Baltimore Co. to Bring in Blue Angels for 1812 Event Thursday

… Martin State Airport to display vintage and modern aircraft …

By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun

10:27 AM EST, December 1, 2011

The 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 will bring tall ships to the Baltimore harbor and vintage as well as 21st Century aircraft to Baltimore County’s skies.

The Blue Angels, at least one of the famous Navy jets, will fly into Martin State Airport in Middle River about 12:30 p.m. Thursday and provide a dramatic backdrop as officials announce the static or on-the-ground exhibit of vintage and modern planes that will fill the airport’s runways.

The city will highlight its role in the war that spawned the National Anthem with a maritime festival at the Inner Harbor. Baltimore County where Maryland’s militia battled the British at North Point will kick off its celebration with an air show.

The city’s 2012 Star Spangled Sailabration, from June 13 through 18, and the county’s air show, from June 15 to 17, will give an expected 1 million tourists numerous opportunities to delve into the state’s naval and air history. The Blue Angels will return for the air festival and at least 10 tall ships, including the U.S. Coast Guard Eagle, will sail up the Chesapeake Bay to berths at the Inner Harbor in June. Several community events, still in the planning stages, will accompany both the air and sea displays.

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