The United States Air Force has selected the Great Tennessee Air Show as one of only 23 events in North America to host the most sought after Tactical Demonstration Team in the country, the F-22 Raptor. The Demonstration Team makes its first-ever Great Tennessee Air Show appearance on June 4 & 5 at Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport joining the headlining U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration squadron, Breitling Jet Team and world-renowned aerobatic acts.
The F-22 Raptor will perform air maneuvers that demonstrate the supermaneuverability of the stealth combat aircraft. These demonstrations include the power loop, split, and tail slide, as well as a high speed pass and dedication pass. These maneuvers are based on those designed for combat operations, but are performed at much lower altitudes at air shows.
"With the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team joining our already stellar lineup, the Great Tennessee Air Show will, hands down, have the strongest air show lineup in the country," said John Black, executive director of Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority.
The 2016 Great Tennessee Air Show will also feature multiple static displays, concessions and numerous activities for children. Named one of the "Top 10 Best Air Shows Around the World" by USA Today, the Great Tennessee Air Show gives the community an opportunity to experience aviation up close and personal.
Advance priced tickets are available at www.greattennesseeairshow.com. Advance general admission prices are $30 for adults and $15 for children. Advance box seats are $45 with Flight Line Club Advance tickets priced at $135 for adults and $75 for children (ages 4-12). Ticket buyers can make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee when purchasing tickets online.