St. George gears up for air show, Blue Angels

Mar 16 2012 - 1:47pm

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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2011 file photo the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team performs at the Seafair Air Show in Seattle. Thousands of people are expected to swarm into St. George, Utah, this weekend as the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels make their first visit to the state for the two-day Thunder Over Utah Air Show. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren,File)
FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2011 file photo the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team performs at the Seafair Air Show in Seattle. Thousands of people are expected to swarm into St. George, Utah, this weekend as the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels make their first visit to the state for the two-day Thunder Over Utah Air Show. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren,File)

ST. GEORGE -- Thousands of people are expected to swarm into St. George this weekend as the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels make their first visit to the state for the two-day Thunder Over Utah Air Show.

Gates open at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the St. George Municipal Airport. The Blue Angels, with their fleet of six blue and gold F-18 Hornets, are expected to start their show around noon.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Henry Schantz tells The Spectrum of St. George that even after seven years flying fighter jets, it's still "awesome."

Schantz will pilot an F-22 Raptor in the show, considered the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world.

Air show officials say that in addition to the Blue Angels, the event will include a wing walker and a C-130.

 

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