122nd Fighter Wing & Air National Guard Announce Return Of Air Show (VIDEO)

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 10:38 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Officials with the 122nd Fighter Wing and Air National Guard announced the return of the Air Show in 2016.

Last year’s air show didn’t happen. Now that organizers have the opportunity to bring back the Fort Wayne Air Show in two years, the Air National Guard and Board of Directors say they want to bring it back in a big way.

Their goal for the 2016 show is to feature either the Blue Angels, the Navy's premier aviators, or the Air Force Thunderbirds.

Organizers say those attractions will make Fort Wayne’s air show "America’s Premier Air Show,” or at least the best air show in the Midwest.

Not only that, but officials with 122nd say the show will serve as an open house to the community as well as a recruiting tool.

"We're definitely looking forward to the opportunity to share what we do with the community, thank them for their support of what we do, and like you said, in turn, get some of the younger people that are interested in eventually being a part of this organization, out here to learn more about it,” said Maj. Jeremy Stoner, the military director for the show.

Organizers say their sponsorship goal is $400,000 in order to attract the best entertainment and vendors for the 2016 show. Although air show officials were impressed with the turn out of 83,000 people for the 2012 show, they’re aiming for 125,000 attendees in 2016.

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