The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and many civilian aerobatic aircraft are poised to provide several gravity-defying treats over south Atlanta during The Great Georgia Air Show this Halloween weekend.
Great weather will welcome guests as gates open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday for the 17th annual air show located at Falcon Field in Peachtree City. Ticket admission for the day can be purchased at the gate or online.
The Navy’s flight demonstration squadron includes six F/A-18C Hornets and the crowd favorite C-130 transport known as Fat Albert. The team’s C-130 will take-off first performing a 12 minute flight over the crowd followed by the departure of the Hornets. The Blue Angels jets will perform for nearly 40 minutes.
“We are excited and honored to host the Blue Angels,” Air Show Director Tony DellaTorre stated on Monday from the airfield. “They have not been in metro Atlanta since 2010. They are the premier jet demonstration team highlighting our military air power as well as our pride in America.”
The all-Marine crewed Fat Albert will soar across Falcon Field at mid-afternoon to demonstrate six types of C-130 flight profiles used by the men and women of our armed services. Bert’s crew includes veteran Blues pilot Major Dusty Cook and first year pilots Major Mark Hamilton and Capt. Katie Higgins, the Blue Angels first female aviator.
The team’s high-gloss blue and yellow jets will follow performing 31 high precision aerobatic maneuvers demonstrating the handling characteristics of the F/A-18. Lead by Angel 1 team “Boss” Capt. Thomas Frosch, the Angels Diamond Team includes LT. Matt Suyderhoud, LT. Andy Talbott, and LCDR Nate Barton. The two solo pilots, LCDR Mark Tedrow and LT. Ryan Chamberlain, will have both young and old in awe as the pair perform dynamic high speed passes.
“Statistics show that at every performance 40 to 50 youth leave an airshow knowing what their career path is and never veering from it,” DellaTorre added. “We work with our performers to visit local schools and present STEM talks geared to aerodynamics at elementary, middle, and high schools”
Vintage World War II and Korea aircraft, the P-51D Mustang and F4U Corsair, will perform aerobatic flights at separate times as they take to the blue skies each day. Civilian aerobatics will wow the crowds as pilot Mike Goulian steers his Red Bull Air Race aircraft. Pilot Sean Tucker’s Team Oracle stunt bi-plane and John Klatt Airshows “Screamin’ Sasquatch” — a WACO bi-plane powered by a jet engine’s 3,000 pounds of thrust — will keep the action going.
In addition to the aircraft and great food, the Great Georgia Air Show will host a Kid Zone featuring a rock climbing wall and several aviation related inflatables to slide and bounce upon near the flight line. A spider-styled bungee jump will allow most the ability to soar high on a single bound.
“We are hosting the Georgia-Florida football game on not one but two 15 by 10 foot LED screens in our special event tent which is bigger than a football field,” the Air Show Director said as we walked near the flight line. The Halloween air show will include the largest Trunk-or-Treat event as pilots, aircraft static displays and vendors participate in the trick-or-treat fun.
For older children and adults, the air show will also feature an Interactive Zone. The high energy area will feature a mechanical bull, archery tag and an adult climbing rock wall to name a few. Guests can ride aboard a monster truck and fly aboard one of several vintage aircraft during the weekend.
“Air shows are an amazing asset to a community,” DellaTorre said. “They not only provide a great festival environment, but they also give patrons an up close and personal encounter with today’s modern military and its assets.”