The 2008 NAS Oceana Air Show

September 18, 2008 by  
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Airplane lovers will be thrilled and excited at this year’s NAS Oceana Air Show. The air show is proudly presented by the men and women working at Naval Air Station Oceana and takes place almost every year. The 2008 NAS Oceana Air Show promises to be bigger and better than ever!

2008 marks the 50th NAS Oceana Air Show and organizers are doing their best to ensure that this year’s show is something extra special. An incredible line-up of performers will be exhibiting their unique blend of talents in the sky, while the ground will be filled with stunning static displays that will keep you busy for hours. Already 25 brilliant aerial performers have been booked to participate in NAS Oceana’s Golden Anniversary. These include the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, aerobatic aviator Mike Goulian, aerobatic Olympic medalist Patty Wagstaff, expert showmanship pilot John Mohr, Bill Leff with his gleaming Starfire day and night shows, sailplane enthusiast Manfred Radius and sky writing team the Geico Skywriters. Other noteworthy spectacles will be performed by the British Red Devils, the Blackwater Worldwide Jump Team, Rich Gibson’s Incredibly Pyro and Rob Reider. Of course there will be no shortage of high-tech aircraft and fans can expect to see F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets, the F-22 Raptor, the E-2C Hawkeye and other spectacular aircraft.

Each service department has been invited to participate in the static display at the airshow and if they all accept their invites, there’ll be an incredible wealth of aircraft on display. The US Navy has so far accepted invites to display the C-12 Huron, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the T-45 Goshawk. The US Marines have agreed to show off their V-22A Osprey, EA-6B Prowler and CH-46, while the US Air Force will be displaying a B-52 Stratofortress, C-130 Hercules, KC-135 Stratotanker, T-38 Talon, Civil Air Patrol and quite possibly an F-16 Fighting Falcon. The US Army has agreed to add a CH-47 Chinook to the static display and so far the Coast Guard has yet to reply to the invitations.

A number of non-aircraft static displays will also be available, such as the Navy Riverine Boat Display or the US Navy Environmental Outreach display. A variety of aircraft from the Canadian forces and civilian collections will also be visible on the static display. Clearly this is not something that should be missed out on! The NAS Oceana Air Show will be taking place from September 19 to 21, getting underway on Friday at 17:30 and concluding after a great night of music and entertainment on Sunday at 22:00.

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