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Air Show Seymour Johnson - May 18 & 19, 2013

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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 1973, during its 40th anniversary, when North Vietnam released

American POWs 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; the 4CE Formation Aerobatic Team; the 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 P-51; 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 is: George Cline. Announcer: Rob Reider. More

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 and the 916 Air

Refueling 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.

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Air Show is Canceled

For Immediate Release

Seymour Johnson Cancels Air Show - Congressional Uncertainty

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. - The 2013 Wings Over Wayne Open House

and Air Show, scheduled for May 18-19, has been cancelled.

Driven by the dual threat of operating under a continuing resolution and

potential sequestration, U.S. Air Force leadership at all levels are

proactively implementing near-term actions to minimize impacts to Air Force

personnel while protecting operational readiness.

"Our decision to cease planning for the 2013 air show comes after careful

review and consideration of the fiscal challenges the Air Force, the

Department of Defense and our nation face," said Col. Jeannie Leavitt, 4th

Fighter Wing commander. "We're taking prudent measures and doing our best to

mitigate our budget risks and align available resources with current and

emerging operational requirements. Remaining as mission-ready as possible

and preserving our combat capability is our imperative and we're

prioritizing spending to ensure this priority is met."

For more than 55 years, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base has enjoyed

unparalleled community support from Wayne County, Goldsboro and the

surrounding communities, which made this decision difficult.

For more information, call the 4th FW Public Affairs office at (919)


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