ALCOA (WATE) – We’re just 15 months away from one of the most anticipated events in East Tennessee.
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says his mom flew an airplane while serving in the military and spending moments with her at previous air shows were always good memories.
“It is incredible. You’ll see planes doing all these incredible stunts, you’ll see them down close and they’ll land and tell you what they are. They’ll introduce the pilots and you just get a real feel for what’s goes on,” said Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.
It’s been almost 15 years since McGhee Tyson Airport has hosted an air show but the 134th Air Refueling Wing Commander Thomas Couthern says after 9/11, there were immediate security needs but having the air show back will be a huge recruiting tool.
“It really introduces folks to aviation it kind of lights that fire and makes them want to be apart of aviation whether its flying airplanes or maintaining airplanes or some type of support to the flying mission,” said Couthen.
The Navy’s Premier Demonstration Team “The Blue Angels” will be performing in the show and Couthen says they’re expecting 200,000 people to attend.
“If they love airplanes they’re going to see a lot of airplanes and static displays and the blue angels will perform everyday,” said Couthen.
“They’ll be all kinds of acrobats acts and we’ll see if we can do some fly-bys from various aircraft where people can see all the different airplanes in the Air Force.”
There is no word yet on ticket pricing. Caitlin Newman with McGhee Tyson says the air show, which is set for April 16-17, 2016 will host more than 200,000 people.
Planning for the airshow has already begun and Newman said they decided to bring the air show back to McGhee Tyson after “overwhelming support and commitment” of the air show community.
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