the next generation of pilots, mechanics, engineers, scientists and military members,” said Mike Bowser (USAF ret.) of Inspire Aviation and Festival Chairman, “This is a safe, yet exciting event where the public can enjoy what aviation has to offer everyone.”

Other activities include historical aviation related presentations, motivational speakers, and children’s education activities, along with many other activities and displays to help expose children and adults equally to the excitement of a STEM related career. As part of the show hundreds of Boy Scouts will participate in activities to earn their aviation badge while camping on the airport grounds throughout the weekend.

During Saturday only, there will be a Car Show. On Sunday during the festival, a special tribute to our military will be celebrated with a local veteran’s motorcycle ride and remembrance ceremony. All proceeds from this ride goes to the non-profit SAM (Serving Area Military) Center in Massillon, OH.

FREE parking and shuttle busses are available at the Derby Downs/Rubber Bowl parking lots. 

For more detailed information on the Festival please visit the following websites: or

For further inquires contact: Mike Bowser, Chairman, Props & Pistons Festival

Inspire Aviation is an Ohio based 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. Their mission is to help educate the general public in areas of Aviation and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) related topics.