USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team to Headline the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

Posted On May 10, 2019

ROME, GEORGIA; May 9, 2019 -- JLC AirShow Managementofficials and Air Combat Command (ACC) is proud to announce today the USAF F-16 Viper Demo Teamhas been added to the 2019 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show lineup as our Headliner Jet Team. 

Joining the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and Aeroshell Formation Team, the F-16 Viper Team completes our world class performer lineup landing this Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31 - Sept. 1 in Rome,GA.   The Viper Team along with the USAF Heritage Flight Team are based at Shaw Air Force Base near Sumter, SC. The 8th annual air show event at Rome's Russell Regional Airport is ready to go!

The air show at Russell Regional Airport will be the only Georgia appearance for the co-performing demo teams for the 2019 season.  The F-16 Fighting Falcon, affectionately called the “Viper” by many of its pilots, is a fourth-generation modern fighter with incredible capabilities. The aircraft is a single-seat, multi-mission fighter with the ability to switch from an air-to-ground to air-to-air role at the touch of a button.  Powered by a General Electric engine generating more than 31,000 pounds of thrust, the “Viper” can reach speeds in excess of twice the speed of sound.  Major John “Rain” Waters, a native of Peachtree City, GA and graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, serves as the Viper Demo Team commander and pilot. 
Immediately following the high-speed, fast-turning aerial demonstration, a P-51D Mustang will join Maj. Waters for U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight.  The flight program showcases the evolution of the U.S. Air Force air power by flying today’s state-of-the art fighter aircraft in close formation with vintage fighter planes.  The Mustang was first introduced in Western Europe during World War II.  The aircraft often served as an escort for heavy bombers during missions over Axis territories.  The addition of the Mustang to the U.S. fighting fleet was instrumental in turning the tide of the war effort in favor of the Allied Forces.  During the 2018 air show in northwest GA, Philadelphia, PA resident and founding member of the Air Force Heritage Flight Program Jim Beasley, Jr piloted the Mustang with the F-22 Raptor. 

Airport parking lots will open at 8:00 a.m. with the gates opening to guests at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  The opening ceremonies will kick-off each day at 12:30 p.m. followed by the first flying performances at 1 pm.

The public can follow the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show across social media through FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  For the most-up-to-date air show news, parking tips, and other event information, please visit the show’s social media sites.

The Wings Over North Georgia airshow is an FAA, DoD, and International Council of Air Shows recognized event.  For the full list of performers, activities, and *ticket options -- Air show fans, exhibitors, vendors, and sponsors should visit the official Wings Over North Georgia air show website.  

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