Blue Angels booked for Cleveland air show

U.S. military might will take flight over downtown Cleveland this weekend for the 2018 Cleveland National Air Show.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will soar over the crowd in their F/A-18 Hornets all three days. After each performance, fans will get the opportunity to meet the Blue Angels when they sign autographs in front of their planes.

The Air Show line-up also includes the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Jet Demonstration, C-130 Hercules Demonstration, U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, aerobatics, wingwalking and more.

Another attraction will be the Shockwave Jet Truck. This custom-built race truck is equipped with three J34-48 Pratt & Whitney jet engines. Shockwave will spew smoke and flames as it screams down the runway racing an airplane that is flying above it at 300 mph.

Shockwave will also be on static display so fans can meet the driver and get a close-up look at the three jet engines.

The grounds of Burke Lakefront Airport will be filled with 45 display aircraft, including military, vintage and commercial planes. Air Show visitors will have the chance to go inside the planes, meet the pilots and explore aviation.

Military display aircraft will range from a U.S. Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy (the largest aircraft in the USAF inventory) to a U.S. Navy E-2 Hawkeye to a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook.

The historic Douglas C-47 Skytrain troop transport aircraft will make a special appearance at the show. The restored plane, “Placid Lassie,” participated in the D-Day invasion of Europe, operation Market Garden in Holland, supplied Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army and dropped desperately needed supplies to troops in the Battle of the Bulge. Ground tours will provide attendees with a close-up look at this authentic aircraft.

The air show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N. Marginal Road, Cleveland. General admission tickets are $23 for adults and $14 for children ages 6 to 11 in advance and $25 and $16 at the gate. Visit www.clevelandairshow.com or call 216-781-0747 for information.

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