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Blue Angels arrive Thursday/Expect loud skies through Sunday

Owensboro, get ready for the skies to rumble.

The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels arrive at Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport on Thursday morning for the seventh annual Owensboro Air Show this weekend.

And they’ll be blasting through the skies at speeds of between 120 mph and 700 mph in practice runs Thursday and Friday.

Expect an explosion of sound with around 100 decibels when the F/A-18 Hornets pass over.

That’s as loud as, well, six jet engines.

Other aircraft will also be flying practice runs Thursday and Friday.

But they won’t be nearly as loud as the Blue Angels.

Just remember the sounds the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds made in 2015.

An advance jet, with the Blue Angels’ narrator, will be in Owensboro on Wednesday, Sept. 12, to take two Daviess County Public Schools principals on flights over the city.

Leslie Peveler, principal at Highland Elementary School, and Tricia Murphy, principal at Whitesville Elementary School, will be going up at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The entire team will be flying in about 10 a.m. Thursday.

When the Angels practice on Thursday and Friday, the Glover H. Cary Bridge downtown has to close to traffic.

That will be between noon and 4 p.m. on Thursday and 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Friday.

The bridge will also be closed for the air show from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Tim Ross, the city’s public events director, said he expects more than 50,000 people from several states to be in downtown Owensboro this weekend for the airshow.

The Blue Angels were last in Owensboro on Labor Day weekend in 1991.

They drew an estimated 30,000 people to Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport that Saturday and another 5,000 on that Sunday.

Because of the $7 entrance fee to the airport, thousands more watched from areas outside the airport.

This time, though, everything is free.