Variety Awaits Air Show Visitors

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The Navy's Blue Angels are not the only precision fliers set to entertain at the Golden Wings Over Meridian Air Show.

Several other high flying, acrobatic acts will perform as well.

The best way for these acts to get the crowds excited is to show us what they can do in the air.

Early this morning, Kendal Simpson from New Jersey took me up in his Pitts Model 12 biplane.

The small aircraft can do just about anything the pilot wants it to do. It's designed around the engine, a very light 410 horse power engine, with an extremely light airplane around it.

The pilot says this is what he was born to do.

"I always wanted to do it. I always wanted to fly and I always wanted to fly upside down," said Simpson. "And if there was a way to fly, I wanted to learn to do it and to be able to take an airplane and do whatever you want with it and truly be a master of the airplane, and truly be a master of the flight and any altitude. It's just always what I wanted to do."

The pilots who will be at NAS Meridian this weekend have one goal and that is to put on a terrific show.

Other aircraft include Fat Albert, Northrop F-5, Giles G-202, and F6F Hellcat.

The show is Saturday and Sunday. The gates open each day at 8 a.m.
The air shows start at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

Here is some information from NAS Meridian that will be helpful to those attending the show.

Spectators and vehicles up to and including 15-passenger vans should arrive via Highway 45. Law enforcement officials will be at all intersections to assist motorists and direct them to parking areas on board the base.

Only activity buses and those individuals who have been directed to do so should arrive via Highway 39. Large groups such as churches, schools or youth groups are encouraged to use their buses to bring people to the show.

There is no RV parking available on base.

While traveling to the air show, tune to 97.1 FM and 105.7 FM for traffic updates.

Handicapped Parking:

Once at the air show, vehicles with handicap windshield plaques or license plates will be directed to the appropriate area. There are two buses dedicated specifically to transporting handicapped spectators closer to the show.

For best parking please arrive early. Parking opens at 8 a.m., festivities and vendor booths open at 9 a.m. Opening ceremony for the air show will be 11:15 a.m.

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