Blue Angels will be a main attraction

Capt. Corrie Mays greets a small crowd of media after exiting the F/A 18 Blue Angel jet at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be one of the main attractions at the 2016 Air Show at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. The show is Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1. Admission and parking are free. (Dylan Ray photo)

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock brings the 2016 Air Show and will feature the world’s top aviation aerobatic team, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

The show runs from Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1, on the air station base. Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

This year’s show highlights Cherry Point’s 75th anniversary and promises to be the best show ever. 

The show starts Friday night as the sky lights up with afterburners, jet-assisted takeoffs, wingtip pyrotechnics, sky-diving demonstrations, a jet school bus blasting down the runway plus a crowd favorite: the wall of flame. The night ends with a fireworks show. 

The fun continues on Saturday and Sunday with full-day shows featuring both military and civilian aerobatic demonstrations. 

Participants will have the chance to get up close and personal with historic and modern aircraft displays, as well as military vehicles and equipment. 

The show will offer children’s activities, an outdoor recreational show and more. The air show narrator will walk participants through a Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration as air and ground Marine combat forces simulate an assault on enemy positions. A free, live concert will be performed on Saturday night by Jon Pardi.

The U.S. Blue Angels will perform the final acts both Saturday and Sunday. 

During the show, eventgoers can expect to see air performances by:

U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

F-35B Lightning II.

USAF F-22 Raptor.

USAF B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.

Royal Canadian Air Force CF18 Demo Team.

AV-8B Harrier.

F/A-18 Hornet.

Geico Skytypers.

N10VD Grumman OV-1 Mohawk.

Hubie Tolson Sukhoi SU31.

Lucas Oil Aerobatics S1-11B.

Lucas Oil Skydivers.

MiG-17F Jet Aerobatics.

Pitts S2S Wild Horse Aviation Inc.

USAF Heritage Flight P-51 Mustang.

PT-17 Stearman.

Trojan Horsemen T-28 Warbird Formation Aerobatic Demo Team.

Twin Beach 18.

There are also several on-the-ground attractions. Eventgoers can expect to see:

CAF Red Tails Squadron The Tuskegee Airmen.

The Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band.

AV-8B Harrier.

B-25 “Panchito.”

C-46 Tinkerbelle.

Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130J Hercules.

Budweiser Clydesdales.

Focke Wulf P149D.

Indy Boy’s Extreme Jet Vehicles.

Kid Zone featuring a variety of bouncy houses, large inflatable activities and two rock-climbing walls.

L39C “Albatros.”

Marine Air-Ground Task Force demo.

Military Aviation Museum’s Warbirds display.

Marine Color Guard.

N.C. National Guard AH-64 Longbow Apace.

N.C. Highway Patrol.

N.C. Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.

Vidant Medical Transportation.

U.S. Air Force displays.

U.S. Coast Guard displays.

U.S. Marine Corps displays.

U.S. Navy displays.

For more information on the 2016 Air Show, visit

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