Retired from education after serving 30 years (twenty-eight as an English teacher and two years as a new-teacher mentor), Shirley enjoys her life with family and friends while serving her community, church, and school in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is the creator and managing editor of The Paper Trail, an online news/blog site that serves to offer new, in-depth, and insightful responses to the events of the day. She also writes and edits for The Texas Shoreline News, a Corpus Christi print newspaper.
They’re coming! … and in a few days they will be here – the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels headlining the Wings Over South Texas Air Show at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.
The April 1-2 air show is free to the general public and will have something for everyone! Visitors will witness thrills like never been seen before from a variety of top military and civilian acts throughout the day!
Admission is free and so is the ample convenient parking close to the midway. There’s easy access onto the base with the South/Main Gate opening at 8:30 a.m. The midway along the NAS Corpus Christi sea wall will open at 9 a.m. We plan to have dozens of static displays along the sea wall, as well as food and drink booths and other vendors selling everything from aviation pins, to T-shirts, ball caps and more. There will also be car clubs on display and a Kid Zone with activities for the youngsters for a minimal cost.
The air show will start at 11 a.m. with the National Anthem being sung by a member of the local community as the U.S. Army Golden Knights soar onto the midway with the American Flag. Other acts will include Rob Holland in his MXS-RH, U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demo, the Trojan Phlyers, Paul Fiala, U.S. Navy P-8, Jerry Conley, Beth Ann Jenkins, U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, Skip Stewart, Randy Ball, Prowlers of the Pacific, and more all wrapped up nicely by veteran air show announcer Rob Reider. And, of course, the grand finale of the air show will be the Navy Blue Angels.
Guests may bring folding and lawn chairs to the air show. The following items are also permitted: children’s wagons; standard backpacks; fanny packs and purses; bags 8.5×11 inches or smaller; camera bags smaller than 12 inches by 24 inches; bottled water; umbrellas; baby food, diabetic supplies or medicine; and baby diaper bags and strollers.
Guests are not permitted to bring weapons, including firearms, knives, pocket knives and multi-tools. Also not permitted are: replica or toy weapons, pepper spray or stun guns; ice chests or coolers larger than 2 gallons; pets, other than service animals; illegal drugs and/or paraphernalia; flammable liquids; glass containers; bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, heelys, scooters, skateboards or Segway-style transporters; backpacks and bags larger than 12 inches by 24 inches; fireworks; laser pointers; tents, portable or temporary awnings; outside food and beverages; and drones.
Everything brought to the air show will be subject to search and confiscated items will not be returned. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. All unattended bags and packages found on the midway will be removed from the premises. Neither strollers nor wheelchairs will be available for rent. Sun protection, including hats, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sunscreen are recommended. We want to ensure you not only have an enjoyable visit to the air station, but also a safe one.
Remember, when entering the base, your vehicle may be searched, and you need to have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance with you, and when entering other security checkpoints, all individuals are subject to search.
The men and women of NAS Corpus Christi pledge to do everything possible to make sure your visit is safe and enjoyable. And, we are making every attempt to lessen delays while entering or leaving the air station.
For more information about the air show, visit www.wingsoversouthtexas.org.
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