Georgia Air Show a Homecoming Event for Some Blue Angels

Rome, Georgia will serve as the homecoming site for several of the US Navy Blue Angels pilots and crewmembers at Wings Over North Georgia Air Show on Oct. 21-22 at the Russell Regional Airport, the group said.

For a select group of Blue Angels pilots and crewmembers, the Rome air show will be in familiar surroundings, allowing them to perform for family and friends. Sandy Springs High School graduate and Atlanta native Cmdr. Frank Weisser will perform in the No. 5 Lead Solo position for the team while North Cobb High School graduate and Kennesaw native Lt. Tyler Davies flies the No. 6 Opposing Solo aircraft. Both are looking forward to performing close to their hometowns in northwest Georgia.

The Blue Angels will demonstrate the power and maneuverability of its F-18 fighter aircraft flying in tight formations and close passes, but a favorite part for many of the team members is visiting local area schools. Pilots and crewmembers conduct appearances at area schools to talk with students about careers in aviation and pursuing their dreams. A number of the Blue Angels team members will participate in school visits during the days prior to the air show.

In addition to the Blue Angels performance, the C-17 Globemaster III Demo Team will demonstrate the awesome power of the giant cargo aircraft known as “Fat Albert.” Weighing in at more than 300,000 pounds, the 174-foot long plane with a 169.8-foot wingspan will amaze spectators as the giant aircraft uses a departure climb angle of 35 degrees to reach an altitude of 1,500 feet before reaching the end of the runway.

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