Highway to the danger zone: Preparations for Grand Junction air show.

By: Thomas Jordan Email
By: Thomas Jordan Email

They're gearing up and putting their equipment through its paces so they can put on a flawless show tomorrow. The blue angels were founded more than fifty years ago by an Admiral who saw the value of naval aviation from world war two. He started a three plane demonstration team which began traveling the country putting on these demonstrations.

They only come around once a year. The Blue Angels are back and ready for action. Over the years, a transformation has taken place.

"We’ve gone from three planes to a six plane jet demonstration and a transport aircraft, we've gone from a eight man team to one hundred thirty men and woman," said Commanding Officer of the 2012 Blue Angels Greg Mcwherter.

He can't wait to put on a show for the crowd and show everyone what happens when everybody works together.

"Well they can expect a great demonstration, the first thing I think they are going to see is the team work that makes this squadron run," said Mcwherter.

Todd Tuboch is a local who is an important part of this team, working in Maintenance Control.

"Seeing the airplanes fly and knowing I had a hand in it is a lot of pride and sense of ownership," said Todd Tuboch who works in Maintenance Control for the 2012 Blue Angels.

Todd describes his experience as a touch of reality, especially since he grew up watching the Angels.

"It’s really a great honor to be able to work with the caliber of men and women that are on this team, because they truly are professionals and they are really great at what they do," said Tuboch.

You can share your appreciation for our hardworking men and women in uniform as well, with the thank you video booth at the Air National Guard's rise to the challenge tour booth. It's just one of the other attractions you can find at this year's air show.

"We have a mechanical challenge where you’ll be about to work on a moch jet engine, you can test your physical strength on the battlefield airman challenge by doing pull ups," said Daisha Huling who is the Spokesperson for the Rise to the Challenge Tour.

But whether you're dreaming of flying high, or actually up in the air it promises to be a great weekend.

"Some of the best military and civilian performers on the planet are going to be right here in Grand Junction," said Mcwherter.

The Blue Angels fly F-18 Hornets capable of speeds up to seven-hundred miles an hour, but for demonstration purposes, they keep it to just three or four hundred miles an hour.

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