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Wings Over North Georgia soars into Rome this weekend

Oct 07, 2013 -- 5:33pm

By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)

The government shutdown may affect many things, but the annual Wings Over North Georgia Air Show will go on as planned, no matter what the government does.

Sequestration back in April of this year threatened to cancel the air show, as the United State Air Force Thunderbirds were scheduled to headline the event.

The Thunderbirds, along with a number of other military performance teams were sidelined following the Federal budget sequestration.

Aircraft, from P51 prop planes to F18 jets will be buzzing the skies of Floyd County during the week, leading up to the weekend festivities at the Richard B. Russell Airport.

According to Rob Skelton, director of the air show, the Canadian Force F-18 Hornet Demonstration Team will perform in the place of the Thunderbirds, along with a number of other performers.

“We’ve got an incredible lineup,” said Skelton. “We were originally scheduled to have the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds with us...Sequestration obviously put the brakes on a lot of our shows this year, the Thunderbirds, Blue Angels and the Golden Knights all had to taper down their years.”

The show is coming up this weekend at the Richard B. Russell Airport on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13.

Parking is available at the airport or at State Mutual Stadium connected via shuttle. 

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