Watch the skies for the Thunder in the Valley air show Saturday and Sunday at Columbus Airport.
The theme for the 15th annual event is “Xtreme Thunder,” represented by a number of performances and displays, including an F-18 demonstration team, Glory Days Jet Dragster, Mark Sorenson Airborne Comedy, Gary Ward’s MX2, a V-22 Osprey demonstration team and more.
The Marine V-22 Osprey and F-18 demonstration are new to this year’s lineup.
“We have had (V-22 Osprey) on display, but we have never had them perform before. And we’ve had F-18s fly before, but they have never been part of the show,” said Ernie Kelly, marketing chairman for the Thunder in the Valley air show.
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He said the air show is the first in the Chattahoochee Valley to kick off the spring season. The family-friendly event is alcohol-free and tobacco-free.
Advance tickets are $6 for active-duty military personnel and $8 general admission. At the door is $8 for active-duty military personnel and $10 general admission. Children ages 6 and younger are free.
Advanced tickets will be on sale through the close of business Friday.
They are currently available for purchase online through a link on www.thunderinthevalley.com.
Tickets can also be purchased, with cash only, at local businesses, including the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Tickets and Travel, McDonald’s restaurants in Columbus, Flightways Columbus and Skyline Columbus at Columbus Airport, Off Price Furniture on Armour Road, Ace Hardware on St. Mary’s Road and The Chattahoochee Council Boy Scouts of America’s main office at 1237 First Ave.
Thunder in the Valley raises funds for Chattahoochee Valley youth organizations. Last year, it raised $48,500 for children’s charities, according to a Thunder in the Valley press release.
For more information, visit www.thunderinthevalley.com.