All eyes on the sky this weekend for Duluth Air Show

By KBJR News 1

August 19, 2014 Updated Aug 19, 2014 at 6:38 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- The F-22 Raptors, a U-S Air Force Aircraft, will fly into Duluth for the first time for this weekend's airshow.

Their headlining performance is expected to capture the essence of the big event.

"I think people come out to experience the magic of flight and I think that's the best way to sum up what it is, it's the magic of flight, seeing the aircraft, big aircraft, small aircraft, fast aircraft, slow aircraft," said Ryan Kern, Organizer of the Duluth Airshow.

Another new attraction is a Shockwave Jet Truck, a jet powered truck with three aircraft engines that will take off down the runway at blistering speed.

And coming back for the first time in six years...the Navy Blue Angels will bring their impressive high flying skills and tricks to the skies of Duluth.

Kern says this year's show promises to be bigger than ever.

"This year we have 14 acts performing, that's more than we've ever had. The most we've had in the past has been ten," said Kern.

The two-day event is expected to draw up to 25 thousand people a day, and fuel $9 million dollars into the local economy. And not only will the entertainment be high-flying...there will be exciting things to see on the ground as well.

"We've got more statics and more things on the ground than we actually have up in the air this year," said Kern.

If you're heading to the airshow, parking is available for around five thousand cars near the entrance. Runway 321 will be shutdown for the public to park.

"The things that I would ask, is if people car pool as much as possible , that really helps us," said Roger Kurrle, Co-Chair of the Transportation Committee for the Duluth Airshow.

A shuttle will be available from the Miller Hill Mall, and if needed, overflow parking will be open at United Health Care.

"Come early, be patient. All the parking lots will be manned by 8:30 in the morning," said Kurrle.

The US Navy Blue Angels are expected to hit the skies around three on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

For a complete list of Air Show Activities, check out the Duluth Air Show website here

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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