More acts sign on for Thunder Over Georgia Air Show

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The Army Black Daggers, the DAV (Disabled American Veterans), and Randy Ball and his MIG-17F have signed on for the Robins Air Force Base Air Show which scheduled Oct. 1 and 2.

Descending from the skies at 12,500 feet, traveling nearly 120 miles per hour, free-fall parachuting is the closest humans have ever come to actually flying. For the Black Daggers, the official U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, that's a typical Monday morning.

Composed of volunteers from throughout Army special operations, the Black Daggers have diverse backgrounds and are skilled in various military specialties including Special Forces, Rangers, civil affairs, psychological operations, and signal and support. With an average age of 33 and an average number of free-fall jumps at 560, the team represents the professionalism and dedication of Army special operations forces. To learn more visit

The DAV will bring its timely and patriotic message on the wings of "Show Me," a fully restored B-25 Mitchell Bomber.  Throughout the airshow, DAV representatives will be on hand to provide information about veteran's benefits and answer questions about DAV programs.

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Randy Ball has performed over 1,000 performances to date. No other North American Jet Demo pilot even comes close to that number of performances. In fact, Randy is the only Jet Demo pilot (military or civilian) to be granted both a day and night unlimited aerobatic rating in jet fighters by the FAA. He has flown over 40 different types of aircraft, manufactured in nine countries.

Ball has flown as the enemy aircraft with the USAF F-4 both for air shows and on film. His solo demo is designed to resemble the tactical demo of the F-16 Falcon, the first fighter that could out-turn the Vietnam era MiG-17. During his demo in the MiG-17F, he routinely pulls 8gs, and reaches speeds approaching 700 mph, all while sometimes flying less than 100 feet off the ground.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be headlining the show.

"We're very excited about this event. This is a great opportunity for the Air Force and Robins Air Force Base to thank Americans across the southeast for their continuous support for the military," said Col. Jeff King, 78th Air Base Wing commander.

The flying unit is officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, and flies the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The team's aerial demonstrations can include 40 maneuvers with formation flying and solo routines, with a squadron of nearly 130 airmen who serve in more than two dozen Air Force job specialties.

A team of 12 officers can include veteran fighter pilots, an operations officer, advance pilot and narrator, as well as support officers who provide medical, administrative, maintenance and public affairs duties.

The last Robins Air Show was in 2012 when the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, headlined the event, which drew a crowd of nearly 200,000 people over a two day-period in April. 

What to Know: More information will be released as it becomes available. Information will be posted to the base website at and the Robins official Facebook page.