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Blue Angels performing at Tinker air show next month

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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly in formation during a demonstration. The Blue Angels will appear June 1-2 at the Tinker Air Force Base Stars Spangled Salute Air Show. [PHOTO PROVIDED]
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly in formation during a demonstration. The Blue Angels will appear June 1-2 at the Tinker Air Force Base Stars Spangled Salute Air Show. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

The Navy's premier flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels, will perform next month at the Star Spangled Salute Air & Space Show at Tinker Air Force Base.

It's the first time in more than a decade that the Blue Angels will fly over Tinker Air Force Base. On June 1 and 2, the F/A-18 fighter-attack aircraft will appear alongside other demonstration flights and static displays. The event also will include "STEM City," a display focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

"We’re dedicating an entire aircraft hangar to displays to bring in a little interaction with our younger crowd-going members," said Air Force Capt. Gavin Unverfehrt.

The displays will help students connect with aviation, he said.

"But many have things like virtual reality functions. There’s a chance to operate some drones, and there’s a chance to operate some robots as well," he said.

The Navy variant of the F-35 also will be on display. It appeared in Oklahoma City two years ago during a heritage flight. Although it won't perform a demonstration this time, members of the public can view the Lightning II stealth fighter up close during the air show.

"We’re excited to have that to display to the crowd as well," said Unverfehrt.

Another static display will feature a privately owned B-29 Superfortress named "Doc" among numerous other aircraft both modern and vintage.

The air show's theme is Past, Present and Future. The Superfortress helps bridge the link to the past, especially for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Unverfehrt said.

Gates will open at 8 a.m. both days. Flying acts begin at 11 a.m. and end about an hour before the air show ends each day at 5 p.m.

Air show visitors should expect to undergo the same level of security as going through an airport, Unverfehrt said. Weapons aren't allowed, and bags will be searched. Large coolers or duffel bags are prohibited, but strollers and diaper bags are acceptable.

Parking is free, and guests can bring lawn chairs and blankets.

The two-day show will affect local flights with a five-mile buffer zone around Tinker Air Force Base. However, Unverfehrt said disruptions will be minimal.

"Anyone traveling through Will Rogers (World Airport) on the day of the air show won’t notice any delay because of the air show," he said.

Dale Denwalt

Dale Denwalt has closely followed state policy and politics since his first internship as an Oklahoma Capitol reporter in 2006. He graduated from Northeastern State University in his hometown of Tahlequah. Denwalt worked as a news reporter in... Read more ›

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