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Blue Angels soar into town for Wings Over South Texas

Are you an aviation buff? If so, you have something to look forward to this weekend in Kingsville.

The Wings Over South Texas air show will take place at NAS Kingsville.

The headliner is none other than the US Navy Blue Angels.

The Blue Angels are the premiere jet team for the United States military so having them here will set the stage for this world class air show.

The Wings Over South Texas Air Show is a 2 day event being held from March 24th-25th at the Naval Air Station Kingsville.

Like every year, it’ll be an action-packed event that you and your family can enjoy together.
The Blue Angels’ C-130, affectionately known as Fat Albert, will kick off the demonstration by exhibiting its maximum performance capabilities during a 10-minute performance.

This will be followed by graceful aerobatic maneuvers by the four-jet Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of its two solo pilots.

Finally, the team will illustrate the pinnacle of precision flying, performing maneuvers locked as a unit in the renowned, six-jet Delta Formation.

The base will open its gates at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday for the free event, and many of the festivities, like meeting the Blues, will begin on Friday at 5 p.m. at J.K. Northway Expo Center, 501 E Escondido Road, in Kingsville.

The air show flights will start at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Like the show in 2016, Wings Over South Texas will once again highlight America’s veterans. In 2016, the show paid tribute to Vietnam Veterans. This year the focus will be on women veterans.

Wings Over South Texas Air Show Full Schedule:

Friday, March 23:

5 p.m. Meet the Blues rally at the JK Northway Expo Center in Kingsville.

The event offers the best view of the Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment, an enhancement to this year’s show. The Kingsville Visitors Center will be onsite to take your photos and will kick off a photo contest on their new Instagram page,

Saturday and Sunday

  • 9 a.m. Gates/Midway Open
  • 10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies honoring women veterans and featuring the U.S. Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Entertainment acts (order subject to change)

· Paul Fiala

· Randy Ball

· Redline Airshows

· Rob Holland

· Tora! Tora! Tora!

· Younkin Airshows

3 p.m. U.S. Navy Blue Angels  

Blue Angel Show Facts:
1. An estimated 15 million spectators view the squadron during air shows each year.
2. The highest maneuver performed in an air show is the vertical rolls performed by the Opposing Solo, up to 15,000 feet and the lowest maneuver performed in an air show is the Sneak Pass, performed by the Lead Solo at 50 feet.
3. The fastest speed flown during an air show is about 700 mph (just under Mach 1; Sneak Pass) and the slowest is about 120 mph (Section High Alpha).
4. The basic acquisition price of a single F/A-18 Hornet is approximately $21 million.
5. The F/A-18 can reach speeds just under Mach 2, almost twice the speed of sound or about 1,400 mph.
6. An F/A-18 weighs about 24,500 pounds empty of all ordnance and aircrew.
7. The trail of smoke left by each aircraft is produced by pumping biodegradable, paraffin-based oil directly into the exhaust nozzles of the aircraft where the oil is instantly vaporized into smoke. It provides an obvious path for spectators to follow and enhances the safety of flight by providing a means by which solo pilots can see each other during opposing maneuvers. It poses no hazard to the environment.

For more information visit:  www.wingsoversouthtexas.com

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