(St. George, Utah) Thunder Over Utah Air Show officials were notified today that the United States Navy Blue Angels will appear on March 17th & 18th, 2012 at the newly created Thunder Over Utah Air Show in St. George, Utah. The show will be held at the new St. George Municipal Airport, which is slated to open in January 2011.
The Blue Angels are known for their precision formation flying and are a crowd favorite throughout the world. Flying their six distinctive blue and gold F-18 Hornets, the Blue Angels are ambassadors for the United States Navy and Marine Corps. This is the first time in history that the Blue Angels will bring their adrenaline-rushing performance to picturesque southern Utah.
The air show, which is expected to bring more than $2.5 million in economic impact to the southern Utah area, has been fully embraced by the St. George City Council, the St. George Airport Authority and the St. George Convention and Visitor Bureau.
The new St. George Airport (SGU) will feature a 9,300 ft. runway capable of accommodating regional jet aircraft, 737’s and Airbus 319’s that will be able to carry passengers to Salt Lake City and a number of other regional destinations currently not available. The airport is served by Skywest Airlines, who is headquartered in St. George.
The Thunder Over Utah Air Show is being produced by Wingman Events, a full - service air show management and production company, and is being underwritten by the Yankee Air Museum, an internationally- known aviation museum and historical society based in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
“We are delighted to be able to bring the world’s most popular air show demonstration team to the people of Utah,” said Kevin Walsh, Air Show Director for Thunder Over Utah. “We are already seeing a tremendous amount of energy and excitement within the community as we discuss what is sure to be one of Utah’s top family activities of the year.”
The Blue Angels will headline what will be a sensational lineup of the top air show acts on the circuit. In addition to the Blue Angels, top-tier civilian and military performers, classic warbirds, as well as a full slate of static displays and kid-friendly attractions will be announced soon.
Tickets for the show will go on sale in early 2011, corporate participation/sponsor programs are now available, and additional information is available at www.ThunderOverUtah.com. Fans can register at the site to receive updates about ticket information, updates on performer additions to the show, and other show information.