The Smoky Mountain
Air Show today announced Vanquish Worldwide is the premier sponsor of
the April 16-17, 2016, air show that will feature The Blue Angels at
McGhee Tyson Airport.
According to a
release, Vanquish will assist Smoky Mountain Air Show in hosting the
thousands of visitors expected to attend the show and will also benefit
HonorAir Knoxville, the show’s community partner.
“Vanquish is thrilled to support
such a long-awaited event sure to positively impact our region,” said
Eric W. Barton, president and CEO of Vanquish Worldwide. “However, as a
veteran, I believe this air show has an even greater importance as it
allows us to increase awareness and funding for HonorAir Knoxville,
which truly does honor those who have given so much for this great
“Vanquish Worldwide is a leader
int he logistics and transportation industry and now takes the lead as
the premier sponsor the Smoky Mountain Air Show,” said Howard Vogel,
chairman of the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority’s board of
commissioners. “We would like to thank them for their support and look
forward to working with them to host thousands of visitors in 2016.”
Headquartered in Blount County,
Vanquish provides logistics solutions and a wide variety of services to
government and commercial clients worldwide.
The Blue Angels , the U.S. Navy’s
premier flight demonstration team, will perform at the show at McGhee
Tyson Air National Guard Base.
The last year the Blue Angels flew in an air show at the base was 2000.
Blount County is partnering with
Knox County, Knoxville City Government, the Metropolitan Knoxville
Airport Authority and the Air National Guard to sponsor the show.
According to estimates, the air show could bring in $12 million to the
area in economic impact.
Proceeds from the air show will
go directly to HonorAir, which is dedicated to flying as many East
Tennessee veterans as possible free of charge to see the memorials built
in their honor in Washington, D.C.