Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Blue Angels, Golden Knights Make Special Appearance at Pep Rally

KINGSVILLE - March 23, 2010

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

Local students to pack Javelina Stadium at Wings Over South Texas Pep Rally

A number of the performers from this weekend’s Wings Over South Texas Air Show at NAS Kingsville will be making a special appearance for local school children and others as they join with Texas A&M University-Kingsville for a special pep rally Friday, March 26, at Javelina Stadium.

The pep rally will be divided into two portions, the first for middle and high school students beginning at 8:45 a.m. and the second for elementary school students beginning at 9:45 a.m. Each arriving class will be met by a Javelina student athlete who will escort the group to their seats and stay with them throughout the event.

The middle and high school portion will feature a video of Javelina head football coach Bo Atterberry’s flight with the Blue Angels. The Blue Angels will be introduced and they will talk to the students.

The elementary students will be greeted by a group jump by the Golden Knights parachute team. Members of the Golden Knights will talk to the students. The Viper East team also will be introduced.

The university cheer team and members of the Pride of South Texas Marching Band also will perform. A video of a performance of Tora! Tora! Tora! will be shown at both events. This video is a commemorative U.S. Air Force recreation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Throughout both portions, various aircraft will perform flybys over Javelina Stadium.

Gates for the Wings Over South Texas Air Show at NAS Kingsville open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28.

About the Blue Angels
The Blue Angels serve as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Their flight demonstration exhibits choreographed refinements of skills possessed by all Naval aviators. The pilots and their crew of about 45 team members travel to 35 air show sites per year performing in 68 air shows. During the 2010 season, the team celebrates its 23rd year flying the F/A-18 Hornet.

About the Golden Knights
Formed in 1959, 13 men joined together to form the Strategic Army Corps Sport Parachute Team to compete in the then-communist-dominated sport of skydiving. They performed so well that on June 1, 1961, the United States Army officially recognized, designated and activated the team as the U.S. Army Parachute Team. For 50 years, the Golden Knights have been wowing audiences at air shows, competitions and most recently with high-profile tandems.

About Viper East team

Viper East is a team of F-16 Fighting Falcons commonly known to military pilots as the Viper. It is a compact and extremely maneuverable multi-role fighter aircraft. It can locate targets in all weather conditions and detect low-flying aircraft in radar ground clutter. In an air-to-surface role, the F-16 can fly more than 500 miles, deliver its weapons with superior accuracy, defend itself against enemy aircraft and return to its starting point.

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