The Blue Angels are in Rome, GA! The U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration team will serve as the headline act for the 2021 Wings Over North Georgia hybrid drive-in air show on Saturday and Sunday at Rome’s Russell Regional Airport.
Lieutenant Commander Cary Rickoff, Opposing Solo in the Number Six jet, hails from Sandy Springs, GA. He enthuses that it’s great to be back here in the Peach State.
This is the last stop of the Blue Angels’ 75th anniversary season before their Homecoming air show down at Pensacola Beach, FL next weekend. LCDR Rickoff states that the team has enjoyed their return to the air show circuit in 2021 following the cancellation of their 2020 season. And this year, they’ve introduced their new F/A-18 Super Hornets to fans around the country.
LCDR Rickoff indicates that the Super Hornets are bigger, faster, and louder than the Blues’ recently retired Legacy Hornets.
In addition to aviation, LCDR Rickoff’s passions include baseball. He says that he is excited that the Atlanta Braves made it to the 2021 World Series, but it looks like the Blue Angels will not be able to flyover Truist Park prior to any of the games this weekend (as he had hoped).
Other military acts to be featured in the WONG 2021 line up include the US States Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt II and C-17 Globemaster II, in addition to the US Army’s SOCOM Black Daggers. The performers will also include aerobatic pilots Michael Goulian and Mike Wiskus, Scott “Scooter’”Yoak in his P-51 Mustang, and more.
Saturday’s air show is sold out, according to organizers; however, advance tickets are still available for Sunday and may be purchased on the website at www.wingsovernorthgeorgia.com. Stay tuned to Wings Over North Georgia social media outlets for air show updates.