Wet weather caused a delay at the Great Tennessee Air Show, but eventually the planes were able to take off.
The scene was a delight to the spectators who came out for the show.
Performers Saturday included the Breitling Jet Team, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team, Geico Skytypers, F-4U Corsair, P-51 Mustang, BT-13 Vultee Valiant, Sean D. Tucker, and Dan Buchanan.
The Blue Angels did not participate following the tragic death of Captain Jeff Kuss when his plane crashed during practice Thursday in Smyrna.
Many lined the road and waited at Smyrna’s airport earlier Saturday before the air show as Kuss’ body was escorted by police to a plane waiting to take him home.
The following statement was released on the website for the Great Tennessee Air Show:
“Our hearts are deeply saddened by today’s tragic and devastating accident,” said John Black, Executive Director of the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport. "Show management has discussed the relative advantages and disadvantages of continuing the show. After close consultation with the Blue Angels, regulatory officials and the performers, we have made the decision to carry on with this weekend’s show."
To learn more about the Great Tennessee Air Show, click here.