Tribute to Aviation
Montrose County, Colorado is home to the famed Black Canyon National Park, world-renowned Olathe sweet corn crop, and more recently, the signature event known as Tribute to Aviation. Building on last year's success, Tribute to Aviation returns to the Montrose Regional Airport. The free public event is being held on September 16 & 17th to promote aviation/aerospace and provide family fun and education to the public. Unlike other aviation events, Tribute to Aviation is an aircraft static display event, meaning visitors have the opportunity to tour specialized aircraft from throughout the country and interact with pilots and aircrew.

One unique element of Tribute to Aviation is the large number of military aircraft and personnel in attendance.  One such returning aircraft is the U.S. Navy's E-6 Mercury, called TACAMO (Take Charge and Move Out). TACAMO is designed to provide vital communications links in the event of a nuclear war. This aircraft almost exlusively attends military air shows, yet Tribute to Aviation was fortunate to host it again in 2017.

Static Displays are non flying aircraft. You can tour the inside of a massive cargo transport, examine various types of helicopters, training aircraft, experimental planes and more! You can visit with the pilots and crew of the planes and get an autograph.

Tribute to Aviation will also have exhibits on loan from NASA about
space exploration and the history of aviation in the Montrose Regional
Airport terminal. Kids will have an opportunity to participate in a
coloring contest and try astronaut ice cream! Bring the whole family and
be ready for lots of fun!



Montrose Regional Airport is your "Your Runway to Recreation". Montrose Airport lies at the base of Colorado's majestic San Juan Mountains, 300 miles southwest of Denver.  We are just minutes from spectacular hiking, fishing, camping, golf, skiing, theaters, museums, hotels, and of course, delicious Colorado cuisine.