The top flight teams in America and Europe will headline the largest air show in the middle south in June as the Blue Angels and Breitling Jet Team headline the Great Tennessee Air Show, event coordinators announced on Monday.
The two-day aviation event will include the Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team and the crowd favorite Heritage Flight, and the World Famous GEICO Skytypers flying their six vintage World War II SNJ-2 aircraft. The air show will take place at the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport on June 4 and 5.
“We’re excited to return to the beautiful countryside of Smyrna, Tennessee for a great air show and fabulous performer lineup,” GEICO Skytypers spokesperson Brenda Little said during a tour of the airport this week. “This air show gives the team a rare chance to perform and sky type for the audiences in the mid south.” The Skytypers last attended the Smyrna show in April 2008 during a successful demonstration also co-headlined with the Blue Angels.
As the Blue Angels celebrate their 70th anniversary season, their six high gloss blue and yellow F/A-18 Hornets will perform last following the lead in by another crowd favorite, Fat Albert. The hulking C-130T is the Blues equipment and personnel transport, and will it make a 12 minute demonstration to showcase the handling characteristics by its all-Marine crew.
“The Blue Angels represent the best of the best out there defending our freedom,” Smyrna Rutherford County Airport executive director John Black said on Monday. “Their demonstrations are a thrill for everyone to witness all that they can do.”
France’s Breitling Jet Team is a popular draw across European air shows each year, and America is currently hosting the aerobatic team this year. Their seven black L-39C Albatros jets will soar in close formation at high speeds performing such gravity defying maneuvers as the ‘vertical split’ and the ‘ocean master wave’.
“The Breitling Jet Team is renowned throughout Europe for their technical ability and finesse, gracefully weaving through the sky at speeds of up to 465 m.p.h.,” Black added as he paused while over looking the airfield. “Such maneuvers are sure to entertain aviation fans of all ages.”
Civilian aerobatic aircraft will perform over the Smyrna airfield as Scott Yoak pilots his Quicksilver P-51D Mustang, and Sean Tucker creates a dizzying display pushing his red Team Oracle biplane to extreme limits. Pilot Jim Tobul’s navy blue F4U Corsair will also perform during both days as he puts the “Korean War Hero” through combat styled maneuvers.
Air Boss Wayne Boggs will keep the popular military and civilian aircraft on schedule as they taxi out and prepare for flight. Boggs, a veteran Air Boss of dozens of air shows, is the star of the popular TV series Air Boss.
The weekend event will also host a special Kids Zone to keep young children entertained during the aerial performances. Special wrist bands will give children unlimited access to clean bounce houses, activities, and slides.
Tickets for the Great Tennessee Air show are now available for purchase online, including advance general admission and advance box seats. VIP parking is also available, and John Black confirmed the parking passes are on a first come, first serve bases.
“With this year’s lineup, aviation fans are in for an extra spectacular Great Tennessee Air Show,” said Black. “We have assembled elite aviation performers to present what will surely be one of the nation’s most talked-about air shows of the season.”