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Wings over Wayne Air Show attracts record crowd

(Robert B. Butler photo)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB, Wayne County - A record 230,000 people attended the Wings Over Wayne Air Show, which was held May 20-21 at Seymour Johson Air Force Base in Goldsboro.

A press release stated it was the biggest crowd to see the biennial event. This year's edition kicked off the 75th anniversary celebration f the 4th Fighter Wing and the birth of military aviation in our state. The free, two-day event featured more than 20 aerial displays, including demonstrations by the headlining U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, the US Army Special Forces Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team, the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demonstration Team, and a 4th Fighter Wing 75th anniversary historical review flight featuring the P-51D Mustang, the F-86 Sabre, and the F-15E Strike Eagle.

In addition to the aerial acts the 4th Security Forces Squadron provided military working dog demonstrations, set up a Combat Arms Team weapons display, and the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard performed with precision for the crowds. More than 35 static display aircraft were parked on the ramp. Wings Over Wayne is held in odd-numbered years. The base's next air show is scheduled in May 2019.

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