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US Navy Blue Angels, Aeroshell aerobatic team to soar over North Georgia

The autumn-rich colors of the north Georgia mountains will set the backdrop as the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and the AeroShell demonstration teams headline the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show. The show will take place at the Russell Regional Airport in Rome, GA on Oct. 21-22.

The Navy's elite Flight Demonstration Squadron's six F/A-18 jets and the Marines’ hulking KC-130T transport, 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 people to North Georgia's largest family-friendly event.

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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 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 sail plane, and Wild Blue Airshows are also confirmed for the event.   Air show organizers are awaiting final confirmation from additional acts.

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.

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A huge Kids Zone play area will capture the imagination of children of all ages as they enjoy safe aviation-themed bounce houses, educational activities, swings, and a climbing wall. Located just inside the main gate, wristbands may be purchased for all-day, unlimited enjoyment.

Tickets for the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show are available online at www.WingsOverNorthGeorgia.com. 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 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 Wings Over North Georgia airshow is an FAA, DoD, and International Council of Air Shows recognized event.

About Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

JLC’s inaugural air show took place in 2012 during the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show featuring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and USN F/A-18 Super Hornet Jet Demonstration Teams. The annual event hosted in October also has included performances by the USAF Thunderbirds, USAF F-22 Raptor, USMC NV-22 Osprey, Black Diamond Jet Team, GEICO Skytypers, and the world’s top-rated civilian solo aerobatic performers. The initial air show contributed an economic impact of $2.6 million to Rome, Ga. and grew to more than $5.4 million in 2014.

Led by USAF retired Chief Master Sergeant John Cowman, a native of Brunswick, GA, the team of retired veterans and aviation enthusiasts hosts world-class events and seeks to promote and support the US Armed Forces and veteran organizations.

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