ROME, GEORGIA; April 30, 2016 – JLC AirShow Management is pleased to announce that the United States Navy has confirmed Wings Over North Georgia Air Show has been approved to host the “F/A-18 Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration Team“ from the VFA-106 Squadron from NAS Oceana, Virginia. Rated North Georgia’s #1 family weekend event, this world-class air show will take place at Rome’s Russell Regional Airport on October 29-30 headlining the“UNITED STATES AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRDS“ Military Jet Demonstration Squadron — plus country music’s Grammy Winning Artist “TRAVIS TRITT“.
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 Hornet will fly tactical 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.
Officials also confirm the WWII era F4-U Corsair “Korean War Hero”and P-51D Mustang “Quick Silver” will return 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 our 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 from the 1800 horsepower Merlin Rolls Royce engine as it performs high power aerobatic routines. The P-51D Mustang “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.
“As retired Air Force Veterans, one of our key company goals with creating this Air Show 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 USN F/A-18 Super Hornet TAC Demo Team performing along with the USAF Thunderbirds 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.”
“VIP AirShow Experience” — For those guests that demand the very best air show and concert experience, we offer a limited “Gold VIP AirShow Experience” ticket package. This Gold VIP pass includes the popular Chairman’s Club Chalet, choice of available Concert Seating from either of the front three (3) rows plus a Reserved Gold VIP Airport Parking Pass.
In addition to the general admission guests concert viewing areas, we offer a limited amount of reserved concert seating options creating the private party experience for our fans who prefer the best viewing opportunities with a reserved seat at the concerts. The on-line“Concert Seating“ options include Blue ($79), Green ($59) and Yellow ($49) seating sections. Each reserved concert seat purchased includes your General Admission air show admission.
A complete menu of air show Tickets, Packages, Bleachers and Chairman’s & Family Club Chalet options are available now ON-LINE. Fans can also receive an additional 15% discounts on the daily General Admission tickets purchased now through May 31st.
The Wings Over North Georgia air show and Smoke-n-Thunder BBQ Classic “DOUBLE” weekend is an FAA, DOD, KCBS, GBC and International Council Air Shows (ICAS) recognized family event. For the full list of performers, attractions and ticket options — Air Show and BBQ Classic fans, vendors and sponsors alike can visit the official air show web site at WingsOverNorthGeorgia.com for complete show details.
Wings Over North Georgia
Russell Regional Airport
Office: (706) 291-0030