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The Blue Angels perform during the 2016 Wings Over South Texas air show at Naval Air Station Kingsville.

The Wings Over South Texas Air Show will roar through the Coastal Bend on Saturday and Sunday at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.

However, fans of the event and its aviators will get a chance to meet the air show performers the night before engines start.

Veterans Memorial High School’s colors will change from red and navy to blue and gold when it hosts a meet-and-greet with the Blue Angels pilots and other aviators at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 31. Visitors are invited to mingle with the pilots and get their autographs at Meet the Blues, which is free to attend. Organizers also will preview the two-day air show, which attracts thousands of people each year to the Coastal Bend. The Meet the Blues event is normally held on the hosting naval air station. Moving the event to the high school means more of the public will be able to attend, not just those who have access to the air station.

A young girl on a man’s shoulders watches as the Blue Angels take off at the start of their performance during the 2016 Wings Over South Texas Air Show at Naval Air Station Kingsville. (Photo: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times)

On Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, the base will open its gates to residents at 8:30 a.m. for the free air show.

“This is something we’re happy to do so we can say thanks to the community, because without the community support, we wouldn’t be where we are today,” said Fifi Kieschnick, public affairs officer for Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.

The aerial stunts begin at 11 a.m. with the Army GoldenKnights Parachute Demo performing sky diving maneuvers that are synchronized with the national anthem performed below.

The spectacle continues with flights by Rob Holland, the Trojan Phylers, Paul Fiala, Air Force F-16 Viper Demo, Prowlers of the Pacific and more. But the highlight of the show is the Blue Angels, which will perform at 3 p.m.

Members of the public stand in an Air Force transport plane during the 2016 Wings Over South Texas air show at Naval Air Station Kingsville. (Photo: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times)

If the kids want to soar into fun on the ground, be sure to check out the Kids’ Zone with attractions such as a shuttle playground, an obstacle course, a bounce house, bungee trampoline and more. There will also be static displays of various military aircraft, including war birds, Coast Guard and Fleet aircraft and Navy trainers.

“(We hope visitors have) a greater appreciation of our military and the folks who fly and spend their lives doing this and to enjoy themselves,” Kieschnick said. “Some of the acts are truly spectacular.”

Though the event is free, premium VIP seats are available for $120 for adults and $85 for children 6 to 14 years old and $110 and $75 respectively on Sunday. The tickets include VIP base entry and parking, reserved seating in a viewing area, catered lunch from noon to 3 p.m., beverages, a complimentary air show poster and several air-conditioned comfort stations.

Tora! Tora! Tora! performs during the 2016 Wings Over South Texas air show at Naval Air Station Kingsville. (Photo: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times)

IF YOU GO 

What: Wings Over South Texas Air Show
When: Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2
Where: Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, 11001 D St.
Cost: Free to attend; $120, adult VIP Saturday tickets; $85 children VIP Saturday tickets; $110, adult VIP Sunday tickets; $75, children VIP Sunday tickets
Information: www.wingsoversouthtexas.com

Schedule

8:30 a.m.: Gates open – South/Main Gate from SPID/NAS Drive

9 a.m.: Air Show flight line opens

11 a.m.: Air Show begins

National Anthem

U.S. Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Demo

Rob Holland (MXS-RH)

Training Air Wing FOUR (T-6, T-44, C-12)

Training Air Wing TWO (T-45)

Trojan Phlyers (T-28)

U.S. Coast Guard SAR Demo

Paul Fiala (Great Lakes Bi-Plane)

U.S. Navy’s P-8

Jerry Conley (DE Havilland DH 100 Vampire)

Beth Ann Jenkins (USMC B-25 PBJ-CAP Devil Dog Squadron)

U.S. Marine Corps’ MV-22 Osprey

Skip Stewart (Pitts S-2S)

Randy Ball (Mig-17)

Rob Holland (MXS-RH)

U.S. Air Force’s F-16 Viper Demo

Prowlers of the Pacific

U.S. Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Demo

3 p.m.: U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels

4 p.m.: Air show ends

*Schedule and performers subject to change

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