By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Space Coast residents will be able to enjoy a day packed with adventure and excitement, as the Melbourne Air & Space Show 2013 soars across the sky.
The inaugural event takes place on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne, with the Air & Space show beginning at 12:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to arrive well before the show, as it is sure to draw a massive crowd.
"The Melbourne Air & Space Show 2013 is a one-day extravaganza of air demonstrations," said Brad Swezey, executive director of the National Air, Sea & Space Foundation. "Because of the sequestration, the military is not participating in the show, so we will have an all-star, all-civilian line-up, including the world-famous Black Diamond Jet Team."
The Black Diamond Jet Team is a jet demonstration team that performs loops, barrel rolls, dives and formations just a few mere inches apart. The team leader, Mr. Swezey said, is a former F-15 Eagle pilot and is the first F-4 Heritage Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
In addition to the Black Diamond Jet Team, the world-class demonstration team GEICO Skytypers, whose members include former U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy Fighter Pilots, will cruise to incredible altitudes.
"The GEICO Skytypers is a squadron of six vintage WWII aircraft, performing precision flight maneuvers, and writing messages in the sky that last longer than any other skytypers in the world.
Debuting just days after the federal government shutdown ended, Mr. Swezey said that the shutdown had a potential impact on the show, as the organizations that needed to approve various aspects of the show had furloughed workers.
"The fact that we are able to have this show is a testament to the hard work of those, who came back and made this happen," Mr. Swezey added.
Prior to the 12:30 performances, a display village will open at 9 a.m. for air and space enthusiasts to enjoy. An Air Show Happy Hour will take place at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront at 4 p.m., with a street party to follow in Downtown Melbourne that evening.
Air shows, like the upcoming Melbourne Air & Space Show, have always been popular with many Americans, especially Brevard County residents, as it gives people another reason to enjoy a day at the beach with their families.
"People love excitement, adventure and the promise that they can, one day, be a part of it all," Mr. Swezey said. "Air shows offer people all that and more. There is nothing like watching a jet sitting on its tail, going straight up or blasting through the crowds, inches apart from another jet."
The Melbourne Air & Space Show 2013 offers attendees a completely packed day of the very best civilian air flight.
"Additionally, it's a prime opportunity to see local flyers in action," Mr. Swezey said. "What a fantastic opportunity to go to the beach, enjoy the weather and watch some major aerial acts take their aircraft and do with it what no one else can."
The Melbourne Air & Space Show 2013 is Saturday, Nov. 2 at Paradise Beach Park in Melbourne.
For more information about the show or for ticket package information, visit www.airandspaceshow.com.