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Blue Angels to celebrate 75th anniversary with stop at Georgia Drive-In Air Show

ROME, GA - The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are the featured headliners for the ninth-annual Wings Over North Georgia Drive-In Air Show. This is a special season for the team as it celebrates its 75th anniversary with a stop at the Russell Regional Airport in Rome, GA on October 30-31. The show in northwest Georgia is the only appearance by the Blue Angels in the state for the 2021 season.The Blue Angels last performed at the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show in 2017 and attracted record-breaking crowds. The 2021 event requires advance online purchases for tickets and is expected to sell out soon.During the air show, LT Commander Cary Rickoff will fly the No. 6 aircraft for the team as the opposing solo pilot. Rickoff is a native of Atlanta, GA and a graduate of Riverwood High School. While attending high school, he lettered in baseball and later attended Duke University graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy. He later earned his commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and joined the Blue Angels in 2018. Rickoff has accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours and more than 180 carrier-arrested landings.Rickoff will be joined by six other team members from the Atlanta area. YN1 Kendall Hamilton hails from Decatur, GA, AT1 Cameron Ferguson is from Commerce, GA, and AD2 K.C. Cross calls Gordon, GA home. AO2 Destiny Berthoud, Sgt. Darrius McCauley, and LS2 Brian Hubbard all are from Atlanta.The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations and community outreach while inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country. During the team's stop in Rome, it will visit with local students and organizations prior to the demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday.Additional acts rounding out the lineup of world-class performers include the A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers Parachute Team, the C-17 Globemaster III Demonstration Team, Scott Farnsworth Aerosports Team, Michael Goulian, Mike Wiskus, Greg Koontz, Larry Kelly in the B-25 Mitchel, Scott "Scooter" Yoak in the P-51 Mustang, and Jerry "Jive" Kirby in the T-28 Mad Dog.
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