October 22, 2020–11:45 p.m.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the 2020 Wings Over North Georgia Drive-In Air Show this weekend.
The U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Team, the Black Daggers, will open the show each day during opening ceremonies with an abbreviated aerial demonstration.
They will return later in the show for an extended performance.
The C-17 Globemaster will also participate in opening ceremonies and will serve as the launch aircraft for the elite group of skydivers and later return for a full demonstration.
The air show will also feature the F-16 Fighting Falcon, affectionately called the “Viper” by many of its pilots.
Aside from the new military demonstrations, there will be first time performances in northwest Georgia by Matt Younkin, Jive Kerby, and Larry Kelly.
Younkin flies one of the most unusual performances on the air show circuit in his Twin Beech 18.
Jerry “Jive” Kerby also will take to the skies in his T-28 Trojan.
Panchito, a B-25 bomber, provides a true sense of nostalgia and reminders of WWII-era movies. Panchito was part of the 41st Bombardment Group and operated in the Central Pacific Theater from Dec. 1943 to Oct. 1944. The 41st flew more than 240 missions, often at low altitudes against Japanese ships. This is a true piece of aviation history and a rare opportunity to view this WWII-era warbird piloted by Larry Kelly.
Returning this year will be the U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II. Other returning acts include Scott Farnsworth in his L-39, Mike Wiskus in his Pittts S-1-11B, Michael Goulian in his Extra 330SC, Buck Roetman in his Pitts S2S, and Scott Yoak in his P-51 Mustang.
Parking gates open at 10 a.m. and pre-show aerial demonstrations begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Pre-show activities include airdrops and capabilities demonstrations from C-130-H3 Hercules aircraft from Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The SWAT Tactical Team from the Georgia State Patrol helicopter unit also will conduct demonstrations.
Opening ceremonies and flying demonstrations will kick-off each day at about 12:30 p.m. Parking tickets for the Drive-In Air Show are ADVANCE PURCHASE only and will not be sold on show days. Those interested in attending the event should purchase early before tickets are sold out.
Each vehicle will be assigned a 10-by-20-foot space with an adjacent 10-by-20-foot private viewing area for tailgating. Guests are allowed to bring their own chairs, tables, non-alcoholic beverages, and food. Beverages and food also will be available for sale on site. Portable restrooms and wash stations will be placed throughout the venue and will be sanitized hourly. A mask is required when air show attendees leave their parking areas for rest room and concession visits, a mask is required. For a full list of permitted and restricted items and rules, please visit Wings Over North Georgia for more details.
For information on drive-in parking tickets, event FAQs, and a complete list of performers, follow the air show’s Facebook page or visit the Wings Over North Georgia website at https://www.WingsOverNorthGeorgia.com.