A West Virginia airshow which closed early this year following a
fatal T-28 crash will be back for 2012. The website for the Thunder
Over The Blue Ridge Open House & Air Show in Martinsburg
announces, "The 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National
Guard will once again partner with the local community and Thunder
Over The Blue Ridge, Inc., to host the 2012 Thunder Over the Blue
Ridge Open House and Air Show. The event is scheduled for September
"Next year’s open house and air show will center around a
variety of military and civilian acts and displays while opening
the base to the general public. We are in the preliminary stages of
planning the event. Check back often for updates."
As ANN reported, Jack "Flash" Mangan (pictured
above), an alternate wing team member of the Trojan Horsemen
Warbird Formation Acrobatic Team, died when his T-28 appeared to go
out of control following an opposing pass maneuver with another
plane. The team took a hiatus, but returned to performing November
11 with a missing man formation flight over the start of the
Veterans Airlift Command annual golf tournament and fundraising
dinner at Pinehurst Golf Club outside Ft. Bragg, NC.
The 2012 Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House and Air Show
will be held at Eastern Regional Airport south of Martinsburg.