New aviators participate in North Georgia drive-in air show
This weekend, Oct. 24 and 25, Rome’s annual fall air show at the Russell Regional Airport will be a drive-in event featuring a number of aviators participating for the first time. Along with the Black Daggers U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Team, pilots will be flying specialized aircraft including the new C-17 Globemaster cargo aircraft and the F-16 Fighting Falcon — aka Viper — that can reach speeds greater than twice the speed of sound. Vintage war planes will also perform.
In its eighth year, the 2020 Wings Over North Georgia Drive-In Air Show format will offer spectators a socially distanced way to watch some of the nation’s top military and aviation performances. Each car will be assigned a 10-foot by 20-foot private space for tailgating and viewing. Attendees must remain in their assigned spots unless they are using the one of the portable restrooms, which will be cleaned hourly, or visiting the concession stand. Guests may bring chairs, tables, nonalcoholic beverages and food.
Preshow aerial demonstrations will begin at 11 a.m. on both days. Opening ceremonies and flying demonstrations kick off at 12:30 p.m. Parking tickets – at $130 per carload – must be purchased in advance via the show’s website and are expected to sell out for both show days.
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