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Top military jets, aerobatic stunts to soar at Robins, AFB
Top military jets, aerobatic stunts to soar at Robins, AFB

ROBINS, AFB, Ga. -- The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and F-22 Raptor are just two of the names set to headline one of the largest air shows in Georgia in two weeks.

The U.S. military's newest high performance jets will demonstrate their power over Warner Robins, AFB near Macon over the April 27 - 28 weekend during a air show free to the public.

"I'm in amazement... this is the war power we have for the U.S.," Robins chief spokesperson Chrissy Miner said today. "Where else can you see the different branches of the military perform at great feats?"

It will mark the Blue Angels first return visit to Robins in thirteen years.

The Angels' seven blue and yellow F/A-18 Hornet jets are set to arrive three days prior to the show along with their C-130 Hercules support plane, Ernie, brother to their more publicly known Fat Albert.

The Navy's Blue Angels will headline what maybe the largest air show in the southeast this year with the late addition of the F-22.

The latest in state of the art in technology, the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor will also soar over the air field in a rare public performance.

"The list of show exhibitors promises something for everyone," says spokesperson Jenny Gordon of the 78th Air Base Wing at Robins. "Families can look forward to interactive displays including the Museum of Aviation's F-15 cockpit simulator and Perry, GA Tennis Association mobile tennis court."

The F-15 Eagles and the C-5 Galaxy transport will also make flights over the field's runway.

Actor John Travolta's newly donated Gulfstream II jet will also be on display. Travolta donated the jet in February to the Aviation Museum at Robins in memory of his late son Jett.

"The aircraft will be on static display only during the air show", Miner added, "and not open to let the public inside."

U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Patty Wagstaff is also scheduled to perform in her 300S aircraft. A gold medal Olympic winner, Wagstaff has performed in airshows across the globe.

Miner states that the public should arrive early in time for the first demonstration flight set for 11:30 a.m.

Robins, AFB is located 95 miles south of Atlanta off interstate 75.

Parking lots will be used at McConnell-Talbert Stadium and the Boeing Ramp at Macon's Airport where buses will pick visitors up en route to Robins throughout the day.

The air show gates open at 10:00 a.m. on both show days, and is free to the public.

(Charles Atkeison covers science & technology which impacts Georgia for NBC Atlanta's 11Alive.com. Follow his updates via Twitter @AbsolutSpaceGuy.)


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