By: Vivian Duncan
GALLERY: The Great Georgia Airshow
The Great Georgia Air Show, featuring the Blue Angels, was held Saturday and Sunday, October 31st and November 1st at the Peachtree City airport. What began as a local fundraiser at the close of the last millennium has now become a nationally renowned event.
The show consists of various planes, pilots and even cars that made appearances and displayed their skills. During the show, there were also many different vendors, sponsors, and organizations set up throughout the airport. There was also live music, kid zones with bouncy houses, simulators, climbing walls, and helicopter or monster truck rides.
The Blue Angels also made an appearance. The Blue Angels are the United State’s Navy’s flight demonstration squad, and the team of pilots put on an exciting performance for spectators.
Saturday was a great success, with over 45,000 spectators in attendance. The Blue Angels gave a spectacular performance. There were many other performances, including a rocket-powered biplane called the “Screamin’ Sasquatch” racing a rocket-powered sports car with pyrotechnics in the background.
As the announcer said, “What is an air show without pyro? A fly-in.”
Sunday was a success as well but was dampened by the weather. Despite the threat of rain, The Great Georgia Air Show made the decision not to cancel in case of the opportunity to do some low shows. There were over 10,000 pre-sold tickets for Sunday and the Air Show committee did not want to disappoint.
The Blue Angels, however, were unable to fly, but everyone had a great time gathering under a giant tent as well as interacting with the pilots.
“An air show is an outdoor event and weather has its own mind,” said the event website. Other than the weather, everything else ran smoothly and the crowd was again reported to be happy and content.
One of the organizations that was a part of the air show was the Dixie Wing Historical Airpower Facility of the Commemorative Air Force. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) consists of more than 10,000 members, over 160 airplanes and 83 wings, squadrons and detachments located throughout the US and four other countries.
The CAF’s purpose as an organization is to acquire, restore and preserve the flying condition of various combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States as well as selected aircraft of other nations for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.
The CAF also provides rides in warbirds, including the North American P-51 Mustang, a well-known plane among pilots. You can explore their website and make donations at dixiewing.org.