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Gary Indiana Air Show 2015

By Mike Heilman

The Lima Lima flight team flying in their Beech T-34B Mentor over the Gary, Ind. area. The team uses the yellow scheme the United States military used for trainers in the 1950s. (Mike Heilman)The 2015 Gary Indiana Air Show made a triumphed return after a two-year hiatus. The air show was cancelled the past two years for various reasons. In 2013, the show was cancelled due to the Federal Sequester issues. In 2014, the show organizers tried to move the show to a different location in North Central Indiana, but heavy rains forced the show to cancel because the wet show grounds could not handle the large crowds. The city of Gary sponsors the free show to help promote tourism to the city and the Lakeshore Marquette Park area. This year’s show drew an estimated 120,000 spectators to the two-day event.

Headlining the Gary Air Show was the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds flew their F-16C “Fighting Falcon” both days of the event. The United States Navy West Coast F/A-18F “Super Hornet” Demonstration Team flew a tactical demonstration. The Super Hornet Team is from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, based at NAS Lemoore, Calif. The United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Demonstration Team made several jumps at the show.

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