Small win for Sanford

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford

The Blue Angels U.S. Navy aerial performance squadron is among the featured groups that will appear at the 2011 Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort air show, scheduled for April 30 and May 1.

The theme of the event is "Celebrating 100 years of Naval Aviation."

Each day will include five hours of performances by military and civilian pilots.

Gates will open at 9 a.m., with show time beginning at 11 a.m.

In addition to the Blue Angels, the show will feature many of the planes and performers seen at this month's Air Expo 2011 at the Charleston Air Force Base. That includes the Geico Skytypers and the U.S. Army Golden Knights Jump Team.

Other features will include an AV-8B Harrier demonstration, Huey helicopter rides, plus multiple other flights and ground displays by military and civilian aircraft.

"Anyone who has ever been to an air show can tell you about what an adrenaline rush it can be to watch these demonstrators perform their aerial stunts with such precision," said Col. John Snider, commanding officer of the air station.

The event is free.

Attendees can stand or sit on their own carried-in blankets or lawn chairs. Grandstand, box and chalet tickets also are available for purchase as preferred seating.

Food and vendor goods can be purchased on site. Parking for the handicapped will be provided.

About 80,000 people per day are expected, air show organizers said.