910th's May air show, open house to feature Thunderbirds

By William K. Alcorn



The Air Force aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, is scheduled to headline “Thunder over the Valley 2014” air show and open house May 17-18 at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

The 910th Airlift Wing at YARS recently received approval to host an air show and open house this year. The event is free and open to the public but, unlike the 2009 air show, tickets will not be required, 910th officials said.

Besides the Thunderbirds, known as America’s Ambassadors in Blue, Thunder over the Valley 2014, presented by the Youngstown Air Reserve Base-Community Council, will include other flying acts and displays. They will be announced as they are confirmed by show coordinators.

The 910th last hosted an air show and open house Aug. 8-9, 2009. That event, which also featured the Thunderbirds, brought an estimated 70,000 spectators to the air base.

The air show and open house provides an opportunity for the 910th to demonstrate its mission and display Air Force capabilities, said Air Force Reserve Col. James D. Dignan, 910th commander.

“We are proud to open our gates to the public and highlight our world-class personnel and facilities,” he said. “It is more important now than ever to invite the residents of the Mahoning Valley and beyond to YARS and let them see not only what we bring to the national defense but to the local community as well.”

For information on featured acts or participation as a flying act or display, visit the YARS public website at www.youngstown.afrc.af.mil or the YARS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/youngstownARS. This information is also available by emailing 910aw.pa@us.af.mil or 910airliftwing@gmail.com.

For information on becoming a show sponsor or vendor, contact the Youngstown Reserve Base Community Council via email at thunderoverthevalley@gmail.com. Also, a public air show website will be launched in the near future, 910th officials said.

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