Thousands arrive for Memphis Air Show despite weekend tragedies - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Thousands arrive for Memphis Air Show despite weekend tragedies

(WMC-TV) - The cracking sound of stunt planes ripped through the skies of Millington Saturday, drawing cheers from the thousands in the crowd for the Memphis Air Show.

"The most cool planes on the earth," said attendee Deovontee Barnes.

"I like the Blue Angels," said attendee Wailes Finke.

As planes maneuvered through the clouds, the people on the ground said they trusted everything would go well, despite Friday's show crash in Reno, Nevada that killed nine people and wounded dozens more.

"We just feel sorry for them, but there is a way to overcome anything and that is through God," said Navy retiree Wilford Barnes.

Spectators, like Barnes and pilot Chris Finke, said the tragedy gave them more reason to show their respect to aviation.

"These guys do their best and they're safe and it's something I feel comfortable bringing my kids to," said Chris Finke.

Commander Brian Ferguson, a pilot based out of Fallon, Nevada, said the crash should not deter anyone from the air show.  He said this is an occasion for the Mid-South to see the firepower that protects the country.

"This is the coolest thing in the world," said Ferguson.  "You've got old airplanes, new airplanes.  The Blue Angels are here.  It's a great day to come out and be an American ... and look at all of these airplanes."

Ferguson was happy to see the crowds, but said the crash in Reno hit close to home.

"Not only the people related to the airplane, the families, the loved ones, but the people in the crowd who just came out to have a good time, and then the worst possible thing happens," he said.

Attendees said they will pray for the loss in Nevada, but keep the tradition alive.

"I enjoy it and I just want my kids to be around this kind of experience," said Chris Finke.

"It's amazing to see how blessed we are to have the capability and technology and to see how much we can achieve," said Barnes.

The Memphis Air Show continues Sunday at the Millington Regional Jetport on Navy Road.  For more information, click here.

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