Check the skies this weekend

October 20, 2017 GMT

Those wishing to take in a little more from the two-day Wings Over North Georgia Air Show, which starts Saturday, can turn their eyes toward the sky at noon Friday for a full rehearsal that will include the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels.

The air show kicks off another year at 9 a.m. Saturday — this is also the start time Sunday — and over 75,000 are expected to attend during the course of the event at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Armuchee. Opening ceremonies both days begin at 11:15 a.m., with aerial performances and ground demonstrations running from noon to 4 p.m. Gates close at 5 p.m. each day.

Before the Blue Angels take to the skies each day at 3 p.m., the Parade of Veterans will be held at 2:15 p.m. to honor all members of the Armed Forces. Participants will come together at the north ramp of the airport 15 minutes before the start of the parade.

Also included in the aerial performances are U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Rob Holland, who will give a solo show, and U.S. SOCOM Para-Commandos will complete free-fall parachute demonstrations. Furthermore, the Sky Soldiers Cobra Demo Team, the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, stunt pilot Buck Roetmann, and two giant military cargo planes are part of the lineup.

For both days, general admission tickets for those age 18 and up are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate; $20 in advance and $25 at the gate for those ages 6 to 17, as well as military, EMS, fire and police personnel; and children age 5 and under get in free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.wingsovernorthgeorgia.com.

Reserved parking at the airport comes at a price of $20, if purchased in advance, and $25 at the gate. Remote parking locations are Armuchee High, Floyd Community Center and Northside Church, which will only be available Saturday, and will run $10 per vehicle. Parking opens up at 7:30 a.m., and shuttle buses will start bringing people to the airport from the remote sites at 8 a.m.