Trevis Gardner of Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority talked about the Smoky Mountain Air Show coming to the McGhee Tyson airport in April.
We were invited to hear the behind the scene planning required to invite an estimated 160,000 – 200,000 spectators over a two day weekend, featuring the Navy Blue Angles jet aerobatic demonstration team. The show is free but parking is $40.00 You are invited to carry as many passengers as your vehicle will safely accommodate and shuttles will carry you to the event from the parking areas. Everything not spent for expenses goes to Honor Air.
It is expected parking fees and the sale of T shirts will earn $100,000 for Honor Air to charter a 757, that is heavily subsidized by US Air, to transport our veterans to Washington DC to see the war memorials erected in their honor.
The International Council of Air Shows is assisting with the show production with Air Show Announcer Rob Reider who is well known, and even an honorary Blue Angel. The performers are still in the works and a public announcement will be made later, but we may expect to see the Aeroshell aerobatic team, and the Commemorative Air Force may provide a P-51 Mustang, Corsair, P-63 Cobra, a Dauntless Avenger, a P-47 Thunderbolt, and perhaps a Boeing B-17 Bomber.
Vendors will be offered 10 X 10 spots for $750 or $1,000