The Navy's precision flying team, Blue Angels, are featured in this Saturday and Sunday's "Great Tennessee Air Show" at the Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport.
The Smyrna Rotary Club had a special program Friday morning at the Town Centre. WGNS News spoke with Marine Corps Captain A. J. Harrell, the C-130 pilot. We asked what is a pilot thinking just before the airshow . . .
The Blue Angels are one of the Air Force's best recruiting tools. Their first show was in 1946 in Jacksonville, Florida. The name came when the precision flying team was performing that same year in New York City. One of the founding team members was looking at a magazine while preparing to do the show in the Big Apple, and read a story about a famous nightclub there called the Blue Angel. Now--68 years later, the name remains.
The gates open at 8:00 o'clock each morning to allow an opportunity to walk through aircraft and visit static displays, enjoy the KidsZone and visit exhibits. At noon the opening ceremony and flying begins. The event closes at 4:30 each afternoon.
This year's performers include: U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Marine Corps C-130 "Fat Albert", Sean D. Tucker, Shockwave Jet Truck, Michael Goulian, P-51 "Quicksilver", John Klatt, Jet Waco "Screamin' Sasquatch", Julie Clark, Lucas Oil Skydivers, Rob Holland and Skip Stewart.
For more information, check their website: www.GreatTennesseeAirshow.com. In fact, you can get tickets from this website at a discounted price.
The Blue Angel team shared thoughts that could help individuals with their daily "life" or "work" styles and habits. With the thought that this might help someone, WGNS decided to podcast the entire Smyrna Rotary program for your benefit . . .