Thunderbirds to Headline at Seymour Johnson AFB Air Show

Thunderbirds to Headline at Seymour Johnson AFB Air ShowThe Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro North Carolina will host an Air Show and open house on May 16th and 17th, with free admission to the public. The show, dubbed the ‘Wings Over Wayne Air Show’ is expected to draw in large crowds and will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial display team.

“This air show and open house will be one of the largest and most thrilling events North Carolina will experience in 2015,” says Colonel Mark Slocum, 4th Fighter Wing Commander.

Flying only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, the six-member Thunderbird squadron will exhibit the precision and capability of U.S. Air Force pilots as they fly in their F-16 Falcon aircraft.


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“Seymour Johnson has attracted an incredible array of aircraft and skilled pilots,” says Lt. Colonel James Ladd, Air Show Director and F-15E Strike Eagle pilot. “North Carolina will truly feature one of the world’s best air shows of 2015.” The last air show at Seymour Johnson in 2011 attracted over 175,000 visitors.

There will be much more than just the Thunderbirds to entertain the air show crowds however. The base’s own F-15E Strike Eagles will lead a combined arms demonstration package including the F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt, and HH-60 Pave Hawk, joined by the Black Daggers U.S. Army Special Operations Parachute Team from Fort Bragg.

Also flying in the airshow and on display will be:

The F-35A Lightning II; F-22 Raptor; C-17 Globemaster; C-5A Galaxy; E-3 Sentry AWACS; F/A 18 E/F Super Hornet; KC-135 Stratotanker; T-38 Talon; T-6A Texan; T-1A Jayhawk; CV-22 Osprey; AH-64 Apache; Seymour Johnson’s K-9 Security Force; The USAF Honor Guard Drill Team; Tora! Tora! Tora!, a re-creation of the attack on Pearl Harbor; the Indy Boys Jet School Bus with ground speeds exceeding 350 mph; Quick Silver P-51D Mustang; P-80 Shooting Star Acemaker; Matt Younkin’s Twin Beech 18; Jack Knutson’s Firebird Xtremes – EXTRA 300S; Kevin Coleman’s EXTRA 300SHP; Jacquie B’s EXTRA 300; Gene Soucy’s Grumman Biplane; Bill Stein’s Zivko Edge 540; Precision Exotics’ Lamborghini Gallardo vs. Ferrari F430; Andy ‘The Magic Man’ Segal; USO of North Carolina; NC State Highway Patrol’s Bell 407 Jet Ranger; Civil Air Patrol; Wayne County’s ‘Raven’ Helicopter; and the RV4 and RV-8/8A.

While the show is free, a small $5 admission gains access to a Kids’ Zone, filling the largest aircraft hangar on the base. Inside visitors will find more than 15 attractions for the entire day, including a 12-passenger Motion Simulator Ride, the Flex Flying Bungee Trampoline, Water Wars, Euro Balls, Bouncers and Slides, and Mobile Mountain.

Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. each day and food and beverages will be available for sale.

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