Air show details finalized

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Organizers of the air show planned at South Alabama Regional Airport (SARA) during Andalusia’s Homecoming 2010 celebration say that vendors are still needed for the event.

Jed Blackwell, co-manager of the SARA, and a committee of local residents are working with David Schultz Airshows to stage the Veterans Day weekend event on Sat., Nov. 13.

Members of the USAF Silver Wings, based in Ft. Benning, will perform locally on Nov. 13.

“Pepsi-Cola is a sponsor and they will be the official soft drink for the event,” Blackwell said. “I know we’ve got the corn vendor who was at the Rattlesnake Rodeo and a lemonade vendor. We could use some more.”

The local airshow, which is free to the public, will feature the U.S. Army Silver Wings Parachute Team and U.S. Air Force A-10AThunderbolt II demonstration, as well as a number of other attractions. Organizers say the quality of the show should draw people from throughout the Southeast.

The Silver Wings is comprised of soldiers from throughout the Ft. Benning airborne community. The average age of this group is 33, and the members’ average number of freefall jumps range between 200 and 2,500 per team member.

The USAF Thunderbolt demonstration team is dedicated to showing the extreme capabilities of the A-10 aircraft though exceptional aerial maneuvers. The team calls Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, home.

There also will be static displays, ranging from World War II era and Korean Conflict aircraft to that used by present day heroes currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The static show includes an A-10A Thunderbolt II, and a Blackhawk.

Before the air show begins, there will be a 5K race on the runway, as well as a race from one end of the runway to the other.

“Air shows are starting to do these events pretty regularly,” Blackwell said.

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