EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Get ready Western Wisconsin, this morning we are going go up,up, and away! The Chippewa Valley Air Show is back and filled with quite the lineup this year! Tim Molepske, Chippewa Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America and Tom Monson, Assistant Co-Chair joined Hello Wisconsin with the details.
A total of 16 officers voluntarily serve with the Blue Angels. Each year the team typically selects three tactical (fighter or fighter/attack) jet pilots, two support officers and one Marine Corps C-130 pilot to relieve departing members.
The Chief of Naval Air Training selects the "Boss," the Blue Angels Commanding Officer. Boss must have at least 3,000 tactical jet flight-hours and have commanded a tactical jet squadron. The Commanding Officer flies the Number 1 jet.
Career-oriented Navy and Marine Corps jet pilots with an aircraft carrier qualification and a minimum of 1,250 tactical jet flight-hours are eligible for positions flying jets Number 2 through 7. The Events Coordinator, Number 8, is a Naval Flight Officer (NFO) or a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) who meets the same criteria as Numbers 2 through 7. The Marine Corps pilots flying the C-130T Hercules aircraft, affectionately known as "Fat Albert," must be aircraft commander qualified with at least 1,200 flight hours.
Career-oriented officers specializing in maintenance, administration, aviation medicine, public affairs and supply fill support positions. The Blue Angels base their selection of officers on professional ability, military bearing and communication skills. Blue Angels officers are well-rounded representatives of their fleet counterparts.
Demonstration pilots, the Events Coordinator, Maintenance Officer and Flight Surgeon serve two years with the squadron. The other officers typically serve three years with the team. Blue Angels officers return to the fleet after their tours of duty.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY'S LINE UP
SAME SCHEDULE BOTH DAYS:
Gates open at 8:30 a.m. Show scheduled to start at 12 p.m.
Show completed by approximately 4:15 p.m.
Wings of Blue - U.S. Air Force Skydiving Team - Flag Jump
Mike Wiskus - Circle Flag Jumpers
Kent Pietsch - Comedy Demo
Huey Helicopter Demo
Shockwave - Jet Truck Run
Jack LInks - Sasquatch Aerobatic Demo
Kent Pietsch - Land on Motor Home Demo
Acemaker - T-33 Aerobatic Demo
Mike Wiskus - Pitts Aerobatic Demo
Wings of Blue - Full Demo
F-16 Fighting Falcon Demo/P-51 Heritage Flight
Shockwave/Mike Wiskus - Jet Truck Race with Pitts
Kent Pietsch - Dead Stick Demo
U.S. Navy Blue Angels
General Admission tickets $30.00 online/advance
and $40.00 at the Gate
Kids age 12 and under admitted free. Sponsored by CCF Bank!
Free on-site parking sponsored by United Bank!
No carry-ins of food or beverage allowed.