Rome, Georgia – August 22, 2017: The JLC AirShow Management team is thrilled to announce the 2017 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show performer addition featuring the C-17 Globemaster III demo by the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Airlift Wing on October 21-22 at Rome’s Russell Regional Airport! The 105th is based at Stewart International Airport confirming they’re sending their Globemaster III Demo Team to perform at North Georgia’s #1 Family Event this fall.
Wings Over North Georgia’s Air Show Director, Jim Hite states, “Wings Over North Georgia has been hosting so many of the air show industry’s finest military jet demo teams, this is our first time hosting the NYANG C-17 Demo Team. Adding this heavy airlifter demo to the performer line-up headlining USN Blue Angels Jet Team and Fat Albert Airlines is just over the top for us retired Air Force tactical airlifters.”
JLC AirShow Management President John Cowman echoed the director’s comments, “It’s not everyday an air show attendee gets the opportunity to witness a four engine, 485,000 pound military jet transport BEAST show off their airlift capabilities.” The weekend schedule provides air show fans with a two-day world-class show program that includes aerial performances, static aircraft displays, and premium airport camping. For the complete air show information, performer line-up, tickets, and camping options, go visit WingsOverNorthGeorgia.com.
About C-17 Globemaster Demo Team
The C-17 Globemaster III is the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the military airlift force. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area.
The C-17 measures 174 feet long with a wingspan of 170 feet wide. The aircraft is powered by four, fully reversible, Federal Aviation Administration-certified F117-PW-100 engines (the military designation for the commercial Pratt & Whitney PW2040), currently used on the Boeing 757. Each engine is rated at 40,440 pounds of thrust. The thrust reverser direct the flow of air upward and forward to avoid ingestion of dust and debris.
Its cruise speed is approximately 450 knots and it has a range of 2,400 nautical miles without refueling. Maximum payload capacity of the C-17 is 170,900 pounds and its maximum gross takeoff weight is 585,000 pounds. The C-17 is designed to airdrop 102 paratroopers and equipment. The design of the aircraft allows it to operate from small airfields. The C-17 can take off and land on runways as short as 3,500 feet and only 90 feet wide. Even on such narrow runways, the C-17 can turn around using a three-point star turn and its backing capability.
The C-17 made its maiden flight on Sept. 15, 1991, and the first production aircraft was delivered to Charleston Air Force Base on June 14, 1993. The first squadron of C-17s, the 17th Airlift Squadron, was declared operationally ready Jan. 17, 1995. The Air Force originally planned to buy 120 C-17s but have increased the total number to 223 aircraft.
About Wings Over North Georgia Air Show
Tickets for the sixth annual Wings Over North Georgia Air Show presented by Parker FIberNet headlining the USN Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron are available now on-line. Tickets and family packages for the air show weekend include reserved airport parking, general admission, bleacher, box, patio and chalet experiences. Wings Over North Georgia offers airport Premium Infield & Standard Dry Camping Experiences — camping spaces are in limited supply, guests can book an advance only camping experience on-line.
Airport and remote parking lots will open at 7:30 a.m., and the entry gates will open to guests at 9:00 a.m. on both days of the air show. The Daily Schedule — opening ceremonies will kick-off at 11:15 a.m. followed by the national anthem, flag drop and flying performances to start at 12:00 noon.
Fans can follow the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show across social media through Facebook and Twitter for real time air show informational updates and traffic/parking conditions. These popular social media sites will allow our followers to stay in touch before they arrive and during the performances.
The Wings Over North Georgia air show is an FAA, DOD, and International Council Air Shows (ICAS) recognized event. For the full list of world-class performers, activities, and ticket options — air show fans, exhibitors, vendors, and sponsors can visit the official Wings Over North Georgia air show website.
With this world-class performer line-up confirmed, remaining Premium Seating options are expected to sell out much sooner than previous air show years!
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