The Great Georgia Airshow

This is the second event in Peachtree City that I have gone to in the last few weeks where I have thought to myself – why haven’t I done this before? The Great Georgia Airshow at Falcon Field is in its 13th year and if the fun and excitement of media day and rehearsal is a good indication, then it should be a great time this weekend.

Brianna and three-time National Champion Gene Soucy as he taxis out to perform in his plane ShowCat.

Brianna and I witnessed practices by three-time National Champion Gene Soucy in his ShowCat, some daredevil air acrobatics, a C-130 touch-and-go, and an F-16 flyby.

If you go this weekend, you’ll see more military aircraft, civilian aerobatics, and historic warbirds performing the Battle of Midway. You might even catch wingwalker Teresa Stokes, who will climb onto the wings of Soucy’s ShowCat to take one of her wild wing rides. Rumor has it that she even does a handstand while in the air!

Brianna loved climbing into the gigantic C-130 Hercules on display – even though it was about 100 degrees in the small cockpit.

This weekend, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing will showcase its growing collection of vintage World War II and Korean War-era aircraft. The organization, based in Peachtree City, is the Georgia chapter of the Commemorative Air Force, an international non-profit dedicated to restoring and flying vintage American military aircraft. You can purchase a ride in the CAF Dixie Wing, SBD Dauntless, Lt-6 Mosquito and C-45 Expeditor.

It's noisy but thrilling at the GGAS as skilled pilots maneuver their acrobatic planes over the runways of Falcon Field.

There will be educational displays and kids activities throughout the weekend as well as numerous vendors selling arts, crafts, souvenirs and food.

Proceeds from the show, which is produced by the Kiwanis Club of Peachtree City and the CAF Dixie Wing, benefit local non-profit organizations, including school groups and scouting.

Bring some sun screen and be sure to wear your sunglasses and sun visor because there will be a lot going on in the sky over Peachtree City’s Falcon Field this weekend, but be warned, it is loud! And it will be crowded. Thousands of people are expected at Falcon Field.

Brianna stands inside the cargo area of the C-130 Hercules.

Admission is $18 for adults and $7 for children, ages 6-12. Kids age 5 and under are free. Gates open at 9 a.m. both days with aerial performances from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Coolers, backpacks and pets are not allowed.

For more information, visit the airshow’s website or call 770-632-0365.

Read more of Sherri’s travel adventures at Brown’s Guide.

Sherri Smith Brown

I am a freelance writer and video producer. I love to research, explore and travel so most of my work focuses on travel destinations. I have co-authored several guidebooks to Georgia with my husband, Fred Brown, and we have a website called BrownsGuides.com. I write blogs for BrownsGuides.com about travel resources in Peachtree City, my hometown, as well as neighboring Senoia, Georgia. I also have my own website at sherrismithbrown.com. Best of all, I am mother and a grandmother – and I love that!

October 8, 2010

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