MALONE Those traveling to this year's Franklin County Fair on Aug. 6, 7 or 8 will want to "Do Something Amazing" and experience the sights and sounds of the U.S. Air Force through a fresh and innovative grassroots Tour.
The 2007 "Do Something Amazing" Tour is formerly known as the "Cross Into The Blue" Tour. This year's adaptation traveling more than 120,000 miles to 60 cities in 10 months celebrates the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force and was renamed to mirror its new, reality-based advertising campaign.
The "Do Something Amazing" Tour unveils once-in-a-lifetime simulations, interactive thrill rides, video games and high-tech elements that give visitors a peek inside the world of the Air Force as they fight on battlefields overseas, operate space satellites, defend cyberspace and safeguard our skies.
The Tour travels with an authentic F-16 Fighting Falcon, as well as a giant movie screen that is viewed inside one of the two customized, 53-foot trailers.
At the Franklin County Fair, at U.S. Route 11 on East Main Street, guests can peer into the cockpit of an actual F-16 fighter jet, which measures 49 feet, five inches long, stands 16 feet tall and has a wing span of 32 feet, eight inches. They also can enjoy an upside-down ride on the Extreme Equilibrium, which simulates "spatial disorientation" pilots may encounter. The "Do Something Amazing" Tour will be located across from the grandstand and open from 10 a.m. 6 p.m. all three days (Monday, Aug. 6, Tuesday, Aug. 7 and Wednesday, Aug. 8).
"Every American should have a chance to see and experience their 'amazing' United States Air Force, the finest the world has ever known," said Brig. Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot, U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service commander. "Our new 'Do Something Amazing' tour allows Americans that opportunity. We're proud of Air Force members who do the amazing every day, so we're thrilled that the tour lets every American see their capabilities, technology, contributions and, most of all, their commitment, first hand."