Vanquish Worldwide to be premier sponsor for Smoky Mountain Air show | News
(WBIR - Blount County) When the Smoky Mountain Air Show returns to East Tennessee in 2016, a veteran-owned company based in Blount County will help make it happen.
Officials announced Tuesday that Vanquish Worldwide has been selected as the premier sponsor for the show. The Maryville-based business is a contract company that provides transportation and security overseas.
The sponsor news was Tuesday's second big economic announcement for Blount County. Earlier in the morning, Governor Haslam announced plans for a $553 million munitions facility in Alcoa's Partnership Park. The site will serve as the global headquarters for Advanced Munitions International and is expected to create more than 600 jobs.
McGhee Tyson Airport used to hold air shows every other year or so. But after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, military resources were redirected overseas. That made it difficult for the air show to exist. More than a decade later, we are seeing the return of the show.
Past airshows brought more than 200,000 visitors to the area so officials are expecting big crowds in 2016. A portion of the proceeds from the air show will go to HonorAir Knoxville. The organization sends veterans for free to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials built in their honor.
The Blue Angels have already signed on to perform during the April 16-17, 2016 air show. A full list of performers is expected to be announced in the coming months.