By Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
The countdown clock is ticking as Team Little Rock gears up for the “Thunder Over the Rock 2010” air show Oct. 9 and 10.
Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. both days and admission and parking are both free. This year’s air show will feature performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team.
Col. Mike Minihan, 19th Airlift Wing commander, said hosting the air show is a chance to thank the local community for the world-class support they provide Airmen every day.
“The air show is a perfect opportunity for the community to see our Airmen in action,” said Colonel Minihan. “They will see the pride, professionalism and precision that make Team Little Rock the home of Combat Airlift.
“This will also be an opportunity for the Airmen of Team Little Rock to say ‘thank you’ to the citizens of Arkansas for their gracious support,” Colonel Minihan adds. “Thanks to our community partners, no matter where our Airmen are from ... we are home at Little Rock Air Force Base.”
More than 17 different performers are scheduled to appear including the U.S. Army Golden Knights, Shockwave and the Canadian Forces SkyHawks. The air show will also feature approximately 46 aircraft static displays, a Security Forces K-9 demonstration, Kid’s Zone, food and fun for the whole family.
This air show director is excited to share this year’s event with the Central Arkansas community.
“I absolutely still enjoy air shows. The first air show I remember attending with my Dad was in about 1974, it featured the Thunderbirds and I loved it. I still enjoy watching the all the performers, seeing new aircraft and just as importantly, seeing the vintage aircraft,” said Lt. Col. Bill Otter. “The most enjoyable thing for me now though is helping inspire alove of flying in a new generation.”
The scheduled order of appearance for flight demonstrations is:
1. U.S. Army Golden Knights
2. Pat Carter: Acroflights
3. Les Schockley Jet Shows: Shockwave
4. C-130J Demonstration
5. Greg Koontz air shows: Alabama Boys
6. Tora Tora Tora
7. Air Combat Command A-10 East Demonstration Team Demonstration
8. Disabled American Veterans Demonstration
9. Mike Rinker and Pink Floyd, an aerobatic SU-26
10. Canadian Forces SkyHawks
11. Capabilities Exercise Demonstration
12. Otto the helicopter
13. CAPEX Recover
14. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier demonstration
15. Les Schockley Jet Shows: Shockwave
16. FA-18 Super Hornet Demonstration
The order of appearance is subject to change at any time.