Air show to take flight this weekend

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GOLDSBORO— Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the fourth Fighter Wing and military aviation in North Carolina, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will open its gates to the public for the biennial Wings Over Wayne County Air Show this weekend.

Headlining the air show will be The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s premier aerial demonstration team, performing a myriad of precise formations and maneuvers in six distinctive blue and yellow F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. Soaring at speeds of 120 to 700 mph, pilots will exhibit their extensive training and aircraft capability through a variety of extreme passes, rolls, tight turns, opposing passes, inverted flying, belly-to-belly flight, wingtip-to-wingtip formations, and the famous Diamond and Delta configurations.

“Wings Over Wayne is the top air show on the East Coast,” said air show director Maj. Matthew R. Olde. “We’re looking forward to opening our doors and showcasing our air power and base with everyone.”

In 2015, the air show at Seymour Johnson AFB attracted over 220,000 spectators featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

The Wings Over Wayne family-friendly weekend includes a 20,000 square feet Kids’ Zone, occupying one of the largest aircraft hangars on the base. A $5 admission charge covers access to more than 15 attractions for the entire day, among them the Blue Angel Aircraft Carrier Slide, the 36-foot Turbo Shuttle Slide, Space Camp Combo, Adventures in Aviation, Extreme Air Power Jump, a 52-foot obstacle course, and a lot more.

Seymour Johnson AFB gates will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There will be free water distribution sites located throughout the flight line. Food, beverages and souvenirs will be available for purchase. Admission and parking are free. Day passes for the Kids’ Zone are $5.

For the full schedule of events, visit wwww.wingsoverwayneairshow.com.