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Blue Angels fly in for Millville’s weekend show

MILLVILLE — On a tarmac full of aircraft, one plane was the center of attention Wednesday afternoon.

Screeching down the runway came a royal blue plane, one of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels.

The Blue Angels fly F/A-18 jets — each with a starting price tag of about $21 million — that can travel at nearly twice the speed of sound, according to the Blue Angels. They perform precision aerobatic maneuvers with names like the “sneak pass.”

The Millville Wheels and Wings Airshow takes place Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the airport, and Lt. Brandon Hempler flew in Wednesday to promote the show. The Blue Angels are the featured act, which also includes other aircraft and parachute demonstrations.

Rain is possible this weekend, but Hempler said he and his crew can perform different types of shows depending on weather.

“We can do different types of shows all the way down to 1,000-foot ceilings,” he said.

“It may not be high, quick climbs, but it will be close formations that stay lower (to the ground),” he said.

Millville is the only show in New Jersey that the Blue Angels will fly this year.

“We’re excited to be here in the Northeast,” he said. “We’ve got a great show planned.”

Another five planes will arrive Thursday for the weekend.

The weekend’s event includes food and beverages, bounce houses for children and an open field for fans to lay out blankets and watch the air show.

The event will also have a Superbike Challenge in the track.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Children 3 and under attend for free.

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