St. George Airshow Features The Quirky And Patriotic

Jul 25, 2014

Blue angels plane
Getting ready: Blue Angels number 3 in a hanger in St George getting ready for the airshow.
Credit Carl Berger / Utah Public Radio

The Thunder Over Utah Airshow will be in St. George this weekend. The event will feature historical reenactments, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and some more quirky displays.

Between 20 and 25,000 residents and tourists are expected to attend the show this year. Show Director Kevin Walsh says he expects the event to be good for local businesses.

Walsh says he basically grew up at air shows. Both he and his father have each been in the business for more than 20 years. At the show Friday, he said he was excited to have the U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform at the event.

"When you talk about the U.S. Navy Blue Angels... they are actually our marines and sailors that are out there every day defending our freedom," he said.

One of the more quirky displays is Paul Stender's Jet Bus. Stender travels the world displaying extreme jet-powered vehicles, including jet outhouses, jet doghouses, and the jet bus that will be at this weekend's show. Part of the display will include a high-powered drag race.

"We're actually sitting on the ground, believe it or not, sitting on the runway. There's one on the ground and one is in the air," he said.

The air show begins Friday and runs through Sunday.