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Top 10 – #2 Great Minnesota Air Show Entertains Central Minnesotans

ST. CLOUD — St. Cloud hosted one of the biggest civilian air shows in the country in June.  As we continue our countdown of the Top 10 local news stories for 2010, coming-in at #2 is the Great Minnesota Airshow.

WJON reporter Jim Maurice goes through a pre-flight check before going on a ride of his life with the Blue Angels.

It took months of planning, hundreds of volunteers, and probably thousands of asprins for headaches — but in the end most would probably say it was worth it.  The first ever Great Minnesota Air Show was on Saturday and Sunday, June 26th and 27th at the St. Cloud Regional Airport.  Co-Director Chris Chapman estimates over 70,000 people viewed the air show over the two days.  Local officials estimate it may be the largest event of any kind held in Central Minnesota.

Some of the highlights included performances by the United State’s Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor.

The Air Force's F-22 Raptor put on a jaw-dropping performance.

For the most part the event went off without a hitch, traffic was congested on Highways 10 and 23 — but that was expected, and injuries to spectators were kept to things like sunburn and dehydration.

The Great Minnesota Air Show was organized and sponsored by Townsquare Media.

Coming-up tomorrow (Friday) we have the #1 story of the year for 2010.

See some of the action for yourself.

Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

And here’s a look at the Raptor Stealth Fighter, which appeared at the show.

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