Williston, ND (KEYZ) Ready to launch! The 2nd Annual Williston Airshow returns Saturday, August 20th and right behind it, Sun Country Airlines resumes nonstop flights to Las Vegas in early September.

Preparations are currently underway for the 2nd Annual Williston Airshow, and XWA Airport Director Anthony Dudas couldn't be more thrilled.

"Our first airshow was extremely successful.  We had a great turnout from our community.  It was one of the most fun events I've had an opportunity to be a part of.  We have a great team that's working to develop this, and we've got some really great performers that are going to come visit us on August 20th," said Dudas.

Dudas says RAD Aerosports returns with their hugely popular Jet Waco reminiscent of barnstormers from the 1930s and 40s along with several new performers.

RAD Aerosports Jet Waco Courtesy: City of Williston, XWA Airport
RAD Aerosports Jet Waco
Courtesy: City of Williston, XWA Airport
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"[Renowned Airshow pilot] Jeff Boerboon has a really unique airplane; it's a Yak 110.  He welded two old Russian trainers together and strapped a jet engine on the bottom of it, and those two perform together and really create a pretty amazing show."

The YAK 110 Courtesy: City of Williston, XWA Airport
The YAK 110
Courtesy: City of Williston, XWA Airport
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If that's not enough . . . if you're interested in riding in an old World War II Bomber aircraft, Dudas says there will also be a B-25 coming in from the Commemorative Air Force for which tickets may be purchased for that ride and other creative opportunities happening that day.

B-25 Miss Mitchell Courtesy: City of Williston, XWA Airport
B-25 Miss Mitchell
Courtesy: City of Williston, XWA Airport
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Gates for the 2nd Annual Williston Airshow at the Williston Basin International Airport (XWA) on Saturday, August 20 open at 8:00 a.m. with the airshow getting underway at 11:00 a.m.  There is a charge for parking this year, $10.00 in advance or $20.00 the day of.  For the complete lineup of performers, tickets, volunteer opportunities and more, visit https://flywilliston.net/airshow.php.

What does one do after a great airshow?  Make plans to experience a great flight out of XWA to sun-soaked Sin City, Las Vegas, Nevada!

After a successful inaugural season in 2021, Sun Country Airlines is back, offering nonstop flights from XWA to Vegas beginning in early September.

Robin Travers Published September 2, 2021
Robin Travers Published September 2, 2021
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"Go to suncountry.com today," says Dudas.  "You can book your flight for as little as $65.00 each way to Las Vegas, starting on September 8th.  They operate Thursdays and Sundays."

Airport Director Dudas says the success of Sun Country's 2021 season has paved the way for a longer season this year and opened the door to discussions about other sought-after leisure destinations.

"One of them that is really high priority for me and for our city leadership is Phoenix and making sure that we have an opportunity to open more doors for our community for those leisure destinations."

To book your next flight from XWA direct to Las Vegas, visit suncountry.com.  Flights commence September 8th and run until December 18th.