Georgia airshow a homecoming for some Thunderbirds

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Rome, Georgia, will serve as a homecoming for several members of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds this month when the Wings Over North Georgia Drive-In Air Show takes place Oct. 24-25, 2020, at Russell Regional Airport (KRMG).

Most air shows were forced to cancel during the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After careful coordination with county and state agencies, the decision was made to host the two-day, “tailgate-style” air show in Rome using a drive-in format, according to organizers.

Headlining the air show are the Thunderbirds — and some of the team members will be in familiar surroundings as they perform for family and friends not far from their hometowns.

Capt. Remoshay Nelson, Thunderbird 12, is from Douglasville, Georgia, and leads the team’s marketing, publicity, and community relations program.

Following graduation from Douglas County High School, Nelson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Since her commission, Nelson has held numerous public affairs positions across the globe, the most recent appointment as the Thunderbird’s first female African American officer. She recently participated in the “America Strong” flyovers of nine cities, including the Atlanta area, honoring healthcare and frontline workers.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilots prepare to take flight.

The parents and family of Master Sgt. Thomas “Nathan” Clonts won’t have far to travel to see their

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