Reporter: Mark Kelly l Videographer: Brian Whitesell
Campbell County, VA - Some members of the Blue Angels landed at the Lynchburg Regional Airport Wednesday to a large crowd of fans. The Lynchburg Air Show is in May and would love to have the elite Navy jet team take part.
Air Show organizers say the event could pump $5,000,000 into Lynchburg's economy, and the Blue Angels will only pull in more fans. They're a big draw wherever they perform.
The Blue Angels haven't landed on the Lynchburg tarmac since the early 80s. And watching the crowd Wednesday, you could tell the wait's been a long one.
Some chose to get up close along the airport gate. Logan Shannon watched from the car. His dad passed along a love for the Blue Angels.
"Blue Angels were always better than the Thunderbirds. Being an Air Force guy that's hard to spit out, but it's true," said Dennis Shannon.
Dreams don't have an age limit. Brian Luckado would love to fly too.
"Never had the chance, never had the opportunity, never even been close to one, but sure would love to," said Luckado.
This is his time to get close. Out of nowhere, Luckado's wish floats out of the sky.
"That's what we are here to see right there. That's a beautiful plane," said Luckado.
"It's one of those things where your adrenaline is up on every approach," said Jones Stanley, Air Show organizer.
These Blue Angels got red carpet treatment when they landed in Lynchburg, saying hellos and signing autographs. The reception makes the work worthwhile.
"Just seeing the impact you're able to have on the kids is absolutely amazing. Makes every bit of work worth it," said Lt. Dave Tickle, a Blue Angel.
And every touchdown a new adventure.
The Blue Angels will perform in 35 air shows just this year. Lynchburg hopes to get on that list.