Cape Girardeau Air Festival is Sure to Provide Thrills

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By Nick Hausen

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO -- From people jumping out of planes, to jets flying just a few feet off the ground at scorching speeds, you'll be able to see it all this weekend at the Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival. This year's headline performer is the Canadian Force's Snowbirds.

"We're Canada's version of either the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels," explained Edelson. "We're the national defense military jet aerobatic team."

Edelson was in the first Snowbird jet to arrive Thursday. The team has been performing daring stunts across the U.S. and Canada for more than forty years and offers something unique to spectators.

"Most people are used to three ship, four ship, maybe six ship formations, so nine planes, it's a lot of aircraft in front of you," said Edelson. "Because the jets are little bit slower and very maneuverable, we're almost always in front of the crowd."

They're not the only act in town. The Army Golden Knights parachute team will perform several demonstrations throughout the weekend. Golden Knight Daniel Osorio loves the excitement of being on the team.

"I'd say the most exhilarating part is when you're standing in the door looking out at the ground and getting ready to jump," said Osorio. "Then, once you're in fall, it's like freedom."

In addition to the Snowbirds and Parachute Team, several other aerobatic acts will take to the skies as well.

Shows are set for Saturday and Sunday starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and gates open at 10 a.m.

For more information, you can visit the air festival's website at http://www.capegirardeauairfestival.com/

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