Tora, Tora, Tora To Reenact Pearl Harbor Invasion During The Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
- photo by Tora! Tora! Tora!

World War II era aircraft will soon fill the skies over Russell Regional Airport with pyrotechnics and special ground effects to create a virtual reenactment of the infamous Pearl Harbor invasion of Dec. 7, 1941. The Wings Over North Georgia Air Show returns for its seventh annual event on Oct.

13-14 in Rome, Ga.  

 

Presented by JLC AirShow Management, the two-day event will host Tora, Tora, Tora, the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) recreation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The day that has lived in infamy signaled the beginning of American Involvement in World War II. The demonstration was designed as a living history lesson and is intended to serve as a memorial to soldiers on both sides who gave their lives for their countries.  

 

Six Japanese replica aircraft from the filming of the movie bearing the same name were acquired by the CAF. The act debuted in Galveston in 1972 and continues to perform at 12 to 16 air shows each season. Eight to 10 Tora aircraft are utilized for each performance with more than 60 pyrotechnic effects. The multi-sensory demonstration includes the nostalgic roar of the radial engines flying overhead as special ground effects simulate explosions from bombing and strafing runs as smoke and fire fill the air.  

 

The appearance in Northwest GA is the program’s only stop in the state, and the only one in the southeast outside of Florida.  


“In  2017, we hosted our largest and highest attended event in our seven-year history. We wanted to continue the momentum by adding some new and dynamic acts while securing many of the favorite performers from past years,” said JLC AirShow Management President, John Cowman. “We ‘re committed to staging the best show in the state and one of the best in the entire southeast. Tora, Tora, Tora is one of the most unique and thrilling on the air show circuit.”

Opening ceremonies will kick-off on Saturday and Sunday at noon followed by the first flying performances at 12:30 p.m. Airport and remote parking lots will open at 7:30 a.m. with the gates opening to guests at 9 a.m. On-site premium infield and standard dry airport camping options are available online in addition to advance reserved parking. For more information on premium seating and family ticket packages, camping, and parking, visit www.WingsOverNorthGeorgia.com. 

The public can follow the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show across social media through FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  

The Wings Over North Georgia airshow is an FAA, DoD, and International Council of Air Shows recognized event.  For the full list of performers, activities, and ticket options - air show fans, exhibitors, vendors, and sponsors can visit the official Wings Over North Georgia air show website.


Parades, Planes, Playgrounds, And More At The 2018 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

The seventh annual  Wings Over North Georgia Air Show  is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Air show performances will include 70-year old warbirds, a fifth-generation fighter jet, skydivers, jet cars, world-renowned aerobatic performers, and a 45-minute reenactment of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The air show will be Oct. 13-14, in Rome, Ga. ... (click for more)

This Week's Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Pumpkin patches, hay rides, ghost hunts, cemetery tours, fall festivals, Oktoberfests, a Roller Coaster Yard Sale, whiskey festival and beef festival are on tap to kick off autumn. Here’s what’s going on across Tennessee this week. For a complete list of events, visit  tnvacation.com/calendar . Fall Fun Taft – Lyons Family Farm  has all the fall fun with ... (click for more)

City Placing New Penalties On Use Of Cell Phones In School Zone And By Drivers Under 18

The city is setting new penalties for use of cell phones in school zones.  Drivers 18 and older may not use hand-held devices while in the zones, but they can be on their hands-free units. Another section of an ordinance change would not allow those 18 and under to be talking on a cell phone while driving. That includes even if the device is hands-free. The ordinance ... (click for more)

Rhea Puppy Mill Dogs Slowly Recovering From Years Of Abuse, Neglect

Five days after Watson and 108 other dogs were rescued from a dark, filthy puppy mill in Rhea County, the frightened 12-pound Yorkie mix doesn’t look like the same animal. Watson got lucky; he was one of the 28 puppy mill survivors that wound up at Chattanooga’s Humane Educational Society. There, volunteer groomers from Pet Smart shaved away the heavy, massive tangle of ... (click for more)

Walker County Needs A Board Of Commissioners

On Nov. 6, voters in Walker County, Ga. will vote on a referendum to determine if the county will move to a five person board of commissioners or stay with a sole commissioner form of government. The referendum is the result of several years of debate and discussion within the county. In 2012,  Dr. Paul Shaw, in his attempt to unseat then-Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Coach Who Said ‘No’

I couldn’t tell you the first time I met John Gagliardi … 30 years ago? 40? … and I never saw him nearly enough. He was a Division III football coach at some monastery of a place in Minnesota and that’s a long way from the Southeastern Conference. Our orbits rarely overlapped but somewhere down the line we were at the same table for dinner. Once that happened, it seemed like the ... (click for more)