Blue Angels headline air show attractions
By BRYON OKADA, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
FORT WORTH — It just wouldn’t be the Cowtown we know and love without the long history of civil and military aviation. It has been the backbone of our economy. It still is.

And the annual air show at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, the fifth fastest-growing industrial airport in the world, is part of it.

It was the first air show approved by the Federal Aviation Administration after 9-11.

It’s that time again.

Seven sure things

  1. Navy Blue Angels: This is the big draw and it’s the only North Texas performance by a major military jet team this year.
  2. Army Golden Knights: This parachute team will demonstrate their Army spirit with a skydiving exhibition. We’ve got the Gold Team at this show, so go see Sgt. Brandon Valle of North Richland Hills jump.
  3. Army Sky Soldiers: Precision aerobatics similar to the Blue Angels, except these guys fly helicopters.
  4. Air Force Reserve Jet Car: Is it a drag car or a plane? Whichever, it goes 0 to 400 mph in eight seconds.
  5. Red Baron Pizza Squadron: This aerobatic team keeps the legendary Baron alive while promoting the pizza.
  6. Virtual Army Experience: A tent where you can be part of a team in a 20-minute simulated Army experience, including using light arms and deploying anti-tank missiles in a virtual “mission to capture a terrorist leader.”
  7. Kidzone: Bounce houses, power jump, two obstacles courses and what’s being billed as the world’s largest inflatable slide.

If you go

Showtime: Gates open at 9 a.m. today and Sunday. Performances begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. The first performer will be Sean Tucker and Team Oracle, an aerobatics show. The Blue Angels should start flying about 3 p.m.

Getting there: Alliance Airport is just off of Interstate 35W, north of downtown Fort Worth. Northbound traffic should take the Alliance Boulevard exit and southbound traffic should take the Eagle Parkway exit.

Parking: $15 per vehicle

Admission: Free

Bring: Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, hearing protection, lawn chairs and umbrellas.

Leave at home: Food, drinks (including alcohol), coolers, pets, bicycles, skateboards, scooters and in-line skates.

Weather: High in the 80s; wind, 25-30 mph.

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