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Lynchburg Air Show Preps for Big Weekend


Reporter: Mark Kelly l Photojournalist: Sally Delta

Lynchburg, VA - It was busy at the Lynchburg Regional Airport Wednesday. Preparations are well underway for the Lynchburg Air Show. Organizers were putting some important pieces in place. They say it takes a huge amount of coordination to get this show up and going.

They started putting up what's called the arresting gear Wednesday. Basically, they're trenches, so in case there's an emergency landing, the plane can stop.

As for traffic on that day, Wards Road will be hopping. Nearly 60,000 people are expected over a two-day period, and 500 volunteers will be on hand to help. To cut down on traffic, organizers really want everyone to carpool. Sixty buses will be ready to shuttle people from parking lots at Liberty University to the air show at the airport. There's overflow parking too.

People are just eager for show day.

"There's not a lot going on in Lynchburg really, so an air show, I think that would be fun to look at," said Shaquanna Bell.

Businesses on Wards Road are bracing for an onslaught. One manager was shocked to hear 60,000 may turn out.

"I guess we are going to bring in everyone to work that day and just hope that we can take care of everybody at the same time," said Roy Badilo, Ledo Pizza Manager.

The show's the weekend of May 21st. But, you might see a Blue Angel in the air Thursday. That's not the show. They're just doing some safety tests.

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