RI National Guard Air Show ready to take flight
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WJAR) —
We are five days away from the Rhode Island National Guard Air Show!
Last year, the Canadian Snowbirds had to cancel because they said bad weather didn't give them enough time to train.
The year before that, the Air Force Thunderbirds canceled due to a crash.
So, 2018 will be the first time in a few years that a jet team is performing at Quonset State Airport.
The National Guard expects huge crowds this year.
"We always get the largest crowd when the Blue Angels are performing. There’s a big Navy contingent in the state of Rhode Island, so we're excited to have them here,” Capt. Doug Nisbet told NBC 10 News Monday.
The Geico Skytypers, which canceled a show last weekend following a fatal crash involving one of their pilots, are scheduled to be in Rhode Island.
"As far as they're letting us know, they're going to be here and we're excited to have them,” Nisbet said. “They're a great team that's been here many years before and we're excited to have them back."
With large crowds anticipated, Nisbet suggested that guests consider taking the dedicated train service, which has grown in popularity over the years.
"More people are utilizing it now using Wickford Junction as well, so Wickford, Providence and T.F. Green Airport are all stops on the train," Nisbet said.
Once you get here, it’s best to make your entry into the show as smooth as possible.
"No backpacks, no coolers, no alcohol, no weapons of any kinds, including small knives," Nisbet said.
Hopefully, Monday’s dreary weather will be long gone by the weekend, as National Guard officials are hoping to see plenty of blue in the air, including Angels and sky alike.
The show runs June 9 and June 10. Click here for more information.