April 6-- The Navy's Blue Angels won't be at this year's Vidalia Onion Festival Air Show, BUT...there are plenty of other aerial performers scheduled and Marsha Temples, the air show's veteran organizer, says this will be "one of the best shows we've had in a while." We asked Marsha for a rundown of who's coming to the Sweet Onion City. Here's the line-up.
Randy Ball (214-676-0233) flying a Mig 17 Fighter Jet. This is the only Mig with its guns restored for display.
Tim Weber Airshows, Inc. flying the Geico Extra 300S. Tim started taking flying lessons at the age of 14 and has flown everything from a glider, a WWII Stearman, A Russian YAK to a F-16 jet. He gives a high powered aerobatic act.
Gary Ward flying his (MX2) a high performance plane which is the absolute latest in aerobatic aircraft giving a (almost scary) exciting performance. He loves to take risks and he is from right up the road in Lincolnton Georgia and graduated from Georgia Tech. He has been flying since he was 16 and served in the USAF
Greg Connell flying his Pitts S-2B. the S-2B is the “Hot-Rod” of the Pitts. Greg is from North Augusta and lettered in football and golf.
Wounded Warriors Flight Team flying a L-39 and a P-51(the Cadallic of the Skies). This group of guys pledge to create opportunities for wounded warriors and their families and will be on the static line after their performance to talk with anyone who knows of a wounded soilder.
One of our ground acts will be “World Stunts” Freestyle Motorcross with 2 motorcycles jumping from ramp to ramp and even over a plane.
The other ground act will be Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car going 300 miles per hour.
Tiger Airshows – flying a YAK 55m . Mike Sorenson has painted this plane to look like a tiger and he will take the plane thru large smoke rings. A really unique act and lots of fun for the kids.
U S Army Special Operations Command (Black Daggers) Parachute Team will be jumping this year, opening the Air Show with their jump and later jumping as planes circle their act.
Team MS760 flying 2 MS760 Jets. A creative exciting and dynamic precision military style aerobatic act.
Team RV flying Paris Jets. The world’s largest air show team giving a unique formation and aerobatic act with 12 planes.
United States Air Force A-10’s are coming back and we are really excited to have them here. A great group of guys who love to talk with the crowds and especially young people. Their act is one of the best and they will also do a heritage flight with the P-51.
Be sure to stop by and visit with the Tiger Flight Foundation who love to talk with children and encourage aviation. Lots of other statics like the Geico Nascar, and the Pink fire Truck (The Guardian of the Ribbon). The Air Show is great family entertainment and lots of fun for all ages. There will be lots of great food to choose from and many static planes along with kiddie rides and Huey Helicopter rides available. Children 12 and under are free.
The Onion Festival Air Show at Vidalia Regional Airport is Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30. For more info on the 2011 festival, go to www.vidaliaonionfestival.com.