Minden-Tahoe Airport Aviation joins Blue Angels

A Blue Angels F/A18 makes a reconnaissance trip to Minden-Tahoe Airport Thursday and Friday.
J.T. Humphrey | Special for RC

After the popular 2020 air show was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, Douglas County can celebrate the Blue Angels’ scheduled return in the fall.

The US Navy interpreter team is scheduled to participate in the Aviation Roundup Airshow at Minden-Tahoe Airport on October 1-2.

“Airport staff are thrilled to bring the Blue Angels back and look forward to producing another great air show for the community,” airport officials said.

The Aviation Roundup is a premier air show produced by Douglas County and held at the Minden-Tahoe Airport. The show is biannual and features performers from air shows and military jet display teams. In the past, Minden-Tahoe Airport has hosted both the United States Navy Blue Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds. The Blue Angels previously performed at the Aviation Roundup in 2018.

“It’s very exciting to come to Minden Airport for the Aviation Roundup,” said Blue Angels pilot Lt. Griffin Stangel. “We can’t wait to show what the Super Hornet and Hercules can do.”

The Super Hornet is an F/A-18 E/F hornet model, but it’s 25% larger, can fly 40% farther, stay on station 80% longer and carry more weapons than its predecessors, according to www.blueangels.navy. mil. The Hercules is a Marine Corps C-130 integrated aircraft affectionately nicknamed “Fat Albert”.

“The F-18 Super Hornet is relatively new,” said Blue Angels pilot Lt. Katlin Forster. “We are in our second season of flying the plane, but it will be something new for the community here in Minden to experience.”

Stangel said the mission of the Blue Angels and Aviation Performance is to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community awareness while inspiring a culture of excellence and service to the country.

“When we do these outreaches, we hope the community will see that we’re just normal people doing something amazing and hope it inspires them,” Stangel said. “Aviation should inspire a culture of excellence, if we can inspire anyone to improve in the smallest way possible, we’ve done our job.”

The Aviation Roundup features airshow performers and static displays and vendors. This year, performers include acrobat and rogue-in-training Bill Stein, aerial parachute demonstrators The Chuters, vertigo-inducing Super Salto Sailplane and more.

Sponsored by Carson Valley Inn, Cristek Interconnects Inc. and CocoMoes Catering,

For more information, visit www.aviationroundup.com For more information on Minden-Tahoe Airport, visit www.mindentahoeairport.com

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