(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) An advance team for the Blue Angels flying team passed through St. Joseph today, scouting out the area in advance of next summer's air show at Rosecrans Airport.
The group's appearance in August will be their first in St. Joseph since 2010. Two Blue Angels pilots who will be in the skies above the city performing their aerial acrobatics said they were excited to be making a return visit.
"It is an exciting time for us to be back, said Lt. David Steppe. "Nothing but praise for the team. High remarks. The team's excited to be back.
Members of the 139th Airlift Wing who will be hosting the air show were just as impressed with the Blue Angels.
"Watching them fly in you see the power of the American military. Especially our fighter planes. It's always impressive," said Col. Edward Black.
Previous air shows have been popular in St. Joseph. Organizers hoping the 2018 version will have attendance at 50,000 or above. The 139th will also have an open house for the weekend, opening up the entire ramp in front of the runway to allow for people to walk from display to display.
The main event, of course, will be the Blue Angels.
"You can expect to see the diamond, 1 through 4 flying, showing that precision flying that we train to as young aviators," Steppe said.
Black says be prepared to be impressed.
"They show everyone what the military does and do it in style," he said. "They'll be entertaining and fun to watch. The power of what they do is a reflection of what our American military does around the world every day."
The show will be August 25th and 26th.