2011 Air Shows
Geneseo Greatest Show on Turf
Location: Geneseo, Airport, Geneseo, New York
Admission: $17 in advance, $20 at gate per day (Canadian $ accepted at par!)
Parking: Free on the airport grounds.
Value: Excellent
A vintage replica Fokker DR-1 Triplane crashed at Geneseo, the pilot walked away!
Geneseo Air Show, advertised as “The Greatest Show on Turf” is located just south of Rochester. The nearest major international gateway for Canadian visitors is at Buffalo, NY. From Buffalo, Geneseo is just southeast of Batavia, NY.
If only every show could copy what this show does it would be incredible! Being close to everything going on, great location, laid back atmosphere and amazing flying displays are just a few of the things that keeps making this a show one not to be missed.
Even though there were two airplane mishaps on Saturday that delayed the show, the organizers still came thru with a full day of flying. One was a Beechcraft fly-in for the air show that stalled during landing and crashed, occupants suffered minor injuries. The other aircraft was piloted by Joseph Auger, 67, of Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Auger was doing a mock dog fight for the air show when he lost power at about 600 feet off the ground. The plane, a vintage WWI replica Fokker DR-1 Triplane, made a controlled powerless glide to the ground. The Fokker DR1 caught the landing gear in cornstalks, causing the plane to flip over. The pilot was briefly trapped in the aircraft by his safety harness but was quickly able to extricate himself from the wreckage. From the WWI and WW II planes right up to the USAF F-16 Viper West Demo Team there was something for everyone’s taste of flying at Geneseo this year. Also happening not in the air was an auto show, military re-enactors, USO Hanger Dance, pancake breakfast and two different BBQ’s after the daily shows.
If you have never had a chance to see the “Greatest Show on Turf” at Geneseo once you go you will never want to go back to any of the big shows. So close to the show and a great all around experience by all involved.
Aircraft/Performers Presented:
  • USAF F-16 Viper West Demo
  • Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team
  • Pietsch Airshows
  • Rob Holland
  • Rick Volker
  • Kevin Russo
  • Wounded Warrior Flight Team
  • C-130 Hercules Demo
  • and too many to list.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Rob Holland background with Rick Volker foreground at Geneseo.
USAF F-16 Viper West Demo
Photography by Joe Osciak, report cowritten by Joe Osciak and Laszlo Nyary for AIRSHOWSREVIEW LLC
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