CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – All eyes are on the skies this weekend as the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show returns to Chesterfield for the first time in three years.
Nineteen jets and aircraft, including the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, are expected to take the skies between Saturday and Sunday’s airshows. Organizers of the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show expect big crowds this weekend.
“Any time the Blue Angels want to come to town, we’re going to throw a party,” said volunteer Mark Sutherland. “They fly Made in St. Louis, Made in Missouri, Boeing FA-18 Super Hornets. This is the first time they’re flying the Super Hornets here. They used to fly the Legacy Hornets. So bigger, louder, more powerful.”
The Spirit of St. Louis Air Show is an aviation enthusiast’s dream come true.
“This has a lot of stuff that you’re not going to see anywhere else,” said Tom McHugh, a photographer and Army veteran.
The airshows will be from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dozens of pilots, including ones for the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, will fly throughout both days, though organizers have not released an exact timetable of when certain aircraft will make way through the St. Louis sky.
Some of the jets and aircraft you can expect to see include the Blue Angels, Boeing B-17G, B-29 Doc, FA-18 Super Hornet fighter jets and more. Gates for both shows open at 9 a.m. at 18260 Edison Ave.
This will be the first time those jets will be flown at the air show in Chesterfield. The event last took place in 2019. Tickets can only be purchased online.
In addition to the air shows, the event will include an on-the-ground STEM station that includes simulators and hands-on exhibits related to science technology, engineering, and math robotics.
“The big thing about this air show is that we designed it to inspire the next generation. So they look up in the air and they amazing aircraft – Blue Angels, F-35, all sorts of aircraft and they’re like, I want to be that,” said Sutherland. “Well how do you take that ‘I want to be that’ moment, translate that into some really good decisions.”
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