ROME, GEORGIA; May 20, 2015 – JLC AirShow Management is honored to announce today that the United States Navy has confirmed Wings Over North Georgia Air Show & BBQ Classic has been approved to host the F/A-18 Hornet Tactical Demonstration Team performed by the VFA-106 Squadron from NAS Oceana, Virginia. Rated North Georgia’s #1 family weekend event, this world-class air show festival will take place at the Russell Regional (Adm. John Towers Field) Airport in Rome, Georgia on October 3-4 featuring the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, GEICO Skytypers and USMC MV-22 Osprey demo teams — plus country music’s legend “The Charlie Daniels Band.”
Designed as an all-weather jet fighter and attack aircraft, the F/A-18 Hornet is the nation’s first strike-fighter. It was designed for traditional strike applications such as interdiction and close air support without compromising its fighter capabilities. This twin-engine, carrier-based aircraft takes on multiple roles including: air-to-air combat, air-to-ground combat, fighter escort and reconnaissance. The F/A-18 Hornet will fly demonstrations on both weekend days at the show.
F/A-18 Hornets are currently operating in 37 tactical squadrons from air stations world-wide, and from 10 aircraft carriers. The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron proudly flies them. The Hornet comprises the aviation strike force for seven foreign customers including Canada, Australia, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland.
Air show officials also confirms the WWII era F4-U Corsair “Korean War Hero” and P-51D Mustang “Quick Silver” returns to North Georgia this fall performing their solo demonstrations and then joining together as the “Class of 45” honoring their founder’s aviation legacy and America’s Veterans with a memorial flyover during Saturday’s VETERANS PARADE of HONOR!.
The F4-U Corsair was the most capable carrier-based bomber-fighter of World War II. Flown today by Jim Tobul of South Carolina; this aircraft has seen the tests of time. Since discovering the 1945 Corsair in a lime orchard in Homestead, Florida; Jim and his father Joe Tobul bought this airplane in 1981. After a very long rebuilding project, ten years later “Korean War Hero” proudly flew again on December 8, 1991 over the Pittsburgh skies. The P-51 Mustang is one of the most iconic aircraft from WWII and is known for the incredible & unique sound of the 1800 horsepower Merlin Rolls Royce engine as it performs high power aerobatic routines.
The P-51D “Quick Silver”, also known as “The Resurrected Veteran”, celebrates our nation’s armed forces. Thoughtfully designed, each aspect of the paint feature represents and honors those who have served our country and who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Again the father and son team, Bill and Scott “Scooter” Yoak of West Virginia, spent 13 years meticulously working to make the P-51D Mustang a reality. The Quick Silver Mustang is made from parts of Mustangs that were used in every war theater the Mustang was utilized.
“Being retired Air Force veterans, one of our key company goals with creating this Air Show and BBQ Classic festival was to highlight our nation’s military strength and salute our veterans from WWII to present day,” said John Cowman, President of JLC AirShow Management. “The addition of the F/A-18 Hornet Tac Demo Team performing along with the USAF F-22 Raptor; USMC MV-22 Osprey and these grand ole’ war bird demo teams will go a long way toward accomplishing our goals by showcasing our nation’s top-line fighters both past & present as they perform for our air show fans on both days.”
JLC AirShow Management mission is to create world-class family events including the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show and BBQ Classic located in Rome, GA. Guests can register on-line to receive all the air show and BBQ classic news updates and view the complete performer line-up & ticket options at www.WingsOverNorthGeorgia.com. Fans are encouraged to follow the action on Facebook and Twitter ensuring they will be among the first to hear about any breaking news.