‘Angels Over the Bay’ to celebrate Keesler AFB’s 70 years

With a month to go, the lineup of performers and aircraft is growing for the Angels Over the Bay Air Show at Keesler Air Force Base.

The event poster released Wednesday captures the essence of the March 19-20 show, which will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Keesler with modern jets and vintage planes flying overhead and displayed on the ground.

Headlining the show is the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the precision flying team that last performed at Keesler in 1978. Also returning are the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, perennial crowd-pleasers.

“We’re still working on more,” said 1st Lt. Joost Verduyn, Keesler public affairs officer for the air show.

Among the planes taking to the air over Keesler will be the Disabled American Veterans’ B-25J Mitchell bomber, the Blue Angels’ “Fat Albert,” the Air Force F-16 Viper East demonstration team, the Coast Guard MH-65C Dauphin helicopter that rescued people after Hurricane Katrina, other war planes and aerobatic performers.

The 70-year history of Keesler will be told with the planes that have flown from the base, including the modern Hurricane Hunters and the Flying Jennies. Some of the aircraft will be open for spectators to board.

A UH-1 “Huey” helicopter, a predator drone and a Global Hawk are some of the other aircraft attendees will see up close.

Keesler uses the air show as an open house for the community. Admission is free and shuttles will bring visitors onto the base from locations that will be announced closer to the event.

– SunHerald

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One Response

  1. I AM LOOKING FARWORD TO THE AIR SHOW HOW DO I FIND OUT THE SHOW TIME ON THE 19TH

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