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75 Years of History Observed at MCAS Cherry Point

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Over the last weekend in April 2016, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, located in the town of Havelock, North Carolina, offered their 75th Anniversary Air Show. Three quarters of a century is a long time, especially since powered flight was initiated fewer than four decades earlier than the base’s beginnings. There were quite a number of historic planes displayed at the show, and other more modern aircraft wore special colors that commemorated more events that occurred while MCAS Cherry Point has been in operation. The local area has a number of restored jets on display that have flown from Cherry Point’s runways too. Here’s a review of many of the interesting sights and sounds seen during the three day event.

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2016 Air Power Over Hampton Roads Air Show

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Langley Air Show 2016, Celebrating One Hundred Years of Air Power over Hampton, VA

2016 marked the 100th anniversary of Langley Field. To commemorate a century of Langley’s history, Joint Base Langley-Eustis hosted an open house on April 22-24 at Langley Air Force Base, kicking off a series of year-long events throughout the historically-rich Hampton Roads, VA area.

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In 1915, at the onset of World War I, Congress established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) for the purpose of, “Supervising and directing the scientific study of the problems of flight with a view to their practical solution.” A site was then needed to carry out the necessary aeronautical research, aviation experiments and flight testing. The military was attracted to the Hampton Roads, VA area which featured unobstructed open flat lands, next to water (Back River) and close to the U.S. Army’s Fort Monroe. On December 30, 1916, the federal government was convinced to make its first area land purchase of 1,650 acres. The airfield built there by the Army Air Service and NACA was named for American military aviation pioneer Samuel Pierpont Langley. Langley Field was one of the earliest military bases in America specifically built for air power.

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The 2016 Los Angeles County Air Show

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The Los Angeles County Airshow sprang back to life on March 19th and 20th at William J. Fox Field in Lancaster, California. Lancaster is approximately 75 miles north of Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert and is home to numerous aviation records, as well as the iconic Edwards Air Force Base, NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, and the Mojave Air and Space Port.

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The show’s theme this year was in honor of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Headlined by the United States Navy Demonstration Team, the ‘Blue Angels’, and their famous support aircraft ‘Fat Albert’, the show also had many World War Two-era aircraft from the Texas Flying Legends, the Planes of Fame Air Museum, and the famed ‘Tora Tora Tora’ act. This year’s civilian aerobatic performers included Skip Stewart, the Third Strike Wing-Walkers, Kent Pietsch, Melissa Pemberton, and the Shockwave Jet Truck. NASA brought their TR-1, and the Air Force brought an F-16 from Edwards AFB by for a few passes each.

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Luke Days, 2016

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In 1941, Luke Field opened with the mission of training the finest fighter pilots in the world. Now called the “Home of the Fighter Pilot”, Luke continues to instill upon the next generation of Air Force Airman the required skills to “Fly, Fight and Win”. Seventy-five years later, at Luke Air Force Base, in Glendale, Arizona, over 100,000 people gathered to honor the last three quarters of a century of tradition, strength and excellence.

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