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Iowa couple, former U.S. Marine enjoy their experience at Scott Air Force Base Airshow

Day one of the Scott Air Force Base Air Show drew large crowds of spectators — including a couple from Iowa.

Nancy and Bob Lindgard were in town from the Hawkeye State to see their daughter and son-in-law, who live in St. Louis. The Lindgards’ grandson had a baseball game nearby, so they worked the airshow into their itinerary on Saturday.

“So we’re doing this, too — two things at one time,” Nancy said.

As far as what she liked most about the airshow thus far, Nancy said, “The daredevils! I can’t believe what daredevils they are. I mean, honestly.”

The entire event impressed Bob.

“There’s nothing I don’t like. Everything’s impressive,” he said.

The Lindgards’ also looked forward to seeing the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, which were set to perform at 3 p.m. Saturday. However, heavy thunderstorms moved into the area around that time, canceling their performance.

“That’s kind of our big thing — like everybody else — is to come and see them. They put on quite the show,” Linda said.

Meanwhile, former U.S. Marine Steve Gavaza of southern Illinois attended Saturday so all four of his four grandchildren could experience the airshow. They were all with him.

“I think that F-22 caught their attention,” he said.

This Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor was part of the the Scott Air Force Base Airshow on Sunday, May 14, 2023.
This Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor was part of the the Scott Air Force Base Airshow on Sunday, May 14, 2023.

Gavaza also was excited to see the Blue Angels.

“I haven’t seen them since I was in the service,” he said. “It’s been a while since I’ve been to the airshow. I can’t remember the last date, but I had a grandson with me then.”

While the Blue Angels weren’t able to perform Saturday because of the bad weather, they did take center stage on Sunday. The team of F/A-18 Super Hornet jets wowed the crowd at Scott and people across surrounding communities as the fighters flew in tight formations and performed other amazing moves.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels performed Sunday, May 14, 2023 at the Scott Air Force Base Airshow. Bad weather forced the postponement of the team’s scheduled performance on the first day of the show.
U.S. Navy Blue Angels performed Sunday, May 14, 2023 at the Scott Air Force Base Airshow. Bad weather forced the postponement of the team’s scheduled performance on the first day of the show.

Besides the Blue Angels, Gavaza noted Saturday he most looked forward to the Tora! Tora! Tora!, team. “Tora Tora Tora” was the Japanese code expression for the signal to begin the attack on Pearl Harbor.

“I like the Tora! Tora! group. I like to see the guys jump (parachute),” he said.

Tora! Tora! Tora! is a traveling living history lesson about the attack on the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. This was one of the demonstrations presented at the 2023 Scott Air Force Base Airshow on Sunday, May 14.
Tora! Tora! Tora! is a traveling living history lesson about the attack on the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. This was one of the demonstrations presented at the 2023 Scott Air Force Base Airshow on Sunday, May 14.

Scott officials estimated Saturday’s crowd at 35,000.

The air show was scheduled to conclude at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Scott Air Force Base last hosted the airshow in June 2017 to coincide with the base’s 100th anniversary.

Red Bull sky divers perform at the Scott AFB air show. The event continues all day on Sunday at Scott Air Force Base. For information on the schedule, visit bnd.com.
Red Bull sky divers perform at the Scott AFB air show. The event continues all day on Sunday at Scott Air Force Base. For information on the schedule, visit bnd.com.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are pictured Saturday prior to the Scott Air Force Base Airshow. The airshow drew thousands of spectators and included the MiG-17 Randy Ball; P-51 Mustang, Heritage Flight, F-22 Demo; Extreme Flight Pitts S1-S; as well as the Blue Angels. The event will continue Sunday.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are pictured Saturday prior to the Scott Air Force Base Airshow. The airshow drew thousands of spectators and included the MiG-17 Randy Ball; P-51 Mustang, Heritage Flight, F-22 Demo; Extreme Flight Pitts S1-S; as well as the Blue Angels. The event will continue Sunday.
CW2 officer Fargher talks to, from left, Julian and Roman Roulette and Soloman and Angela Kull inside the Chinook Helicopter during the Scott Air Force Base Airshow on Saturday. The airshow drew thousands of spectators and included the MiG-17 Randy Ball; P-51 Mustang, Heritage Flight, F-22 Demo; Extreme Flight Pitts S1-S; as well as the Blue Angels. The airshow will continue Sunday.
Attendees at the Scott Air Force Base Airshow get a peek inside the Chinook Helicopter on Saturday. The airshow drew thousands of spectators and included the MiG-17 Randy Ball; P-51 Mustang, Heritage Flight, F-22 Demo; Extreme Flight Pitts S1-S; and more.
Attendees at the Scott Air Force Base Airshow get a peek inside the Chinook Helicopter on Saturday. The airshow drew thousands of spectators and included the MiG-17 Randy Ball; P-51 Mustang, Heritage Flight, F-22 Demo; Extreme Flight Pitts S1-S; and more.
Pictured is a US. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Super Hornet at the Scott Air Force Base Airshow. The airshow drew thousands of spectators and included the MiG-17 Randy Ball; P-51 Mustang, Heritage Flight, F-22 Demo; Extreme Flight Pitts S1-S; and more.
Pictured is a US. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Super Hornet at the Scott Air Force Base Airshow. The airshow drew thousands of spectators and included the MiG-17 Randy Ball; P-51 Mustang, Heritage Flight, F-22 Demo; Extreme Flight Pitts S1-S; and more.
A large line waits to board a C-17 Globemaster III during the Scott Air Force Base Airshow on Saturday. The airshow, at SAFB for the first time since 2017, drew large crowds.
A large line waits to board a C-17 Globemaster III during the Scott Air Force Base Airshow on Saturday. The airshow, at SAFB for the first time since 2017, drew large crowds.
Pictured is a Chinook Helicopter during the Scott Air Force Base Airshow. The airshow, at SAFB for the first time since 2017, drew large crowds.
Pictured is a Chinook Helicopter during the Scott Air Force Base Airshow. The airshow, at SAFB for the first time since 2017, drew large crowds.
Pictured is an F-18 fighter plane during the Scott Air Force Base Airshow. The airshow, at SAFB for the first time since 2017, drew large crowds.
Pictured is an F-18 fighter plane during the Scott Air Force Base Airshow. The airshow, at SAFB for the first time since 2017, drew large crowds.
Red Bull sky divers perform at during the Scott Air Force Base Airshow. The airshow, at SAFB for the first time since 2017, drew large crowds.
Red Bull sky divers perform at during the Scott Air Force Base Airshow. The airshow, at SAFB for the first time since 2017, drew large crowds.