Mike Kelly and Jed Doggett pilot the C-47. Photo by Rachel Chaney.

Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph hasn’t hosted an air show since 2011, but on Saturday and Sunday the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will fly over the heads of attendees for about an hour each day. The U.S. Air Force’s Wings of Blue and the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute teams will accompany the Thunderbirds during the air show.

The air show will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and it’s free and open to the public. Historic and modern airplanes will be on display for attendees to view the generational progression of the airplanes from the World War II era to present day.

VIA Metropolitan Transit will provide express services for both days of the air show and additional service for its Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) Express routes 16 and 65, both of which provide trips between Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, and the downtown USO office.

The modified routes will provide trips to Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph beginning at 8:25 a.m. on both days from the bus stop near the USO office at 203 W. Market St. VIA will leave the bus stop 50 minutes after the hour until 3:50 p.m. VIA will provide return trips from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph 5o minutes after the hour until 6:50 p.m.

The VIA bus will drop off passengers at the JBSA-Randolph visitor’s gate, and from there they can board the JBSA Air Show Shuttle for transportation to the general public entry.

Patrons will be required to pay $2.50 each way for the JBSA-Randolph Express service, with discounts provided for children, seniors, and students, or they can purchase a $4 day pass which they can use for all transportation trips for 24 hours.

*Top image: Mike Kelly and Jed Doggett pilot a C-47.  Photo by Rachel Chaney.

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Former Rivard Report Assistant Editor Joan Vinson is a San Antonio native who graduated from The University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She's a yoga fanatic and an adventurer at heart....