The Great Florida Air Show, Health First to Collaborate on May 16 for ‘Healthcare Hero Day’
By Space Coast Daily // May 14, 2021
at Orlando Melbourne International Airport May 15-16
ABOVE VIDEO: In their first Melbourne, Florida, appearance since 2015, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline The Great Florida Air Show, flying the team’s new aircraft, the F-18 Super Hornet.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Great Florida Air Show, in partnership with Health First, will recognize the daily heroic sacrifices made by area frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic by designating Sunday, May 16 as “Healthcare Hero Day.”
The Great Florida Air Show, presented by Northrop Grumman and produced by The Air Show Network will be held Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16 at Orlando Melbourne International Airport.
A leading healthcare services provider on the Space Coast, Health First will distribute 1,000 tickets donated by The Great Florida Air Show to frontline workers within its network of over 9,000 associates.
Tickets will be available in sets of two or four on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additionally, the Air Show will recognize all frontline workers in attendance throughout the day.
“Speaking from firsthand experience, the outstanding professionals at Health First are true heroes for their dependability in performing medical services during the pandemic,” said Airport Executive Director Greg Donovan, A.A.E.
“Our community is extremely fortunate to have these dedicated doctors, nurses, technicians, pharmacists, specialists, custodial support staff, and beyond, who have devoted themselves to providing critical care regardless of the virus or any other outside threat. While the peak of the pandemic may be behind us, it is vital for us to recognize these healthcare heroes for their bravery and professionalism during a very challenging time. We are truly grateful for their service.”
“As the leader in air show entertainment, this is our first production event in Central Florida, and we are thrilled to make a meaningful donation to the community,” said Jim Breen, President of The Air Show Network.
In their first Melbourne appearance since 2015, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the Air Show on May 15-16, flying the Team’s new aircraft, the F-18 Super Hornet.
Scheduled performers include United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team, Official U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team, U.S. National Aerobatic champions Mike Wiskus of Lucas Oil Air Shows, nine-time consecutive winner Rob Holland, and Mike Goulian (Red Bull Air Races Champion), Larry Labriola piloting the Aero L-39 Albatros, Gregory “Wired” Colyer flying warbird Ace Maker T-33, and Scott “Scooter” Yoak in his World War II-era QuickSilver P-51.
“We are thankful to the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport and The Air Show Network for recognizing, supporting, and welcoming our Health First associates as part of The Great Florida Air Show,” said Paula Just, Health First Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the aviation and technical ingenuity this community is known for – alongside our healthcare heroes who work tirelessly each day to create a stronger and healthier Brevard. We’re looking forward to an exciting, fun-filled event and we value the community partnerships and engagement that have helped make this day possible for so many.”
This year’s first-of-its-kind boutique event will be reduced capacity to ensure a high-quality guest experience and social distancing. Tables seating four each will be available in the Flight Line Club.
Premium Boxes and additional Air Show seating will be sold in sets of two and four. Each seat grouping will be socially distanced in accordance with CDC protocol. Merchandise and food and beverage transactions will be cashless.
A static display will include the new jaw-dropping Generation 6 Florida Tech Jet Dragster featuring two-time IHRA World Champion Jet Dragster driver Elaine Larsen and the Florida Tech Jet Racing Team.
Table and seating tickets are available now at www.greatfloridaairshow.com. Tickets will not be sold on-site during show days. Parking for the event is free and upgraded VIP parking is available for purchase.
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