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All you need to know for the Air Show

October 21, 2017 7:20 a.m.

Staff Report

Record-breaking crowds are anticipated for the air show with more than 60,000 expected to attend, so you may want to get there early.

Airport and remote parking lots will open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday with the gates opening to guests at 9 a.m.

Opening ceremonies will kick-off each day at 11:15 a.m. and will be followed by the first flying performances beginning at noon.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the airshow.

During the weekend’s air show appearance, the six-signature blue-and-gold F-18 fighter jets will perform tactics and maneuvers showcasing the capabilities of the aircraft and flying in tight formations with close passes. 

It is a homecoming for three of the pilots and five of the crewmembers that will soon perform for family and friends near their hometowns. Eight of the current members for the elite military demonstration team are Georgia natives. 

Other highlights include:
U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Rob Holland – While Rob is no stranger to the air show circuit, the 2017 Rome Air Show is a first for the award-winning performer. Rob recently secured his seventh consecutive national aerobatic championship title in addition to his eighth 4-minute freestyle championship. During Rob’s solo aerobatic demonstration, fans will witness a number or rarely performed maneuvers.
Static Display – A large number of aircraft are always on display during the air show, however, the 2017 event offers a variety of planes spanning decades of aviation history: the DC-3 Detroit Flagship, C-1 COD, F-18 Hornet, C-130J Model, C-17 Globemaster III, T-2 Texan, L-39 Albatross, P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair, SBD Dauntless, in addition to several general aviation aircraft
Toys for Tots collection site – Air show attendees can show their support for less fortunate children in the Northwest Georgia area by participating in the local Toys for Tots Toy Drive. Those interested in making a contribution are asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy for the drive. Each person bringing a donation will receive an official air show poster (while supplies last).
GoldStars Tribute Wall – The touring tribute wall was developed to promote awareness to the general public about the sacrifices made to protect constitutional freedoms. The wall honors those who have paid the ultimate price to protect the Unites States while serving in the U.S. military armed forces since the beginning of the Gulf War.
Parade of Veterans – The first veteran tribute walk was conducted in 2014. While not a new event, the annual parade has become a crowd favorite and is an incredibly moving celebration to honor all current and former military personnel. Participants range in age from active duty members to veterans from WWII and the Korean War.
And More - The Kids Zone is a frequent spot of interest and fun for parents and children to enjoy while waiting for their favorite act(s) to perform. There are many food vendors offering anything from the typical menu of hot dogs, burgers, and funnel cakes to regional participants offering local and ethnic foods for those with more discerning tastes.
While there are numerous activities on the ground, emphasis still remains towards the skies over the flight line. Sharpsburg, GA, resident Buck Roetman will perform rarely seen maneuvers during his solo aircraft Pitts S2S performance. For vintage warbird fans, the lineup also includes demonstrations by the AeroShell Aerobatic Team in their fleet of WWII-era T-6 “Texans”. Scott Yoak’s P-51 Mustang and Jim Tobul’s F4U Corsair will also perform individual demonstrations followed by their “Class of ‘45” tandem air show performance showcasing maneuvers utilizing both aircraft. Bob Carlton’s jet-powered sailplane is a true phenomenon as it quickly rises to new heights and descends to showcase the fluid motion of the gliding aircraft.

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