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Blue Angels arrive in Tuscaloosa for air show

Lt. Brandon Hempler wants to make hopes soar during this weekend’s Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show.

“Our true mission is to inspire a culture of excellence,” the member of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels said Thursday, after the precision flight demonstration squadron arrived in Tuscaloosa.

Hempler said the Blue Angels’ meticulous choreographed flying can show what’s possible when people dedicate themselves to a goal.

“Maybe we can inspire people to work extra hard … to go out and do that thing that you always wanted to do but never had the courage to do,” the Wamego, Kansas, native said.

The air show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, 7601 Robert Cardinal Airport Road.

Other aerobatics teams will take to the air at noon both days, with the Blue Angels soaring at 3 p.m.

The air show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, 7601 Robert Cardinal Airport Road.

Other aerobatics teams will take to the air at noon both days, with the Blue Angels soaring at 3 p.m.

Admission at the gate will be $15 for adults and $8 for children 6 to 11 years old. Children 5 years old and younger will be admitted free. Online tickets can be purchased at www.tuscaloosaregionalairshow.com at $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Shuttle buses will be available beginning at 9 a.m. both days at:

‒ Tuscaloosa County High School at 12500 Wildcat Drive in Northport

‒ The Tuscaloosa Intermodal Facility’s downtown parking deck at 601 23rd Ave.

‒ The former Kmart parking lot at 635 Skyland Blvd.

Phyllis Odom, who represents District 1 on the Tuscaloosa City Council, said the air show will “bring excitement, something for citizens to look forward to.” It’s also a big economic benefit to Tuscaloosa, she said, drawing visitors from the city’s surrounding areas.

“I expect to see a tremendous amount of people show up for both days,” Odom said.

This weekend’s Tuscaloosa performance will be the fifth for the Blue Angels since 2009, its first since 2015. It will be Odom’s second time to enjoy the aerobatics, so she’s looking for an insipiring experience.

“I’ll be like a kid in a candy shop,” Odom said.

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