The region’s largest air show will take place for an 11th consecutive year at the Scott County Airport Saturday, when the Scott County Airport Authority joins the Scott County Chamber of Commerce, Big South Fork Airpark, JDS Express, Mike’s Service Station and JDS Technologies to present Wings Over Big South Fork.
Fourteen aircraft are scheduled to appear at this year’s event, including war birds, fighter jets and stunt planes. Opening ceremonies will include the national anthem performed live by country and gospel artist Thea Tippin, the wife of country star Aaron Tippin.
The air show highlights will include Remote Area Medical’s sky dive team and war birds from the Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville. Tiger Air Shows, based in Atlanta, will highlight the event with their well-known comedy act, “Hotwire Harry and the Great Escape.”
Additionally, Louisville, Ky.’s Jay Gordon will be on hand with his L-39 Russian fighter jet, while Fayetteville, Tenn.’s Keith Davis will be on hand with his Pitts stunt plane. Also performing will be the Valiant Echoes, with a BT-13 war bird, and Cincinnati’s Redline Air Shows, with dual stunt planes.
other activities at the airport will include food vendors and kids activities, such as a trackless train, bounce house, and bungee trampoline.
The activities will actually begin on Friday with glider rides beginning at 10 a.m. Glider rides will also be offered on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m., and continue on Sunday.
Gates will open at 8 a.m. Saturday, with a vintage car show from 8 a.m. until noon, local bluegrass band Great Day in the Morning performing at 11:15 a.m., and the air show itself beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Airplane rides will also be available on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.
Admission to the event is free; the Scott County Rescue Squad provides parking for donations.
More information is available at www.wingsoverbigsouthfork.com.