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More performers lined up for Cape Girardeau air show

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The U.S. Navy will not be the only branch of the armed forces represented when the Blue Angels fly into town later this month.

The Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival announced the lineup of performers Monday. The list includes the U.S. Air Force's A-10 East Demonstration Team and the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team.

Festival director Bruce Loy said the June 19 and 20 show will include skydiving, formation flying, veteran tributes, historical re-enactments and pyrotechnics from 11 performance groups.

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(Southeast Missourian file) Sgt. 1st Class Khalida Hendricks steps away from the plane at approximately 12,000 feet above the ground during the Golden Knights performance at the Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival on Friday, July 6, 2007. Hendricks was the first to jump during the performance and carried the American flag.
"I'm excited to have all the different types of entertainers," he said.

Civilian performers include Franklin's Flying Circus, which includes a sword fight on the wing of a flying plane.

"They bring a little bit of Broadway, if you will," Loy said.

Pilots with Team RV engage in formation flying in planes they built, he said.

Gates open at 9 a.m. June 19 and the Golden Knights will kick off the show at 11:30 a.m. during the national anthem, he said.

The festival will be at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport. For adults, advance tickets are $12 and gate tickets are $15. For children ages 7 to 12, all tickets are $7. Children 6 and younger will be admitted for free. Tickets are available online at http://www.capeairfestival.com.

Loy said the festival is still recruiting volunteers. To volunteer or find out more information, visit www.capeairfestival.com/volunteers.aspx or call 334-6230.

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It looks like these folks are putting together a really nice event. I'm looking forward to it.

-- Posted by rivertales on Tue, Jun 8, 2010, at 1:11 PM

We live in Pensacola. Our home is very close to Naval Air Station Pensacola. On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings the Blue Angels fly a FULL practice show starting at 0830 - 0915. Several times during the practice the F-18 Hornets fly right over our house.. A couple of times it's just a single F-18...but then the entire team of 6 aircraft fly over in their Delta formation. Our grandson holds his ears we look up and love the SOUND OF FREEDOM.

Don't miss this show guys, if you get the chance. Take the kids, take a day off work, paid or unpaid, take your folks, even if they are old and feeble...get them out there for this..they will love you for it.

Just for info...the Blue Angel pilots to not wear G-Suits to counteract the G-Forces. They just grunt and tighten their muscles so they don't pass out. G-Suits are too obstructive to their movements and minute flight control inputs.

However, there should NEVER be a charge to be able to attend a military air-show. The Blue Angels and the Golden Knights are already paid for by our tax dollars. There has NEVER been a fee to see the annual show on Pensacola Beach or on base here at Pensacola...

Just think of how many families won't be able to attend...just because they don't have the money. Time to rethink the cover charge.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Tue, Jun 8, 2010, at 10:52 PM


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