Offutt Air Show Flying High Again

By: Lena Tillet Email
By: Lena Tillet Email
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The Offutt Air Force Base Air Show again takes to the skies this weekend after federal budget problems forced the cancellation of last year's event.

The free event Saturday and Sunday features both the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and the F-22 Raptor aerial demonstration teams along with several other flying teams.

“The beauty of an air show is there is no bad seat in the house,” says Blue Angels Flight Leader Cmdr. Tom Frosch. “Obviously, the best place to watch it is probably from center point, but you can be anywhere and see some great maneuvers and a great show."

Cmdr. Frosch says the training process for the show is grueling. The team of 130 officers spends most of the year practicing together and that means weeks and months away from family. Because of the tough schedule, each member only spends about two or three years on the team, but they cherish their time as Blue Angels.

"Everybody on this team is passionate. We're just so proud to serve, proud to serve their country but also proud to represent their brothers and sisters serving around the world. I think when we get to take the Navy to the backyards of America and show the American people what their military's all about there isn't a person on this team who doesn't get excited to do that.”

Gates open at 8 a.m. and flying starts around noon and 4 p.m. Base parking is limited. Free shuttle buses will be available from 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., including the former Southroads Mall, Bellevue University and Bellevue East and West high schools.

Large containers like coolers, backpacks and tote bags are not allowed. No pets either. Click here for more information.

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