by Andy Lyons, Editor-in-Chief
Wings Over Whiteman returns this summer after a two-year hiatus with a lineup spanning more than seven decades of American aircraft.
The lineup includes the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team; F-16 Viper Demo Team; B-2 Stealth Bomber; “Doc,” one of the two B-29 Superfortresses still flying; Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team, CAF Gulf Coast Wing’s B-17 Texas Raiders; Julie Clark, T-34; Kent Pietsch; A-26 “Lady Liberty;” Randy W. Ball, MIG-17F; Commemorative Air Force B-25 Devil Dog; Shetterly Squadron, SNJ-6; B-1 Lancer; B-52 Stratofortress; C-17 Globemaster III; A-10 Warthog, 442d Fighter Wing; T-38 Talon; T-1 Jayhawk; Army Blackhawks, 1-135th Assault Helicopter Battalion; and other featured ground show events.
Each of the planes will fly and have a static display except the B-29, B-52, C-17, T-38 and T-1.
The event is an open house event, so tickets and parking are both free of charge. Visitors are asked to adhere to base rules, which include: knives, explosives, weapons of any kind are strictly forbidden; firearms, stun-guns, mace and/or OC spray, and ammunition are also forbidden (unless carried by law enforcement officers with valid credentials – must be approved ahead of time).
The following are not allowed in the spectator area: backpacks, gym bags, camel packs; coolers, glass bottles, alcoholic beverages; non-prescription medication, illegal drugs, any drug-related paraphernalia; walkie-talkies, GPS units; bicycles, skateboards, roller blades/skates, scooters; or pets.
Spectators are allowed to bring: folding lawn chairs; strollers and pull-along wagons; purses and fanny packs (medium or smaller in size); medical, diaper, and camera bags (medium or smaller in size); clear beverages in clear, see-through containers; cameras, camcorders, cell phones; wheelchairs; and radio scanners.