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Your guide to the Guardians of Freedom Air Show

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The Guardians of Freedom Air Show will soar Saturday and Sunday at the Lincoln Air Park.

Here are a few things you need to know if you’re planning to head out to see some of the best air show performers in America, including civilian and military aerobatic acts and parachute teams.

Gates open: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. both days.

Show starts: 11 a.m.; Blue Angels will perform both days.

Cost: Admission is free, but rides, vendors and concessions will be available at a cost, and no outside food or drink is allowed.

Directions: From Interstate 80 or West O Street, take Northwest 48th Street and head north. From U.S. 34, head south on Northwest 27th or Northwest 48th streets. Signs will be posted.

Parking: It’s free and available throughout Air Park east of Northwest 48th Street. Parking will be bordered on the north by West Cuming Street and on the south by West Mathis Street. Law enforcement will direct vehicles in and out of parking areas.

Performances: The Blue Angels are the stars of the show, but there are a number of other performances scheduled throughout the weekend. The Air Force’s precision parachuting team, Wings of Blue, will haves eyes focused skyward, along with the F-22, considered the world’s best fighter plane. There will be fighter planes from the past, including the TORA 101 and P-40 Desert Shark. One of the fastest trucks in the world, the Flash Fire Jet Truck, will perform at ground level.

Air Show Village: A recruitment tent will have representatives from all branches of the military, antique cars, retired astronaut Clayton Anderson, aircraft models, vintage military equipment and the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development Job Fair & Workforce Recruitment.

For the kids: Also in Air Show Village, children will be able to burn off some energy jumping, exploring, sliding and climbing at the Kid’s Zone. They can bounce under an inflatable Navy Blue Angel and Air Force Thunderbird, as well as slip down the space shuttle slide. Rainbow Trout the Clown will offer face painting and temporary glitter tattoos.

Ride along: Awe-inspiring rides will include a Bell 47 helicopter for $35 a person; a chance to drive a Ferrari F430 or Lambourghini Gallardo Spyder for $99.50 (must be 21 or older and have full coverage personal auto insurance); a ride in a historic P-51 gunfighter — $1,795 in advance or $1,895 day of the show for 30 minutes; $2,895 in advance and $2,995 day of show for 50 minutes. More, lincolnairshow.com.

Rain: If Mother Nature decides to douse the event, the show will continue with modifications; some flying demonstrations could be delayed or postponed, unless weather poses a serious safety threat.

Shade: Areas of shade will be limited in the flight line. If you need relief from the sun, try taking a walk through some of the larger static displays.

Bring along: The Air Show encourages spectators to bring lawn and camp chairs, blankets, cameras, video recorders and empty plastic bottles that can hold up to 24 ounces. Everything brought in is subject to being searched.

Leave at home: The show does not allow coolers, outside food or drink (except for baby food and formula), glass containers, pets, backpacks, large bags, fireworks, laser pointers, tents, awnings, large umbrellas, remote-controlled devices or weapons — anything considered dangerous; or transportation devices (except medical transport) such as skateboards, bikes, golf carts, Heelys, hoverboards and Segways.

Smoking: Allowed in designated areas.

Get the App: The Air Show app lets you view parking lot maps and set a pin to remind you where you parked, see pictures and bios of performers, get notifications and alerts and find your way with a paperless map. Available through Google Play or the App Store.

The event is sponsored by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska National Guard and Lincoln Airport Authority.

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