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Look to sky this weekend as KC Air Show returns with Blue Angels as headliner

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Posted at 10:09 AM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 22:53:43-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Blue Angels will headline this weekend’s Kansas City Air Show at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Missouri.

The U.S. Navy flight team is one of 18 performances scheduled for each day of the two-day event. Spectators can get up closer and personal with a wide variety of aircraft on display, exhibits and virtual reality experiences on the airfield.

After a four year hiatus, the excitement surrounding the Air Show brought dozens of people to Case Park Friday to catch some of the practice action.

John Miller and his family will be out of town during the Air Show. He said they knew of the spot's great view of the downtown airport, and went to find out what they could see.

“I know we won’t make it tomorrow unfortunately and this is one of the nice parts about being able to see this today, but anybody who wants to or is interested, I would encourage them because this is awesome to watch this," John Miller said.

Here’s a list of all you need to know to enjoy the air show.

The gates open at 9 a.m. and close at approximately 5 p.m. both Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7. Aerial performances begin at 10:30 a.m. both days. The air show does not release a detailed order of what time each performer will fly because it is too subject to change the day of the performance.

You are not allowed to park at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. In fact, the Buck O’Neil Bridge will be closed during the air show. Parking is available for free at two locations in the West Bottoms and two locations near city hall. Eighty air-conditioned buses will shuttle spectators to the airport.

HyVee Arena (old Kemper Arena)
1801 Wyoming St., Kansas City, MO 64102.

Liberty Lot
1601 Liberty St., Kansas City, MO 64102

Ed Wolf Garage at City Hall
1100 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64106

JE Dunn Garage near City Hall
560E E 11th St., Kansas City, MO 64106

Click here to view a map.

The price of tickets ranges from $8.50 to $150. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the gates the day of the air show. Organizers recommend you purchase a ticket online in advance. Active duty military with a government-issued ID will receive free admission at the gate. For information on prices and how to make your purchase, click here.

What's allowed inside the event
The KC Air Show will follow a clear bag policy, similar to NFL games. Bags are subject to search. You can bring sealed bottles of water and refill them at hydration stations inside the gates. Strollers, wheelchairs, and lawn chairs are permissible. The air show prohibits drones, coolers, lasers, and weapons.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels
U.S. Army Golden Knights
Aeroshell Aerobatic Team
Patty Wagstaff
Jacquie B "Warda"
Julie Clark
Shetterly Squadron with Greg, Joe and Jeff Shetterly
John Klatt in Jack Link's Screamin’ Sasquatch
Jim Peitz Bonanza
Mike Goulian
KC Flight Formation Team
Matt Younkin
Red Tails Flight Demo
Bob Carlton in Vertigo Jet Glider
Confederate Air Force P40 "Warhawk"
A-10 Demo Attack Team
Tom Larkin Mini Jet

Aircraft on display:
Dream Big A7 – Cockpit Experience
U.S.AF Lockheed C-130 Hercules
U.S.AF Boeing Globemaster III C17
U.S.AF Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (Wart Hog)
U.S. NAVY Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye
U.S. NAVY McDonnell Douglas T-45 Goshawk
Douglas A26B Lady Liberty
C1A Trader “Miss Bell”
B-29 Superfortress “Doc”
B-25J Mitchell "Show-Me"
TBM-3E "Avenger" Torpedo Bomber Warplane
L3 "Lil' Show Me"
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Douglas AC-47 "Spooky"
North American Aviation T6 Texan
Boeing “Super Stearman”
Grumman Albatross
Lockheed 12A
Fairchild PT-19
NewsChopper 9 KMBC Storm Tracker
KCTV5 Chopper 5
KSHB41 Sky Tracker
U.S. Army Boeing CH-47 Chinook
U.S. MARINES Bell AH-1 Cobra
U.S. MARINES Bell UH-1Y Venom
Red Tails Rise Above Traveling interactive exhibit
U.S. Navy “Nimitz” STEM Tour Virtual Reality Experience