Sun, Feb 14, 2016


Blue Angels Draw Crowds To "The Great Tennessee Airshow"

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The MTSU Aerospace Department brought two of its DA-40 Diamond Star training aircraft for the public to view at the Great Tennessee Air Show in Smyrna, Tennessee.
Skip Stewart (left), a 1992 graduate of MTSU's Aerospace Department, met with MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee.
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee (center) meets with students and faculty of MTSU's Aerospace Department at the Great Tennessee Airshow in Smyrna, Tennessee.
The Aerospace Department at Middle Tennessee State University was out in full force Saturday at the Great Tennessee Air Show. 
MTSU was the presenting sponsor for the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels precision flight team. And about 25 faculty and students worked a display tent about the Aerospace Department that featured two training aircraft. 
"It's important not only to expose our Aerospace Department, but our school," said Tyler Babb, an assistant professor of aerospace and organizer of the Air Show effort for MTSU. 
"There are a lot of people in the community who know about us, who know that we're there, who know we're a big school," he said. "But to actually show up (at the Air Show) and hand them information about our school is a very direct link."
President Sidney A. McPhee and Bud Fischer, dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, toured the Air Show on Saturday and spent time with students and faculty at the MTSU Aerospace tent. 
"It's very appropriate for MTSU, one of the premier aerospace universities in the country, to have a very visible and prominent role at one of the nation's top air shows," McPhee said. 
The President also was pleased to see two of the Aerospace Department's Diamond DA40 aircraft at the show. Show goers were allowed to climb behind the controls of the aircraft. 
CLICK HERE to see an MTSU video of the Great Tennessee Airshow. 
"We have made considerable investments in our Aerospace Department," McPhee said. "I'm pleased our partnership with the Great Tennessee Air Show allows us to showcase our program."
McPhee and other MTSU representatives toured the flight line following the Blue Angels' show and met with the Navy and Marine pilots and crew members. 
The air show continues Sunday. For more information, go to
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