Blue Angels in Lynchburg for Preseason Visit
Campbell Co., VA - The Blue Angels are in town, and we were there as they touched down in Campbell County Monday afternoon. Blue Angels #7 landed at Lynchburg Regional Airport for a preseason winter visit before they perform in May.
They have a lot of work to get done, especially after the issues at last year's air show. The Blue Angels will meet with the air show committee Tuesday to go over all the details and logistics so they can put on a safe demonstration in Lynchburg.
The jet touched down to a small crowd overlooking the terminal.
"We want the people of Lynchburg, the people of Virginia, and surrounding communities to come out and support the local air show because it's a great cause," said Lt. Ryan Chamberlain, Blue Angels #7.
Blue Angels personnel say they are in Lynchburg to iron out any kinks in the system.
"We are going to look at the plans, you know, they have an airfield diagram layout, they have all the stuff that it takes to put on a safe demonstration," said Chamberlain.
Chamberlain says it is a great opportunity to ask questions of the air show committee and vice versa.
"We want to make sure that those big details are worked out here," said Chamberlain.
This time around, organizers say parking should not be a problem. Lynchburg Regional Air show President Jonesy Stanley says as of right now they have no shuttle buses and people should be able to park and walk to the gate.
"We have enough space on the airport. There will be overflow parking on another part of the airport if necessary and we have contingency plans for the parking," said Stanley.
Stanley says The Blue Angels will be one of several civilian and military acts coming to Lynchburg.
"We have applied for the Marines to bring an AV-8B Harrier Jet with them. We have applied for the Golden Knights to be here," said Stanley.
They also requested the Air Force bring the F-22 and an F-4 from the Heritage Foundation with them.
"I love it! I'm a Navy pilot," said Stanley.
The air show is a great way to showcase the Navy and Marine Corps since there is not a lot of Navy presence in Lynchburg. As for all those big acts coming to town, Stanley says they will have a final answer on December 11.