Team Moody is gearing up for its Air Fest next month that will include a line up of performances that the air boss is calling a "first class air show."

"This is our time to show the Valdosta and Lowndes County area what our guys at Moody have been doing," said Capt. Kerry Tidmore, air boss for Team Moody Air Fest 2005. "We want to put Team Moody folks right up front. We want to put our best and brightest out there."

The weekend event that starts April 9 at Moody Air Force Base will include a T-6A Texan II Demo with Heritage, an F-16 Demo with Heritage, a B-52 or B-1 flyover, an FA-22 flyover and ground acts that will include the 820th Convoy Attack Demo, a PJ flag jump, a Combat Search and Rescue Demo and a 347th military K-9 demo.

"You can imagine what goes on in planning an Air Fest show at Moody," said Col. Brad Heithold, commander of the 347th Rescue Wing.

Tidmore said about 70 people have been involved in the organization of the show and recruiting performers.

"Now we have performers calling Moody. You know you've got a good line up when you have performers calling you," Tidmore said.

Tidmore added that there will be about three to four generations of fighters participating in the air show. The event is being promoted from Florida to Atlanta to attract spectators.

"With the professionalism of people in today's Air Force, it's amazing," Tidmore said. "Now we want to show you this is what's happening at the base and reinforce the public's confidence so they walk away with a great feeling about Moody and the Air Force."

A performance with "Tora, Tora, Tora" will recreate the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor involving Japanese fighters and bombers to simulate the attack. Smoke, fire and explosions from a pyrotechnics team will take place with an announcer explaining the performance.

"They're industry professionals, and they're going to do a great job for us," Tidmore said. "We really have the who's who of the air show industry coming out for us."

Team Moody Air Fest 2005 is free to the public, and the gates will open at 9 a.m. April 9. Ground acts begin at 9:30 a.m. and flying acts begin at 10 a.m. Flying ends at 4 p.m. with gates closing at 4:30 p.m.

The Air Fest will continue Sunday with gates opening at 9 a.m. as well.

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