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2017 Thunder in the Valley Air Show celebrates 20 Years of Thunder

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Thunder in the Valley Air Show is celebrating “20 Years of Thunder” at the Columbus Airport on April 8 - 9, with tickets now available online and at local retail outlets.

Gates will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. on both Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9.

Advance tickets are $10 per person, per day, and can be purchased at the following locations:

  • Columbus-area McDonald’s
  • Flightways Columbus (Columbus Airport)
  • Ace Hardware at 3863 St. Marys Road
  • Bruster’s Real Ice Cream (1654 Whittlesey Road, 7590 Schomburg Road, and 3465 Macon Road)
  • Wingstop at 2528 Weems Road

Advance tickets may also be purchased online by clicking here. Military personnel may purchase advance tickets for $8 apiece at Fort Benning’s MWR Tickets and Travel.

All tickets are $15 per person on the day of the show. Children ages 6 and younger receive free admission. Each ticket is valid only for one of the two show days. To attend both days requires two tickets and there are no rain dates or refunds.

Ticket buyers will enjoy a variety of military, modern and vintage aircraft, including Skip Stewart, performing gravity-defying maneuvers in a modified Pitts S2S biplane; Matt Younkin, flying one of the most graceful and unusual acts in his Beech 18; Gary Ward, taking his MX2 through a sequence jam-packed with breathtaking dives and turns; Greg Koontz, a comedy act featuring the wayward farmer “Clem Cleaver” in a Piper J-3 Cub; and Chris Darnell’s Shockwave Jet Truck, an all-out sensory assault of flames, smoke, heat and noise at speeds of more than 350 mph. 

The U.S. Army Silver Wings Demonstration Team will open the air show each day by delivering the American flag.  Spectators can enjoy a taste of WW II history and modern-day aviation when two fighters, a USAF F-16 and a Redtail Squadron P-51, perform a formation flyover.  A USAF F-35 from Eglin AFB will provide a thrilling flyover showcasing the aircraft’s speed and agility.

New this year, the Thunder in the Valley Air Show offers a mobile app.  Download it from the Apple Store or Google Play and use it as your on-the-go guide throughout the air show.

Online advance tickets will be available until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 7. Retail locations will offer advance tickets until the close of business on Friday, April 7. Only $15 Day of Event tickets will be sold after that.

It takes more than a few drops of rain to stop the Thunder in the Valley Air Show! The Thunder in the Valley Air Show will take place– weather permitting– both Saturday and Sunday.

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