Although the Lynchburg Regional Airshow isn’t set to take flight until this weekend, the community will see a disturbance in the flow of traffic starting today. Organizers say plenty of legwork has gone into bringing this show to Lynchburg and getting a designated safe fly zone for the air performances has become a collaborative effort between city, county and state law enforcement. There will be various road closures in Campbell County around the Airport for periods of time from Thursday through Sunday. Authorities say to be cautious and extra aware of the traffic through the weekend as drivers and pedestrians will be distracted by the planes in the air. Traffic patterns around parts of Lynchburg will change for the next few days. Airport Road, Terminal Drive and Preston Glenn Drive will close during Blue Angels practice today and Friday, and also during the show on Saturday and Sunday. Those attending the show should park at Liberty University and take the shuttle. Parking and shuttle service is also available at the Central Virginia Community College for those with disabilities. Police say they will tow vehicles parked on private property or on the state right of way. For more info visit the air show’s website LynchburgAirShow.com
RELATED STORY: Local school teacher Shannon Beasley took the flight of her life yesterday, joining a U.S. Navy Blue Angels pilot aboard an F/A-18 Hornet in the skies above Lynchburg. The 30-year-old Beasley teaches anatomy at the Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology. Beasley was nominated for the flight by Retired Navy Rear Admiral Jones Stanley, who is one of the organizers of this weekend’s Lynchburg Regional Airshow, featuring the Blue Angels.