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10 Apr 2018 Faith Henley
Millions of people will see the Blue Angels perform in 2018, including several thousand here in Tuscaloosa. Millions of people will see the Blue Angels perform in 2018, including several thousand here in Tuscaloosa. Robbie Walker

‘The Greatest Show Above Earth’ is returning to Tuscaloosa once again. The 2018 Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show, presented by Pepsi, is set for April 14-15 at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport. 

Thousands of spectators are expected to attend the two-day show, which features the Blue Angels. This elite squad of Navy and Marine Corps jet pilots will once again give stunning aerial demonstrations. This marks the fifth time the Blue Angels have performed at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport since 2009. 

The air show also includes children’s activities and an aviation display – something for all ages to enjoy. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox says he’s thrilled to welcome the Blue Angels and other air show participants back to Tuscaloosa.

The elite Blue Angels’ squad never fails to amaze.

“The patriotism of this community really binds us no matter our age,” said Maddox. “We’ll have a kid zone to keep children active and the show these performers put on will keep everyone in awe.”

This year, the air show presents a unique opportunity for local students to get involved and show their creativity. For this reason, the air show’s sponsors created the “Snapshots of Service” photo contest for students from Tuscaloosa County High Schools.

Students were encouraged to submit a photo that represents what the theme “serving others” means to them. Each entry must be accompanied by a 500-word essay describing their idea for the project and the meaning behind their photo. 

Fifteen finalists will be invited to the Pilot’s Reception where they can meet the Blue Angels pilots and other performers from the show. The top three entrants will receive special recognition and will be provided with prime seating for them and their guests at the air show.

“We like to incorporate student involvement in the Air Show for both the student’s benefit and the Blue Angels’,” Maddox said. “It’s a fun way to learn about the arts, social sciences, American history, and a number of other subjects while honoring those who serve.”

Gates for the event open at 10 a.m., and the show begins at noon. After the show concludes, helicopter rides begin at 4 p.m. Guests are encouraged to park in one of the designated parking areas with a free shuttle to Tuscaloosa Regional Airport. The free shuttle service begins at 9 a.m. each day. Shuttle locations are the former K-Mart parking lot on Skyland Blvd. in Tuscaloosa, the Tuscaloosa County High School parking lot in Northport, and the Tuscaloosa Intermodal Facility Downtown Parking Deck. 

Things to Know:

ARRIVALS: The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are scheduled to arrive at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport Thursday, April 12 at 10 a.m. Please arrive and be set up at the terminal by 9:30 a.m.
The U.S. Air Force A-10 will arrive at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport Thursday, April 12 at 2:15 p.m. Please arrive and be set up at the terminal by 2 p.m.
Contact Deidre Stalnaker (contact info below) by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 if you plan to attend either of these.

DRONES: The Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show is a no drone zone event. Flying an unmanned aircraft is prohibited within a seven-mile radius of the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport Thursday, April 12 through Sunday, April 15. See map: http://www.tuscaloosaregionalairshow.com/nodronezone

WEATHER: The Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show is a rain or shine event. Umbrellas are prohibited. Attendees can bring ponchos and they will also be for sale on-site.

TEXT ALERTS: Sign up to receive text alerts – text AIRSHOW18 to 888-777. This is open to the public.

For more information or to buy tickets to the Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show or the pilot’s reception, visit tuscaloosaregionalairshow.com. 

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