CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Buccaneer Commission regretfully has cancelled Saturday’s viewing of the 2021 Wings Over South Texas Airshow. The Sunday show at 1pm will go on as planned.
All Saturday May 1st VIP tickets are now eligible to be used at the Sunday, May 2nd’s event.
You may see some aircraft in flight on Saturday, but the full main show will occur Sunday, May 2nd from 1pm-4pm as planned.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flew into Corpus Christi on a gloomy morning Thursday. For the first time, Buc Days will host the Wings Over South Texas Airshow, combining two popular events into one.
“The Buccaneer Commission is thrilled to combine two great South Texas Traditions into one,” said Johnny Philipello, Buccaneer Commission, President & CEO. “The opportunity to have the Airshow as part of Buc Days was a no brainer that will allow us to expand on this great tradition while further fueling scholarships for Coastal Bend Students.”
Residents should remember that aircraft will be flying at low altitudes over the city and Bayfront, which has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Aircraft will be loud but will not break the sound barrier at any time during the performances. Aircraft will trail white smoke, which is used to track the aircraft by the viewing public. The smoke is biodegradable and does not pose a threat to the environment.
'It was great coming in; the weather is a little low today, but we are excited to be in town," said Major Frank Zastoupil.
Zastoupil, 11th wingman for the 2021 Blue Angels shared his family lives in Corpus Christi. Zastaoupil says he’s only been on the team for a year and half but he’s always known that he wanted to fly with the blue angels -- since he went to his first airshow at just 4 years old.
"I grew up around the naval air station we are at right now, it’s been awesome to witness all the naval aviators that have come through Corpus Christi - and the support his town offers the navy and marine core as a whole" said Zastaoupil.
Jordan Walls, Maintainer for the Blue Angels says lots of work goes into prepping for these airshows.
“The precision they fly with.. their flying 18 inches apart at 3-400 mph everything has to be set, it's a routine the same way practice makes perfect and that’s what we aim for each time," said Walls.
According to the airmen ,if weather permits, they will be soaring across the Bayfront this Saturday and Sunday afternoon
“We are going to fly what we can out there based on the weather considerations- but we are going to put on a great show" said Zastoupil.
The WOST at Buc Days will takeover the Corpus Christi Bayfront this weekend, May 1 & 2.
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