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Smoky Mountain Air Show announces lineup


The lineup for 2016 includes the Blue Angels, Greg Koontz, Matt Younkin,
Jacquie ‘B’ Warda, Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Warbirds, Aeroshell
Aerobatics and an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet.

The Smoky Mountain Air Show announced its full lineup Tuesday morning.
The lineup for 2016 includes Greg Koontz, Matt Younkin, Jacquie ‘B’ Warda, Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Warbirds, Aeroshell Aerobatics and an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet.
“The
aerial performers we’re going to introduce right now are some of the
most talented performers anywhere in our industry,” air show announcer
Rob Reider said.
The show will also feature the legendary Blue
Angels. Reider said the Blue Angels will perform at 69 air shows at 35
cities across the U.S. in 2016.
After a nearly 15-year absence, the event returns to McGhee Tyson Airport.

Reider said Koontz will land on a truck, and does a routine “that will be astounding because of how close he comes to crashing the airplane.”
Matt Younkin is the son of legendary air show pilot Bobby Younkin.
Reider said Jacquie “B” Warda began her aerobatic career when she turned 50.

Reider said the CAF Warbirds are in their 70th year of existence. The
P-51 Mustang was considered by many to be the premiere fighter in WWII,
and can travel more than 400 mph.
The Aeroshell Aerobatics will
close out the Smoky Mountain Air Show. The four pilots on the team have
been around for more than 28 years performing at air shows across the
country.
“There are typically very few acts that can close an air
show if you will,” Reider said. “You it’s not over until the fat lady
sings? Well, the fat lady is usually the United States Air Force
Thunderbirds, the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds or the United
States Navy Blue Angels.
“But, if a show doesn’t get a jet team that act right there, the Aeroshell Aerobatic team, can be the fat lady to end the show.”
Reider said the Aeroshell Aerobatics team feature lots of noise and smoke during its shows.
Also on display will be a number of aircraft. Learn more about that here.
A portion of the air show proceeds will be donated to HonorAir Knoxville.
Admission to the Smoky Mountain Air Show is free, but parking passes range from $29-75.
Click here to purchase parking passes to the Smoky Mountain Air Show.
The Smoky Mountain Air Show is scheduled for April 16-17.
The University of Tennessee Orange and White game is also scheduled for April 16 at Neyland Stadium.

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