Offutt Air Force Base air show returns

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Offutt Air Force Base air show returns

By Dara Newson. CREATED Jul 18, 2014

(Bellevue, NE)--The air show at Offutt Air Force Base has been a tradition for four decades.

"People love it they're proud of it."

Last year's show was canceled because of the budget sequestration. This year's show is highlighted by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, returning for the first time since 2009.  Lucas Oil Air shows also joins the line of performers.

Michael Wiskus, a pilot for the Lucas Oil Air Show, says, "When you start looking at really what the air show is about, you start looking at our military and this base and what it really stands for freedom."

More than 70 demonstrations and displays will make up the two-day event.  With more than 40 years of pilot experience, Michael Wiskus and the skydiving team are ready to put on a dynamic performance.

Michael's plane only weighs 1,100 pounds, and only three in the world were made just like it
"For my show, I'd like to do things that people have never seen airplanes do before" says Wiskus.

"You're going to see three guys falling at the Earth over a hundred miles an hour," says Nick Halseth, a skydiver with Lucas Oil Air Show.

Halseth is on the team with two other skydivers. They jump from Lucas Oil's other aircraft.   

"We're going to be doing what we love to do - falling, opening parachutes, and looking at the huge sea of people down there," says Halseth.