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Blue Angels to return in ‘Wings’ airshow

September 30, 2018

The 34th annual Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Houston Airshow will continue a tradition of thundering aerial displays on Oct. 20-21 at Ellington Airport.

With the U.S. Navy Blue Angels headlining this year, the show also is a celebration of vintage wartime aircraft.

“The CAF has become a Houston family tradition,” CAF director Bill Roach said.

Commander Eric C. Doyle, a League City native, will command the 130-member squadron as well as pilot a jet for the Blue Angels, the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron and flying aerobatic team.

For the first time, CAF will welcome “That’s All, Brother,” a C-47 aircraft that transported paratroopers during the D-Day invasion in Europe 74 years ago. Also featured will be the F-16 Viper, a single-engine supersonic aircraft.

Making its return is the “Tora, Tora, Tora!” presentation that re-enactsthe bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The Houston-based Phillips 66 Aerostars aerobatic demonstration team will take flight, as well as a jet-engine-equipped 1920s-era Taperwing Waco biplane, the Jack Link’s Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco. Other performers will include Sean D. Tucker with Team Oracle, La Porte resident Deborah Rihn-Harvey, one of the top-ranked competitors in the nation.

The U.S. Coast Guard will demonstrate search-and-rescue exercises. On the ground, the public can view a variety of aircraft. Military veterans who will be on hand to sign autographs.

The heart of the CAF, said Roach, is to pay tribute to those who served in aviation during World War II .

More than 90,000 visitors are expected this year, and to Roach, those attendance numbers speak to the public’s continuing support.

“Our love of aviation and appreciation is reflected by the support of our show volunteers, fans, sponsors and other who have made our show successful,” he said.

The airport is at 11900 Old Galveston Road.

For ticket and parking information, visit www.wingsoverhouston.com or call 888-4-FLYSHOW.

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