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Big Crowd Causes Long Wait At Robins AFB Air Show

More than 100,000 people crowded Robins Air Force Base Saturday ready to see the Blue Angels and other acts in flight.

Some 13 WMAZ viewers say their excitement came to a halt as they were trying to get from the shuttle bus to base.

Harriet Weeks Packs commented on our 13 WMAZ Facebook page, saying, "We waited for three hours. Got there at 10 and got in at 1 p.m. Boo to you Warner Robins."

Another viewer commented, "Glad it was free or I would want my money back. Go here... go there... stand in line... shuttle... walk... and you're two hours from your show up time. Guess I should have read the fine print."

Base spokeswoman Chrissy Miner say the big crowd led to the long waits.

Thousands Descend on Robins AFB for Air Show

Thousands came out to Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins for the 2012 Robins AFB Air Show on Saturday.

People were able to see airmen do amazing feats in the sky, from the Blue Angels, Raptors and others.

"I just came out here to enjoy the show with my mom," said Franekia West of Cordele.

There were even more activities on the ground, with a static plane display. People were able to look and go inside those aircrafts.

 "It always intrigues me to see what the Air Force is going to build next," said Dale Rogers of Asheville. "And still, what they bring out on display."

There was also plenty of fun including games, plane simulations, and other activities.

But for some, nothing on the ground, beats the show in the sky.

Air Show Features Blue Angels

Air Show Features Blue Angels

ROBINS, AFB., GA.--The Air Show lineup features performers including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, F-18 Hornets, the C-130 Hercules, and the Air Force F-22 Raptor.

The air show is free and open to the public and starts at 11:30 a.m.

You can park at the Macon Airport, McConnell-Talbert Stadium and Anchor Glass and then catch bus transportation to the show. The shuttle starts at 9:45 a.m. both days and gates open at 10 a.m.

The shuttle runs until 5 p.m.

See the Dos and Donts of attending.

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Reporter Gets Crash Course on Robins Flight Simulator

A few lucky people, including 13WMAZ's Katelyn Heck, sat in the pilot's seat and maneuvered their way through the skies Friday.

The C-27 flight simulator at Robins Air Force Base lets pilots and an occasional civilian test their flying skills.

Pilots-in-training get to experience scenarios like weather emergencies and engine failures before taking flight in a real plane.

People sometimes spend up to four hours a day learning the ropes in the simulator.

"For a while, we had to do training without a simulator, and the very first time these guys step onto an aircraft, the C-27J, was an actual aircraft, so to actually bring them in the simulator and have them get a good feel for the aircraft before they step out the door and get on it, it's a valuable tool," says instructor Brian Williams.

Williams says one of the pilots featured in this weekend's air show used the simulator to map out his routine.

Blue Angels Prepare for Robins Air Show

ROBINS, AFB., GA.--The Air Show lineup features performers including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, F-18 Hornets, the C-130 Hercules, and the Air Force F-22 Raptor.

The air show is free and open to the public and starts at 11:30 a.m.

You can park at the Macon Airport, McConnell-Talbert Stadium and Anchor Glass and then catch bus transportation to the show. The shuttle starts at 9:45 a.m. both days and gates open at 10 a.m.

The shuttle runs until 5 p.m.

See the Dos and Donts of attending.

Josh Turner to Headline Independence Day Celebration

Country music superstar Josh Turner will bring his signature sound to central Georgia.  Tuesday, U.S. Air Force Reserve announced plans for the 2012 Independence Day Concert and Fireworks Show.

Turner, a South Carolina native, is best known for his deep voice.  His first hit, "Your Man", was released in late 2005 and hit the top of the country charts early 2006.

Joining Turner will be Air Force vocalist, SSGT. Angie Johnson.  Johnson became famous after a video of her singing Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" went viral. 

This year's concert and fireworks show will be Monday, July 2 at McConnell-Talbert Stadium in Warner Robins.   The gates open at 6 p.m.

Air Force Cutting Back on Air-Show Appearances

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The Air Force says it is scaling back its participation in dozens of air shows this year in an effort to cut costs and ensure its combat pilots are getting the training hours they need in a time of shrinking budgets.

The cutbacks won't affect the service's premier demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, but will mean fewer fighter planes performing for scores of crowds around the country.

They also won't affect the program for next week's Robins Air Show, which features the Navy Blue Angels.

Base spokeswoman Chrissy Miner says, "We are locked, loaded and ready to go."

 

Officials at Air Combat Command eliminated the solo performances of five of its crews based in Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Utah.