Military airshow history
When my father was in the military one of the highlights was going to the air shows put on by the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds. It was an all-day event for adults and kids alike. It’s the one time we got to go inside the airplanes upfront to the cockpit. We had the brochures of the planes and the pilots and would stand in line to get their autographs.
Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and Honda Corporation are two of the major sponsors for The AeroShell Aerobatic Team that will be on display at Wings Over North Georgia Air Show. The show will take place at the Russell Regional Airport in Rome, GA on Oct 21-22. The autumn-rich colors of the north Georgia mountains will set the backdrop as the United States Navy’s Blue Angels.
The Navy’s elite Flight Demonstration Squadron’s six F/A-18 jets and the Marines’ hulking KC-130T, affectionately known as “Fat Albert,” will perform actual military maneuvers before the crowds during each performance day. Last year’s airshow, headlining the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, attracted nearly 50,000 attendees to north Georgia’s largest family-friendly event.
The Blue Angels C-130 Allison-powered four-engine transport aircraft Fat Albert is designed to carry the team’s equipment, logistics, and personnel to each air show site. Albert will perform several low passes and high-inclination climbs to open the Blue Angels’ flight demonstration hour. The signature blue-and-gold F/A-18 Hornet jets will then take to the skies to perform a nearly 40-minute demonstration. Watch for the sneak pass by Angels 5 and 6 as they scream low overhead and from behind the crowd during their demonstration. It’s an air show crowd favorite.
The sixth annual Wings Over North Georgia Air Show also will feature top aviation performances by the US SOCOM Para-Commandos Parachute Team, current national aerobatic champion Rob Holland, Scott Yoak’s “Quick Silver” P-51D Mustang, and Jim Tobul’s “Korean War Hero” F4U Corsair. Also confirmed for north Georgia’s largest weekend of family entertainment is Bill Braack and his jet-powered Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car. Bill will race down the runway against an aerobatic aircraft at speeds reaching up to 400 mph.
As military and civilian performers fly above the crowds at the Russell Airport, a wide variety of aircraft will be located on static display for air show guests to get an up-close look. Select aircraft will allow guests to go inside and talk to the actual pilots.
The Sky Soldiers’ Helicopter Demo Team, Buck Roetman’s Christen Eagle, the local Tiger Flight Team, Bob Carlton’s jet-powered sailplane, and Wild Blue Airshows are also confirmed for the event. Air show organizers are awaiting final confirmation from additional acts.
Blue Angel’s appearance in Georgia
Guests also can take flight over the skies over north Georgia. Tickets can be purchased to fly aboard one of the Army Heritage Foundation’s helicopters located on the air show grounds. Rides are available on a Huey UH-1 or Cobra AH-1F helicopter. Both choppers flew missions during the Vietnam War and offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Tickets for the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show are available online at Wings over North Georgia. VIP ticket packages are available for on-site reserved airport parking, family four-packs of tickets, box seating, patio seating, and chalet experiences. Guests interested in on-site camping options for the show can choose between the premium infield and standard dry camping options.
Airport and remote parking lots will open at 7:30 a.m. with the gates opening to guests at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The opening ceremonies will kick-off each day at 11:15 a.m. followed by the first flying performances at noon.
The public can follow the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show across social media through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For the most-up-to-date air show news, parking tips, and other event information, please visit the show’s social media sites.
The Wings Over North Georgia airshow is an FAA, DoD, and International Council Air Shows recognized event. For the full list of performers, activities, and ticket options – air show fans, exhibitors, vendors, and sponsors can visit the official Wings Over North Georgia air show website.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels Schedule of Appearances in 2017
March 11: El Centro, CA
March 18-19: China Lake, CA
March 25-26: Brunswick, GA
April 1-2: NAS Corpus Christi, TX
April 8-9: Lakeland, FL
April 22-23: NAS New Orleans, LA
April 29-30: MCAS Beaufort, SC
May 6-7: Barksdale AFB, LA
May 13-14: Millington, TN
May 20-21: Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
May 24-26: Annapolis, MD
May 27-28: Millville, NJ
June 3-4: Duluth, MN
June 17-18: Ocean City, MD
June 24-25: Latrobe, PA
July 1-2: Stewart ANGB, NY
July 8: Pensacola Beach, FL
July 15-16: Milwaukee, WI
July 22-23: Idaho Falls, ID
July 29-30: Oshkosh, WI
August 5-6: Seattle, WA
August 19-20: Chicago, IL
August 26-27: Brunswick, ME
September 2-3: Ypsilanti, MI
September 9-10: Open/TBD
September 16-17: NAS Oceana, VA
September 23-24: MCAS Miramar CA
September 30-Oct. 1: Huntington Beach, CA
October 7-8: San Francisco, CA
October 21-22: Rome, GA
October 28-29: Fort Worth, TX
November 4-5: NAS Jacksonville, FL
November 11-12: NAS Pensacola, FL