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The New Orleans Air Show is Returning in March

15:00 February 03, 2022
By: Frances Deese

The annual New Orleans Air Show is back this year, taking place from March 19-20, 2022.

The event will take place at the Naval Air Station Joint Base Reserve New Orleans, which is located in Belle Chasse, LA. Guests can come and experience some of America's top aviators, both military and civilian, static displays of planes and other military equipment, a "Kids Zone" and more. Parking and admission to the event are free, with gates opening at 8 a.m. and the show starting at 10 a.m.

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The U.S Navy Blue Angels will be welcomed back and the Flight Demonstration Team will be flying six F/A-18 Hornets and the C-130 Hercules named Fat Albert. This high-performance demonstration is sure to be stunning and showcases the velocity of the aircrafts, as well as the precision of the pilots and crew.

The Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team is more than just a group of individuals. Brought together to represent the United States Navy and Marine Corps, this team combines the best and brightest that are at the top of their craft. This team mission is more than a job to them. It's a passion and their camaraderie and chemistry assure that.

During their aerobatic demonstration, The Blues Angels will fly six F/A-18 Hornet Aircrafts, split into the diamond formation (Blue Angels 1 through 4) and the lead and opposing solos (Blue Angels 5 and 6). Most of the show alternates between maneuvers performed by the diamond formation and those performed by the solos. Integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities.

Other military groups putting on demonstrations will include F-16 Demo Team, VFA-204 F-18s, Louisiana Air National Guard F-15s, Marine Air/Ground Task Force Demonstration, Coast Guard SAR Demo, and the Black Daggers.

There are also some exciting civilian acts. The most sought-after announcer on the North American Air Show Circuit, Rob Reider, will be presenting the event. As a former Midwest TV personality, Reider has received five Emmy Awards for his on-air performances and musical compositions. He has also earned The International Council of Air Shows "Sword of Excellence" Award, the highest award in the air show industry.

Some of the civilian demonstrations will include the North American Aviation P-51 Quick Silver Mustang, which will be flown by Scott "Scooter" Yoak. This American made air craft was primarily used during World War II, and the mission of the Quick Silver Flight Team is to honor and pay tribute to the thousands of veterans who sacrificed their lives for the freedom and security of others.

There will be two air shows that are Redline Airshows and Adam Baker Airshows. The Redline Airshow is an exciting formation of an aerobatic flight team that thrills crowds with a display of nerve, skill, and showmanship. Adam Baker Airshows' unique air show team is known for their colorful airplane scheme and matching personalities. The 12-minute aerial performance will be a combination of crisp competition style maneuvers and hard-core gyroscopic tumbles and will reach speeds of up to 270 miles per hour.

The Shockwave and Flash Fire Jet Truck will also be present. This custom-built race truck is equipped to handle speeds of up to 350 miles per hour and is an assault on the senses, with huge flames coming out of the three after burner engines and the smoke stacks along with deafening noise and speed. It races planes at air shows all across North America.

Pilot Jesse Panzer is honored to be flying her Pitts Special Bi-Plane and for another chance to share her passion for flight with air show fans across the country. Panzer started flying when she was 18 and earned her Aeronautical Science Degree at Embry-Riddle University in Prescott, Arizona. She is a certified flight instructor in airplanes, rotorcraft, and seaplanes. She has spent her career as a corporate pilot while still actively pursuing her passion for aerobatics and sport aircraft flying.

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