“America’s Ambassadors in Blue,” the United States Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration team, will return to Warner Robins on Saturday and Sunday to perform at the Thunder Over Georgia Air Show at Robins Air Force Base.
The last time the team visited was in 2009, and the last air show at the base was in 2012. Featured performers in 2012 were the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. The air show that year drew a crowd of more than 200,000 spectators throughout the weekend event.
Hours for this year’s show are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with access to the base for the public by bus transport from designated free parking lots. The off-base parking lots are at Middle Georgia Regional Airport and Anchor Glass. Security checks will be routinely conducted at all off-base parking locations, and no coolers will be allowed to be brought in on the buses or at the show.
On-base parking for Department of Defense ID cardholders entering at Russell Parkway gates can park in the South base parking areas. ID card holders coming from Watson Boulevard will park in the North base parking area. Bus stops for the South base parking are Ninth Street by Building 905; Ninth Street and Page Road near Building 640; and Warner Robins Street and Ninth Street near Heritage Club.
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Bus stops for the North base parking are First Street and Perry Street, and Byron Street and Richard Ray Boulevard behind Buildings 210/220; Third Street and Perry Street behind Building 215; Byron Street and Third Street at the back of Building 300; Third Street and Milledgeville Street near Building 323; Warner Robins Street and Third Street close to Building 350; and Robins Parkway and Richard Ray Boulevard across from Building 321.
Each parking location will have handicapped accessible buses.
“We are very excited about this event,” said Col. Jeffrey King, RAFB installation commander. “This is a great opportunity for the Air Force and Robins Air Force Base to thank Americans across the Southeast for their continuous support for the military.”
The show is free and open to the general public.
Other featured performers are aerobatic American national champion pilot Patty Wagstaff, the Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team, Commemorative Air Force P-51 Mustang, Corsair F-4U & Nakajima B-5N; Disabled American Veterans Flight Team, MiG-17F and Harvard MklV(T-6/SNJ). A complete lineup of events and updates in preparation for the show can be found at www.facebook.com/Robins-Air-Show-2016-304047656310401/fref+ts.
Some upcoming dates to mark on your calendar include the Oct. 3-4 auditions for the Warner Robins Little Theatre production of “Who Killed Elvis?” a farce by Craig Sodaro. The show needs a cast of about 32 people (about 12 men and 20 women). The play’s dates are Nov. 11-13 (matinee) and Nov. 16-19. Call 478-929-4579 for further details.
A Senior Health Fair sponsored by the Warner Robins Senior Activity Center will be held Oct. 4 in the Wellston Center at 152 Maple St. from 8 a.m. until noon. Call 478-293-1066 if interested.