Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Spectacular Shows Take to the Sea and the Sky

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Spectacular Shows Take to the Sea and the Sky

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All eyes will be on the skies this weekend as vintage and modern aircraft perform aerial acrobatics above the Jacksonville Naval Air Station.

It all starts today at this year's Sea and Sky Spectacular, which returns to NAS and The Jacksonville Landing (where high-tech ships will float dockside) after a year at the Beaches. Organizers have decided to rotate the site from there to NAS from year to year.

Organizers also have added some security measures in light of the 9/11 attacks. Visitors can expect some delays at the gates while guards search vehicles. They also will need to pass through metal detectors.

This year's timing coincides with other big events on the First Coast -- the Georgia-Florida football game at Alltel Stadium and the First Coast Ham Jam at the World Golf Village. Sea and Sky officials decided to skip the sea portion for tomorrow because of the football game.

Among the weekend's highlights will be the Super Shockwave Jet Truck, which will race down the runway at speeds upwards of 300 mph, displays of the Red Devils of the British Army and a potent amphibious assault ship, and harrowing search and rescue demonstrations.

And, of course, a U.S. Navy air show wouldn't be complete without the Blue Angels taking to the sky for each day's grand finale.

Admission is free. See Jacksonville.com, keywords "air show," for more information.

SPECTATORS' GUIDE

Items you CANNOT bring:

-- Coolers.

-- Backpacks/fannypacks.

-- Carryall bags.

-- Large handbags.

-- Animals.

-- Bicycles/skateboard.

-- Kites/balloons.

-- Contraband (illegal substances and weapons such as knives, pepper spray or stun guns).

Items you CAN bring:

-- Small purses.

-- Clear bags for child/infant care or medical items.

-- Portable lawn chairs (not in their bag carriers).

-- Still and video cameras (not in camera bags).

-- Baby strollers and carriers.

2002 Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular

Schedule of sea events at The Jacksonville Landing

TODAY

-- Displays open; ships open for school tours only: 9 a.m.

-- Search and rescue demonstration: 10:15 a.m.

-- Landing Craft Air Cushion operation demonstration: 10:45 a. …

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