The Blue Angels are returning to the Myrtle Beach area this weekend for the Wings Over Myrtle Beach Air Show at Myrtle Beach International Airport! The Blue Angel Flight Demonstration Squadron hasn’t performed in the area in ten years and the city is expecting a pretty big turnout. I’ve never attended an airshow, so I’ve had lots to learn as we plan to head out this Saturday.

The air show events will happen on April 28 and 29 and feature performances by the Blue Angels, ASAF F-16 Viper Demo Team, USSOCOM Para-Commandos Parachute Jump Team, GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team, and many others. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.wingsovermyrtlebeach.com or purchased at the gate. Ticket prices are as follows: $25 in advance or $30 at the gate for adults; $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for youth ages 6-17; $20 in advance or $25 at the gate for all military, EMS, police and firefighters; and free for children under age 5. Two-day tickets and family ticket packages are also available, as well as infield-style camping opportunities that include the chance to see air show performers practicing before the big show.

Opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday and the schedule stays pretty full until gates close at 5 p.m. From what I hear, planning your parking in advance is one of the most helpful tips in making the air show experience hassle free. Through the event website, you can purchase either a ‘gold airport reserved parking pass’ or a ‘blue remote reserved airport parking pass.’ The gold allows parking at the airport while the blue is located at Fantasy Harbour near Medieval Times. A continuous shuttle will take air show attendees from the blue remote lot to the air show gates. If you show up to the airport to park without a gold airport reserved parking pass purchased in advance, you’ll be directed to the remote lot. It’s pretty straightforward information, but still good to know in advance.

We’ll be packing our three-year-olds wagon to take with us, along with a blanket and a couple lawn chairs. Backpacks and purses are allowed but coolers are not. We’ll also be bringing along my camera since photography is allowed. This will be our very first air show, so I don’t want to miss the boys’ reactions.  Aside from the flight demonstrations, there are going to be a number of exhibitors; vendors selling food, drinks and merchandise; and a kids zone. The entire weekend is sure to be both busy and fun! For more information on the air show lineup of performers, parking or to purchase tickets, check out their website at www.wingsovermyrtlebeach.com.