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Terre Haute Air show adds acts, including F-22 Raptor

Tickets are now on sale for the Terre Haute Air Show, which has scheduled new acts to a lineup that already includes the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels.

The USAF’s Air Combat Command F-22 Raptor is among the acts that were announced Tuesday for the Aug. 18 and 19 show at Terre Haute Regional Airport.

Built by Lockheed-Martin, the F-22 is fifth-generation, single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter. Although designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, it also has ground attack, electronic warfare and signal intelligence capabilities.

The Air Force says the plane “represents an exponential leap in war-fighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force.”

“If you have not seen the F-22 fly, you will be amazed at the capability of this aircraft,” say the air show’s organizers. “It’s not to be missed by any aviation enthusiast.”

The air show also has booked the reenactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor with “Tora, Tora, Tora” and the Tora Pyro Team.  Organizers say that act includes “a very high-energy display with up to nine aircraft in front of the crowd and lots of fire, smoke and flames.”

The show also will feature World War II and newer war birds, including a T-28 formation team, Trojan Thunder.

Civilian acts will include Indiana’s own Billy Werth, Matt Younkin, Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys, and Jerry Kirby in Wild Blue. The show also will include the Patriot Parachute Team, made up mostly of former and current U.S. Navy Seals.

It has been 11 years since a major air show has been conducted in Terre Haute.

The 2018 Terre Haute Air Show is projected to attract 50,000 people. Cost is projected at about $400,000, but sponsorships are expected to cover that cost.

Tickets are on sale now. General admission tickets are $10. After May 31, tickets will be $15. Tickets at the gate on the days of the show will be $20. Tickets are available at the show’s website, www.terrehauteairshow.com.

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