Enjoy the YouTube Preview of The 2013 Seymour Johnson Air Show!
By NCPressRelease.com, Robert B. Butler
SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. – Colonel Jeannie Leavitt, Base Commander and first female fighter pilot in the U.S., extends a public invitation to attend the Wings Over Wayne Air Show at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro. The air show will salute our service men and women around the globe, past and present. Leavitt plans to pay tribute to Operation Homecoming on its 40th anniversary, when POWs in North Vietnam were released from captivity.
Major Steven Bofferding, Air Show Director and F-15E pilot commented, “This biennial exhibition has attracted an incredible array of aircraft and skilled pilots. Seymour Johnson will truly feature one of the world’s best Air Shows of 2013.” The last air show in 2011 drew over 175,000 visitors from across the country.
Headlining the show will be the Blue Angels. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron consist of six F/A-18 Hornets and a C-130T Hercules named “Fat Albert.” Other exhibitions include the F-15E Strike Eagle; 4CE Formation Aerobatic Team; MV-22 Osprey; Black Daggers Special Forces Parachute Team (from Fort Bragg); F-22 Raptor; flyovers by the B-2 Bomber and F-35 Lightning; Lee Lauderback and his P51; F-18 demo from NAS; Indy Boys Jet School Bus; F-16, A-10, F-5, HH-60 Combined Arms Demonstration; and Patty Wagstaff, America’s 1st female National Aerobatic Champion. Air Boss for the day: George Cline. Announcer: Rob Reider. The final schedule for aerial and ground displays will be announced in the future.
This fascinating weekend of technological marvel, exploration, and family fun also includes music, autographs, exhibits, and precision ground performances. There will be a kid-zone, complete with huge jumping castles, bungee jumping, trampolines, flight simulators, rock climbing walls, and Euro Ball races. Food and beverages available on site.
Seymour Johnson AFB is home to the 4th Fighter Wing, consisting of 7,000 people and 95 multi-role F-15E Strike Eagles. The 4th Fighter Wing, formerly commanded by Chuck Yeager, is one of the largest wings in the USAF, and has a highly decorated history spanning nearly seven decades.
Air Show Dates: May 18 & 19, 2013 . Gates: Open at 8AM and close at 6:30PM each day. Admission and parking: Free. Location: Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, N.C.
Maj Steven Bofferding, Air Show Director, Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA, 919-722-3543, Steven.Bofferding@seymourjohnson.af.mil
Lt Keavy Rake, 4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, North Carolina, USA, 919-722-1030, Keavy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Seymour Johnson asks you consider helping restock the Salvation Army Food pantry by bringing canned good donations. A collection point will be at the entrance. Over the weekend, dreams will come true for children in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“Burst of Joy” photograph, family meeting POW, Associated Press, Sal Veder photographer
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