October 25, 2014

Charleston welcomes Thunderbirds at air show

It’s not exactly a bird, it’s not your usual plane, it’s–a Thunderbird!

We’ve got the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and that’s really going to be the highlight of our show, but at the same time we’ve got so many other demos and acts that are coming out. We’ve got the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, the Black Daggers, it’s their jump team, and they are coming out of our own C-17s.

This year the annual Charleston Air Show will display the Air Force “Thunderbirds.” Last year, the air show flew the Navy’s “Blue Angels” over Charleston.

Joint Base Charleston Second Lt. Susan Carlson says they expect the Charleston Air Show to bring in a crowd of anywhere from 50-100,000. With this many people, there are usually a few minor challenges, but Carlson says they hope to overcome the obstacles they’ve seen before, like traffic.

We’ve got an awesome traffic plan this year. It’s going to be much better than we had a couple years before. The gates open at 8 a.m. at the Dorchester (Road) and Rivers (Avenue) gates and we’re going to have two lanes coming on base.

The gates will close at 2 p.m., allowing only outgoing traffic to leave the base after the show.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Flight Team Coordinator Lynn May says they will be out at the air show on Saturday modeling a B-25 Mitchell Bomber, while supporting the area’s veterans.

It’s going to be flying in the show on Saturday. If you come out to the air show, you’ll have a chance to register to win that model as well. So, there’s a lot of cool things. We want to invite all the veterans in the area to come out and see us and sign a poster, our way of honoring the veterans and saying thank you for your service.

The Charleston Air Show starts at 10 a.m. at the Charleston Air Force Base- Joint Base Charleston.