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Night airshow highlights GGAS weekend at Falcon Field

The Great Georgia Air Show takes off today, tonight and tomorrow, and organizers say this year’s show will be anything but “typical”.

“Seventy-five percent of the performers are new to the show,” said Air Show Director Angie Faulise. “And we have totally reinvented our program, so there is a wider range of activities and experiences, including a night show on Saturday, a KidsZone, fireworks, flight simulators and a variety of hospitality packages.”

The Great Georgia Air Show, which began under the name “Wings Over Dixie Airshow & Festival” in 1998, has always been a non-profit organization aimed at raising funds for local charities and other non-profits. According to GGAS representatives, 25 groups in 2013 raised a combined $160,000 during the air show weekend.

Organizers say last year’s air show had a $4.2 million impact on the local economy.

Always popular with aviation fans, the Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force will again this year offer warbird rides as a fund raiser for their organization, which is based at Falcon Field. Army Aviation Heritage Foundation will also be selling Huey and Cobra helicopter rides throughout the weekend.

Gates open for the day shows at 9 a.m. today and tomorrow at Falcon Field on Dividend Drive in Peachtree City. Gates open at 5 p.m. for night show attendees. Guests with passes to both shows on Saturday may stay on the grounds all day, but those with only day show passes will exit the airfield before 5 p.m.

Daytime air show performances begin at 11:45 Saturday and Sunday. The night show begins today at 6:30 p.m.

Several weeks ago, GGAS organizers announced that the 2015 air show will feature the U.S. Navy “Blue Angels” Flight Demonstration Squadron.

Get more information online, including the full list of performers, at www.TheGreatGeorgiaAirShow.com or by calling 855-332-4427.

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.