Great Tennessee Air Show returns to Smyrna Saturday and Sunday

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:12am
Staff reports

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels precision flight demonstration team returns to Middle Tennessee for the first time in four years to headline the 2012 Great Tennessee Air Show this weekend at the Smyrna Airport.

The show will be held Saturday and Sunday featuring aerobatic flight exhibitions, military and civilian aircraft on display, and activities for kids.

The 2012 Great Tennessee Air Show will also include performances by renowned pilot Corkey Fornof, the iconic stunt pilot who has more than 17,000 hours of flight time in nearly 300 different aircraft and has appeared in several Hollywood movies as well as the power-less flight by paraplegic Dan Buchanan in his TK-17 Hang-glider.

Others pilots in the show include:

Rob Holland, 2011 National Unlimited Aerobatic Champion and World Aerobatics Freestyle winner; Viper pilot Jason Newburg; Matt Chapman in his Embry-Riddle 580 Eagle; Michael Wiskus in the Lucas Oil Pitts; John Klatt in his Air National Guard Staudacher S-300 racing Neal Darnell’s Jet Dragster in their Max Adrenaline Wall of Fire.

For fans of wartime planes, there will also be displays by “Scooter” Yoak in his P-51 Mustang and Dave Folk in his F4U Corsair. New this season will be appearances by the U.S. Navy Seals' Parachute team, the Leapfrogs.

Tickets are available online at Gates open at 8 a.m. daily with flying beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. daily. Sam Ridley Parkway near the Smyrna Airport will be closed to traffic from 3 to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.