NAS KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – Roaring jets and aerobatic aircraft will fill the skies above Kingsville April 9-10 when Naval Air Station Kingsville hosts “Wings Over South Texas 2016.”
The F/A-18 Hornets of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels headline the show. The Blue Angels are celebrating their 70th year of demonstrating high-speed flying and military precision to the public.
They also bring “Fat Albert,” their dedicated C-130 Hercules support aircraft, whose crew gets into the act by demonstrating the venerable aircraft’s ability to deliver cargo to austere airfields.
Other performances fill the show card including parachute demonstrations by the Army Special Operations Command “Black Daggers” and performances by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon.
The air show’s theme is “Honoring the Past - Flying the Future” and to capture that spirit of the past, NAS Kingsville will provide special recognition of Vietnam Veterans as part of the national 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration.
The future of naval aviation will be on display Saturday when Training Wing 2 conducts a “Winging” ceremony for a group of newly graduated pilots.
Other scheduled performances include:
• Ace Maker
• Commemorative Air Force’s Tora! Tora! Tora! Show
• Rob Holland Airshows
• Matt Jolley
• Indy Boys
• Tiger Airshows
• Trojan Phlyers
A variety of military and other aircraft will also be on display, including one of the first air show appearances by the newest fighter in the US military, the F-35 Lightning II.
Other attractions include a Kids’ Zone and souvenir and food vendors.
Events actually kick off on Friday, April 8, with a 9:30 a.m. pep rally at Texas A&M University – Kingsville, featuring members of the Blue Angels team and fly-overs by some of the performers.
That evening, the City of Kingsville hosts a “Meet the Blues” event at J.K. Northway Coliseum that also includes a performance by the Silent Drill Platoon and a chance to get autographs from the Blues and other performers. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event starts at 6:30 p.m.
On Saturday and Sunday, NAS Kingsville gates open to the public at 8 a.m. and the air show midway opens at 9 a.m. Performances begin at 11 a.m. and end by 5 p.m. each day.
Area law enforcement and TxDOT have joined with NAS Kingsville to ensure smooth traffic flow in and out of the air station, with electronic information signs and traffic control at key intersections.
Of special note to people traveling from Corpus Christi, FM 70 (Chapman Ranch) is closed east of Bishop for bridge replacement. TxDOT recommends using FM 665 to Driscoll or Highway 44 to Robstown to connect to Highway 77 South to Kingsville.
NAS Kingsville has been declared a “No Drone Zone;” no drones or other remote controlled aircraft are allowed on the base or near the airfield. Likewise, pets, regardless of size (other than service animals), weapons, including knives and regardless of permit status, are also are prohibited.
Other restricted items include coolers, backpacks and large bags. A full list of prohibited items is available online at http://wingsoversouthtexas.com/faq/.
Lawn chairs, small bags and cameras are allowed. Bring plenty of sunscreen and bug repellant!
The Wings Over South Texas Air Show is a great opportunity to see the capabilities of the U.S. military. Come enjoy the show!