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2019 Ocean City Air Show Kicks Off Today

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the 12th annual edition of the Ocean City Air Show on June 15-16, 2019 featuring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds! The USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team will perform along with a wide variety of military and civilian demo teams.

Saturday, June 15

National Anthem – Flag Jump
C-5M Super Galaxy
Panchito B-25 Bomber Flight
Matt Chapman in the Embry Riddle 330LX
USCG Search and Rescue Demo
Canadian Forces Snowbirds
Quicksilver P-51 Mustang Demo by Scott Yoak
USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team
Air Force Heritage Flight
SOCOM Para-Commandos Jump Team
UH-72A Lakota
A-10 Warthogs
U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Sunday, June 16

National Anthem – Flag Jump
C-5M Super Galaxy
USCG Search and Rescue Demo
Panchito B-25 Bomber Flight
Canadian Forces Snowbirds
Matt Chapman in the Embry Riddle 330LX
USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team
Air Force Heritage Flight
Quicksilver P-51 Mustang Demo by Scott Yoak
SOCOM Para-Commandos Jump Team
UH-72A Lakota
A-10 Warthogs
U.S. Navy Blue Angels

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Navy Blue Angels to highlight OC Air Show

A Blue Angel Talks OC Air Show and Flying

OC Air Show Performers Fly Into Delmarva

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. – On Thursday, OC Air Show pilots and their planes flew into the Wallops Flight Facility to begin practicing for the weekend events.

On Saturday and Sunday the beaches of Ocean City will be filled with people looking up at the planes overhead.

“Each and every year we try to put on the best show possible because we know the fans here expect that,” OC Air Show Director of Public Relations Chris Dirato said.

The 12th annual event is expected to bring in thousands of people, so Dirato recomme

nds getting to the 17th street area as early as possible to get a good spot.  He explains that new performers like the Canadian Snowbirds will be showing off their talents this year, as well as the popular Navy Blue Angels.

The Blue Angels already started practicing their demonstrations on Thursday to make sure everything was safe and ready to go.

“Basically we’re doing a sight survey of the air space and finding all of our check points and finding any obstacles and making sure, first and foremost that the operation is safe,” Flight Leader Eric Doyle said.

The weekend fun will be a nostalgic moment for Blue Angels Mass Communications Specialist Ian Cotter.

“I grew up in Delaware and we spent a lot of time driving down to Ocean City for the summertime. May have caught a couple of airshows in those years so it’s really cool to be a part of the actual air show and a part of the Blue Angels and come back to Ocean City,” Cotter said.

Dirato says all branches of the military will be represented during the flight shows, so it will be a very patriotic display at the beaches this weekend.

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OC Air Show 2019: U.S. Navy Blue Angels, F-16 Viper Demo Team prepare

Smyrna run raises $40,000 for Kuss memorial maintenance

Five hundred and thirty-seven runners and walkers participated in Smyrna’s first Top Gun Night Run 6K race, raising more than $40,000 for continuing maintenance of the Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial.

The Kuss Memorial is named for the Blue Angels pilot who died in an airplane crash on June 2, 2016, during practice for the Great Tennessee Air Show.

The race started at the Smyrna Event Center and finished at the Kuss Memorial in Lee Victory Park. Awards for the overall winner and for age and gender groups reflected the Top Gun and Blue Angels theme.

The run followed a six-kilometer route instead of the traditional 5-kilometers to honor Kuss’ Blue Angels Tail-Number Six.

The F/A-18 C Hornet aircraft, the centerpiece of the Kuss Memorial, is on permanent loan to the Town of Smyrna from the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola. One of the conditions of the permanent loan is that the memorial must be maintained by the town.

In the next few years, the Hornet will need a paint job at a cost of between $15,000 and $20,000.

One eye-catching runner was U.S. flag waving Smyrna resident Randy Woodward, running with his wife, Susan.

Randy is a combat wounded veteran and a Navy SeaBee who was injured on a deployment in 2005 when his vehicle struck an improvised mine. With running a key component in his recovery, Randy vowed to carry his American flag — a pole-mounted five by eight flag — in a race in every state. Susan said Randy has participated in 12 marathons in the past year and has carried the flag in 16 states.

The other runners allowed him to stand at the front of the pack at the starting gate during pre-race Pledge of Allegiance.

The overall winner of the Top Gun Night Run was

Cory Gibson, 30, of Hendersonville was the overall winner with a time of 24 minutes, 59 seconds. His mother, Candace Gibson, won her age division, and his father, Mark Gibson, came in third in his age division.

Andrea Hall of Nashville was the overall female winner at 30:08.

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OC Air Show 2019: The full schedule of aerial thrills

The OC Air Show will deliver all kinds of aerial thrills when it returns to Ocean City on June 15-16.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the show, and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team will also perform, along with a wide variety of military and civilian demo teams.

The OC Air Show flight performances will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, centered at 16th street on the Boardwalk. The sequence of flight performances is as follows:

Saturday, June 15

National Anthem – Flag Jump

C-5M Super Galaxy

Panchito B-25 Bomber Flight

Matt Chapman in the Embry Riddle 330LX

USCG Search and Rescue Demo

Canadian Forces Snowbirds

Quicksilver P-51 Mustang Demo by Scott Yoak

USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team

Air Force Heritage Flight

SOCOM Para-Commandos Jump Team

UH-72A Lakota

A-10 Warthogs

U.S. Navy Blue Angels

More: OC Air Show 2019: Who’s performing, where to watch

More: OC Air Show: Blue Angels lead a strong military presence

Sunday, June 16

National Anthem – Flag Jump

C-5M Super Galaxy

USCG Search and Rescue Demo

Panchito B-25 Bomber Flight

Canadian Forces Snowbirds

Matt Chapman in the Embry Riddle 330LX

USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team

Air Force Heritage Flight

Quicksilver P-51 Mustang Demo by Scott Yoak

SOCOM Para-Commandos Jump Team

UH-72A Lakota

A-10 Warthogs

U.S. Navy Blue Angels

If you go:

12th annual OC Air Show

When: June 15 to 16; noon to 4 p.m.

Where: 14th Street to 17th Street, Ocean City

Cost: Free; separate pricing for VIP Penthouse, Drop Zone and Flight Line, prices range from $14 to $400.

Info: https://ocairshow.com/

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OC Air Show Headlined By Blue Angels, Snowbirds

OCEAN CITY The 2019 OC Air Show will showcase a variety of military performers when it returns this weekend to Ocean City.

Although the event is headquartered with multiple attractions on the beach at 16th Street, the acts booked for this year’s air show can be seen all over Ocean City. All major acts will perform Saturday and Sunday with the schedule of performances beginning at noon and ending around 4 p.m.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the event, which will also include the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds for the first time ever.

The Blue Angels team is the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron with aviators from the Navy and Marines. The Blue Angels team was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team (under the same name) in the world, after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931. The six demonstration pilots fly F/A-18 Hornets in more than 30 shows at various locations throughout the United States each year, where they still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in their aerial displays from their inaugural 1946 season.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Snowbirds will also be a highlight. Also known as the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the team is comprised of active duty members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the skill, professionalism and teamwork inherent in the women and men of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the Canadian Armed Forces.

The CAF Snowbirds fly the Canadair CT-114 Tutor, a Canadian-built jet that was used by the Canadian Forces as a basic pilot-training aircraft from 1963 to 2000. The Tutor weighs approximately 7,170 pounds and is powered by a J-85 engine producing 2,700 pounds of thrust.

The team, which performed last year in Ocean City in a rare mid-week stop, consists of approximately 80 Canadian Forces personnel, 24 of whom comprise the show team that travels during the show season. The Snowbirds’ demanding schedule is met through the dedicated teamwork of not only the 11 military pilots and technicians, but also the entire home team. The CAF Snowbirds leave their home base in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and travel to Comox, British Columbia in April each year for about two weeks to practice over different terrain. Starting in May until mid-October, the team travels across North America performing at various air shows. On average, the team will fly approximately 60 air shows at 40 different locations during a single season across North America.

“We’re excited the Snowbirds will be at the OC Air Show for the first time ever,” said Bryan Lilley, president of the OC Air Show.  “Show attendees can definitely expect a great performance.”

The show will also feature two A-10 Warthog Thunderbolts from the 175th Wing of the Maryland Air National Guard. They are scheduled to do flyovers on both show days.

The A-10 Warthog or Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, low, straight-wing aircraft. The design of the wing allows short takeoffs and landings from primitive airfields. Because of this, the A-10 can operate nearly anywhere and provide ground troops with close air support.

There will also be an appearance by the C-5M Super Galaxy from the 436th Airlift Wing based at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The C-5M will fly on one day only – Saturday, June 15.

The C-5M Super Galaxy is the largest transport aircraft in the U.S. military and one of the largest in the world. The C-5M is a modernized version of the legacy C-5 and is operated by the U.S. Air Force. There are 52 C-5Ms in the fleet that are stationed at Dover Air Force Base, Del.; Travis AFB, California; Lackland AFB, Texas; and Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass.

The U.S. Coast Guard out of Atlantic City, N.J. will also stage a search and rescue (SAR) demonstration, which will spotlight how the Coast Guard performs an out-the-door water rescue of a person in distress from an HH-65 Daphine helicopter hovering overhead.

The U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team will also be performing. The team’s F-16CM Fighting Falcon, affectionately known as the “Viper,” is a single-seat, multi-role fighter with the ability to switch between an air-to-ground and an air-to-air role at the touch of a button.

The F-16 Viper Demo Team recently announced a new commander/demo pilot – Major Garret “Toro” Schmitz. From Price, Utah, Schmitz is a combat proven fighter pilot with over 340 combat hours in the F-16.

For more information about the show, please visit http://ocairshow.com/ or follow the show on Facebook.

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OC Air Show 2019: Who’s performing, where to watch

The Ocean City Air Show returns for 2018 with the F-35 and the Thunderbirds Produced by Megan Raymond, Salisbury Daily Times

The OC Air Show returns for a 12th year, offering a mix of military and civilian demo teams which will fly over the beaches and the Boardwalk on June 15 and 16.

Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a returning observer, there’s plenty to see at the air show this year, including some first-time appearances.

Here are five things to know about this year’s show:

Who’s in this year’s lineup?

This year’s show is expected to have a strong military presence. Headlining the show are the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, with a debut from the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds.

“Fans will get a real treat at seeing this team,” said Chris Dirato, director of public relations for OC Air Show.

“Of course, we have a plethora of other military performers including the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team, two A-10 Warthog Thunderbolts from the 175th Wing of the Maryland Air National Guard (flyovers each day) and the C-5M Super Galaxy from the 436th Airlift Wing based at Dover Air Force Base (Saturday only).”

The C-5M Super Galaxy is the U.S. military’s largest transport aircraft.

Civilian performer demo teams will have a presence at the show as well.

Matt Chapman, an aerobatic pilot, will be performing solo in the Embry Riddle 330LX. Chapman has flown aerobatics since 1984. He has achieved several honors at worldwide aerobatic competitions, according to the air show’s website.

The P-51 Mustang, a World War II-era fighter flown by Scott “Scooter” Yoak, will also be demoed. P-51s were used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts.

Where and when is the best place to watch?

You’ll be able to see the performances if you’re between 14th to 17th Streets, with 16th Street being the “Aerial 50 yard line” or Show Center, according to OC Air Show’s website.

Corporate chalets and hospitality tents extending from along the sea wall of The Boardwalk will be at the event site as well.

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Blue angels show

“The Town of Smyrna is glad to have the Blue Angels back in the skies over our community,” said Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed as she joined the Town Council, the City Administrator and other city officials on a Smyrna Airport runway to welcome the Blue Angels.

The Navy flying group was participating in the Great Tennessee Air Show for the first time in the three years since one of its team members, Capt. Jeff Kuss, USMC, was killed when he crashed Blue Angel Tail Number Six into the ground near the Sam Davis Homes during practice for the air show.

Blue Angels pilot Brandon Hempler, LCDR, U.S. Navy flies Aircraft Number Five, and talked to the media about his role on the Blue Angels team.

“We practice six days a week, trying to keep our skills and motivation high,” said Hempler, a native of Kansas. “There is certainly an adrenaline component to the work. However, what really motivates us is the people that come out and watch us. It feels great to put on an amazing show for them.”

“I wanted to serve my country ever since I was small. I did see the movie ‘Top Gun’, and that definitely inspired me. At that time, I had no idea that I wanted to be a Blue Angel. I had grown up in the Midwest, and the Thunderbirds were also inspirational to me. The very first air show that I had ever seen was right here in Smyrna, and it featured the Thunderbirds. They put on an amazing show.”

Hempler said he appreciates the Smyrna Airport from an aviation perspective.

“It looks beautiful, the landing was pretty easy, and you’ve got a nice big runway that’s easy to line up on. It looks like a great place for the crowd to be. I’d say it’s an ideal show site for the Blue Angels.”

Hempler is a combat qualified Naval Aviator with more than 320 aircraft carrier landings to his credit in his deployments. After his tour with the Blue Angels, he will return to the Fleet. The Blue Angels don’t perform a lot of aircraft carrier landings while doing air shows, so he will have to requalify, a process that takes a month or so.

The F/A-18c aircraft used by the Blue Angels can also be rapidly converted from a high-performance air show plane back to a high-performance combat aircraft. However, according to Hempler, the Blue Angels are schedule to convert to the even higher performance Super Hornets, and the Hornets they are currently flying — like the one at Smyrna’s Kuss Memorial — will be retired.

Hempler spoke with the Murfreesboro Post last Thursday, the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Across Europe, there are hundreds of towns that remember an American or British aircraft shot down near them, sometimes killing the aircrew. There are monuments to these aircrews still adorned with fresh flowers.

Hempler said those World War II aircrews and the young men and women now serving in the United States military are the true heroes.

“They are all a testament to what military personnel are capable of,” he said. “A number of people have given their lives in service to our country, and we honor every single one of them.”

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Crowd favorite Blue Angels return to Great Tennessee Air Show

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) – It was impossible not to hear the sound they call ‘freedom’ flying over the Smyrna skies Saturday at the 2019 Great Tennessee Air Show.

Thousands of people braved the scattered rain showers to catch the sights and sounds of some of the best in aviation. The highlight of the show — the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

This air show is a little more special to the community and the pilots than others on this year’s tour, flown in memory of Captain Jeff Kuss who died here ahead of the last air show three years ago.

“I was definitely wanting to be a part, the memorial, and just enjoying the atmosphere that was here,” said Jason Wiley of Franklin.

“I’m glad that they’re back, I hope they keep coming back. It was unfortunate what happened, but he did, you know he’s a hero,” said Doug Stogner from Donelson.

Heroes supporting heroes.

“I’m proud to be a vet, I just come out and support these guys,” said Bruce Barker of Springhill, a retired Airforce flight mechanic, and engineer, “I wish everybody, everybody could come see these guys. This is what it’s all about right here, freedom as it is.”

There were minor rain delays throughout the show but fans roughed it out to see those blue F/A-18’s.

“I never even got under an umbrella, never got under a tent, I said if it rains, it rains, let’s do this!” Wiley said.

Pouring rain postponed the finale 30 minutes, the clouds cleared just long enough for their performance before starting up again.

Some might say someone was looking down.

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Blue Angels pilot emphasizes need for humility, accountability during MTSU visit

The Great Tennessee Air Show returns to Smyrna Airport June 8 and 9

The Great Tennessee Air Show is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9 at Smyrna Airport in Smyrna, Tennessee.

In addition to ground displays of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters ranging from the enormous C-17 military cargo plane to the ultra-lightweight gliders of the Eagleville Soaring Club, there will be vintage and historic aircraft, such as a 1937 American Airlines DC-3. Overhead, aerobatic displays and precision flying by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Team, and the GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team vintage airshow performance squadron flying WWII Navy SNJ trainers.

The Smyrna Airport is about 15 miles east of Nolensville.

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Carrie Sharp flies with the US Navy Blue Angels

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WTVF) — Rain or shine, the Blue Angels will take to the sky this weekend for the Great Tennessee Air Show.

The elite fighter pilots in their F/A 18s captivate crowds with their awe-inspring maneuvers.

Carrie Sharp gives us an inside look at what it’s like to fly with them. Lt. Cary Rickoff took her along for the flight of her life.

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Blue Angels Looking Forward to the Great Tennessee Airshow

‘Waffle House hero’ honored with joyride in Blue Angels jet

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man who wrestled a gun away from a Waffle House shooter has been honored with a joyride in a Blue Angels jet.

The Daily News Journal reports James Shaw Jr. enjoyed a stomach-churning flight over Smyrna Wednesday in a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet.

Blue Angels pilot Lt. Cary Rickoff says he showed Shaw some aerobatics, as well as high-speed and dynamic maneuvers. The G-forces can be intense, and he says Shaw actually lost consciousness for a moment, but Shaw says he woke up laughing.

Shaw is credited with disarming the shooter who killed four people and wounded four others at the Nashville restaurant in 2018. Travis Reinking has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the attack.

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Information from: The Daily News Journal, http://www.dnj.com

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TN Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. flies with Blue Angels

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) – The man known as the Waffle House shooting hero took a once-in-a-lifetime flight Wednesday he says was the best lift he’s ever had.

Navy aircraft will be flying over Smyrna the next few days as The Great Tennessee Airshow returns this weekend.

The No.7 Blue Angels F-8 Hornet seen is this video arrived just this morning. It’s the same aircraft that James Shaw Jr. got the chance to co-pilot.

Wednesday in Smyrna James Shaw Jr. faced a new, fun challenge. He said he sees things different after the tragedy last year, but never from this particular point of view.

“If you look over your left and right shoulder, you’ll see we are quickly flying away from the ground,” he told WKRN.

Even as they fly at the speed of sound, Shaw manages to take a few selfies.  However, when the pair hit 6 Gs, that threw him off for a moment.

But there’s a moment Shaw can’t fight the acceleration.

“I was like a fan up there,” Blue Angel pilot Lt. Cary Rickoff said. “I was asking him his story and I wanted to hear more about it. It was an honor for me to get him up there.”

Upon his return to the ground, Shaw said he has a new appreciation for the Navy’s Blue Angels.

“Just appreciation for what they do, and thankful for what they do for our country, and what they do for us to be able to be over and be free,” he told WKRN.

Shaw said he’s also thankful for the platform to talk about what happened on April 22, 2018.

“I’m glad people can hear the story, hear about the people who lost their lives and the legacy we’re trying to continue to push forward,” Shaw said. “I’m grateful we have support from our navy and everybody else around us. it means a lot.”

Shaw passed out… but did he get sick? Here’s what he told us:

“Definitely don’t eat M&Ms — I can neither confirm nor deny.”

More Blue Angels planes will be arriving on Thursday. The Great Tennessee Air Show takes place on June 8 and 9 in Smyrna.

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Blue Angels return to Middle Tennessee for first time since deadly crash

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Blue Angels make their return to Tennessee skies, three years after one of their own was killed in a crash during a flight exercise in Smyrna.

Captain Jeff Kuss lost his life in an accident on June 2, 2016. Since then, the community of Smyrna dedicated a memorial to the pilot.

The community has welcomed the Blue Angels back to Middle Tennessee with open arms.

“It’s nothing less than what I would expect from Tennessee. We’re generally a very military supportive state,” said Major Jeff Mullins, Blue Angel pilot and Memphis native.

Mullins said he knew Kuss from his time at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

“While Jeff’s memory is a huge part of what we do here, the memory of every service man or woman who is out serving our country right now is really who we need to try and honor as well,” he said.

Major Mullins said he hopes this year’s air show will inspire and give hope to the people of Tennessee.

“Hopefully, inspire them to say, ‘Hey, they can do that through their hard work and dedication. What can we do as society or a culture through our own hard work and dedication?'” said Mullins.

Mullins said it’s important to honor the military, especially on the 75th anniversary of the June 6, 1944 D-Day invasion.

The Great Tennessee Air Show is on June 8 and 9. Six Blue Angel pilots will perform stunts for a large crowd of people at the Smyrna Airport.

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‘Waffle House Hero’ Honored With Joyride In Blue Angels Jet

A Tennessee man who wrestled a gun away from a Waffle House shooter has been honored with a joyride in a Blue Angels jet.

The Daily News Journal reports James Shaw Jr. enjoyed a stomach-churning flight over Smyrna Wednesday in a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet.

Blue Angels pilot Lt. Cary Rickoff says he showed Shaw some aerobatics, as well as high-speed and dynamic maneuvers. The G-forces can be intense, and he says Shaw actually lost consciousness for a moment, but Shaw says he woke up laughing.

Shaw is credited with disarming the shooter who killed four people and wounded four others at the Nashville restaurant in 2018. Travis Reinking has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the attack.

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Blue Angels return to Middle Tennessee

Blue Angels return to Middle Tennessee

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