July 3, 2018

Summer just got a bit hotter, as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team will be firing up its engines at the Sound of Speed Air Show in St. Joseph on August 25 and 26, 2018.

“The air show planning team has been working diligently these last several months and are very excited to support the Navy’s premiere demo team for the community’s 2018 Sound of Speed Air Show andOpenHouse,” said Abe Forney, the airport manager at Rosecrans Memorial Airport, which also serves as home for the Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing.

Officials view this show as a perfect opportunity to showcase aviation in the military and to open the Air National Guard base to the public.

“We are very excited to be hosting this show to share what our military is capable of and the great men and women who make it all possible. We look forward to seeing you at the show and can’t wait for this great demonstration of military and civilian aviation!” said C. Owen Compton, Executive Director, Sound of Speed Airshow and Open House.

Gates to the Sound of Speed Air Show will open at 8:00 am both days, with the entertainment officially starting at noon and lasting until 4:00 pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. General admission is free, and preferred parking and VIP seating will be available at a cost via StJAirShow.com.

The Blue Angels have performed in Missouri the past few years with an air show in St. Louis in 2016 and Kansas City in 2015. Their most recent appearance in St. Joseph was 2010.

Other performers at the Sound of Speed Airshow include Neal Darnell Jet Truck “Shock Wave,” Vertigo Air Shows, The Flying Shetterly Squadron, US Navy Parachute Team, Manfred Radius, and Jim Peitz Air Shows.

Bring your own sunscreen, water bottles, folding chairs, and strollers if needed. Backpacks, firearms, knives are prohibited. See StJAirShow.com for more details.

Rosecrans Memorial Airport is located at 100B NW Rosecrans Rd, St Joseph, MO 64503. The Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing is comprised of approximately 1,100 citizen-airmen from local communities throughout the region. The unit operates the C-130H Hercules cargo aircraft and has a dual mission to the state of Missouri and the federal government.

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