(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) - The Sound of Speed Airshow begins this weekend and the main act arrived in St. Joseph on Thursday.
The Blue Angels headline this weekend's show and will be at the event for the first time since 2010. In total, six F-18 Hornets will be in the show.
Based out of Pensacola, FL, the Blue Angels participate in over 30 shows during the course of the year. Each show is different, depending on the weather.
Mark Montgomery, a member of the Blue Angel crew says the weather dictates what they can do.
“Depending on where the cloud layers are, we will have a different show," Montgomery said. "If it’s longer or shorter, more we call it a high show, which has more high maneuvers, more rolls, more loops but we can do whatever.”
This weekend's forecast includes very warm temperatures but that does not affect the show.
“The sun and heat doesn’t really affect us. We just sweat a little bit more. Just kind of like everybody else out there watching," Montgomery added.
Lieutenant Andre Webb, a pilot with the Blue Angels says that the fans' experiences are the most rewarding part of his job.
"That in itself is very humbling," Webb said. "To see the faces and the reaction of the folks that we see every weekend."
Gates open for the air show at 8 a.m. Saturday with planes taking to the sky at noon. The hours are the same on Sunday.
Admission is free with a suggested donation to the United Way.