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Air show takes to the sky over the waves this weekend
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Posted: 2012 Oct 12 - 00:23

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Skies over the Atlantic Ocean will get louder, faster and more exciting Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14, with Embry-Riddle's Wings & Waves Air Show.

The free event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day is the only air show in the United States to host three jet demonstration teams, including the world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, returning favorites The Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and the only civilian-owned team in the U.S., the Black Diamond Jet Team.

But there's more at the family-friendly show as aerobatic performers, skydivers and historic military aircraft will soar oceanside in front of the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort at Ocean Walk Village. The newest addition to the performer line-up includes The New Jersey Air National Guard with a fly-by in the KC-135 Stratotanker.

On the shore, Embry-Riddle will host the "Education Zone" in the Bandshell featuring student robotic and environmental group demonstrations, athletics, alumni relations and a jet dragster.

The air show, which wraps up a weeklong celebration of Embry-Riddle's Homecoming, features performers with ties to the university, including a former professor, a former flight instructor and several alumni. They include Embry-Riddle Prescott alum Major J.R. Williams (lead pilot No. 5) of the Thunderbirds; Daytona grad and former flight instructor Doug "Tut" Demko of the Black Diamond Jet Team; world-record holding skydiver Cheryl Stearns, GEICO Skytyper lead solo pilot Steve Salmirs; and former Daytona Beach campus professor Tim Plunkett. Embry-Riddle sponsored champion aerobatic performer Matt Chapman also joins the group.

"I am always excited when I return to my alma mater Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in the great city of Daytona Beach," said Steve Salmirs, a Daytona Beach campus grad.

This year's featured performers include:

.U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

.Canadian Forces Snowbirds

.Black Diamond Jet Team

.GEICO Skytypers

.F-18 Tactical Demonstration

.Mike Goulian

.Matt Chapman

.Rob Holland

.John Klatt

.Corkey Fornof

.Jason Newburg

.Cheryl Stearns

.The Plunkett WWI Aviation Collection

Longtime air show favorite and former airline pilot SkyTalker Danny Clisham (www.dannyclisham.com) will serve as master of ceremonies, and there is a scheduled U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration. There also will be air show performers' autograph sessions throughout the weekend.

Those who get tickets to the Oct. 13 Wings & Waves After Dark special concert, featuring three-time Grammy-nominated country band Little Texas and Dwayne O'Brien, will have an exclusive opportunity to meet air show performers before the 7:30 p.m. show at the Peabody Auditorium. Tickets, which range from $29-$34 (some fees apply for some outlets), are on sale now at the Peabody box office, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

For visitor information, call Rick Grissom at (386) 256-0451 or go online to www.wingsandwaves.com.

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