Airport, photographers ready for Blue Angels


Thunder rolls into the Tri-State this weekend and one airport is ready for the storm. A team of Blue Angels will take over the Owensboro skies.

Wendy Dujardin might have the best seat in the city Wednesday afternoon, perched on the roof of her SUV outside the Owensboro airport.

“He’s probably got to be coming that way,” he said, looking to the sky. “You have to get on top of your car to see through the fence.” 

It’s a day of practice for her and other amateur photographers, working the lens to lock in on a fast-moving target.  A single $21 million F-18 Hornet screaming across the sky; a warm up for what’s to come later this week.

Dave Martin, ground support manager Mid-America Jet, says it gets loud when the Blue’s come to town. “There’s a lot of support behind all that people don’t see, you got equipment and fuel requirements.”

Mid-America Jet is operating like normal, but they’ve got to make room for seven Navy jets on the way.

“There are a lot of people walking around, safety-wise, you think about ear protection, thrust, kickback,” Martin said. As a retired Air Force airman, he knows the power of this plane.

Eddie Atherton knows the crowds they’ll bring because he’s shot them before. At the fence of the airport near Dujardin, he points his massive zoom lens toward the clouds.

“I got multiple memory cards and I download them every night,” said Atherton. He has plenty of space to shoot a lot of pictures and get ready for the real show this weekend.

You can meet the pilots and see the planes on Friday at 4:30 p.m. the airport. The show is Saturday and Sunday, downtown starting at 12:30 p.m.

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(This story was originally published September 12, 2018)

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