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