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RI Air Show Returns This Weekend After Sequestration Forced Hiatus

The show will be held at Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown.

Credit: U.S. Navy's Blue Angels
Credit: U.S. Navy's Blue Angels
By Mark Schieldrop

Like a fighter jet, the Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Air Show is coming fast.

This year, the show takes to the skies a bit earlier than years past, officially kicking off Saturday. The show will be held at Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown.

The show is in its 23rd year and returns after a one-year hiatus due to the federal budget cuts known as sequestration last year.

More than 75,000 are expected to attend the two-day event that both electrifies the skies and raises money for Hasbro Children's Hospital and other charities.

This year, crowds will see the United States Navy Blue Angels show off the best piloting skills in the world, a demonstration of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth superfighter, which is considered the best fighter in the world; A bi-plane, the legendary P51-D Mustang, which saw conflict in WWII and Korea, The Horsemen, Rob Holland Ultimate Air Shows, Geico Skytypers and more.

Gates open at 9 a.m. and flying starts at 10 a.m. The performances are set to end around 4:30 p.m.

Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the air show's official Web site. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter

Admission and parking to the show is free. There's a donation collection at the entrance.

The Blue Angels have been posting photos and videos of themselves practicing on their Instagram account.
RITaxpayer May 16, 2014 at 11:15 AM
If anything like years past, there's a preview of sorts, weather permitting, at the Narragansett seawall tonight, friday, somewhere around 6:00 PM.
dphs18 May 17, 2014 at 04:13 PM
I heard a rumor that the democrat lead ACLU is suing the United States Navy for having the word Angel on a government aircraft. If it's true they have reached a new low. Chafee would have to just refer to them as blue jet airplanes so he doesn't offend any of his atheist friends.

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