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Legends In Flight – The 2019 Joint Base Andrews Airshow Preview and a Look Back

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“Legends In Flight” is the theme for the 2019 Air and Space Expo at Joint Base Andrews, just off of the Capital Beltway in Camp Springs, Maryland. Andrews serves the Washington DC area, and is where the Air Force’s 89th Airlift Wing – operator of the “Air Force One” and other Special Mission Airlift aircraft of the US Air Force, is based.

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D-Day Squadron to Make Epic Trans-Atlantic Crossing in May

An amazing recreation of World War II transport operations will be assembled in Connecticut in just a few weeks. The D-Day Squadron is the American contingent of a larger anniversary commemoration in Great Britain and France, to be held during early June, 2019 – exactly seventy-five years from the dates of the great military parachute operation that started the Allied landings on European soil. The following information about the operation, and is verbatim from the D-Day Squadron organizers:

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U.S. Navy’s Legacy Hornets Retire With A Sundown Celebration

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On Friday February 1, 2019 a rare sundown had occurred at 1303 hours at the U.S. Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base, Naval Air Station Oceana. This sundown had not come early because this was for the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18C ‘Legacy’ Hornet and this event was over 40 years in the making. As of this day, no longer will the Navy deploy or use this aircraft in combat. The ‘Legacy’ Hornet will remain in U.S. Naval service with one reserve VFA squadron, one Naval Reserve Fighter Composite Squadron (VFC-12), the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron (the Blue Angels) and the Naval Aviation Warfighting Developmental Center, but its days of front line service with the U.S. Navy have now passed.

The ‘Legacy’ Hornet sundown occurred as the Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron Three Four (VFA-34) the ‘Blue Blasters’, U.S. Navy Commander Will ‘Fathead’ Mathis shut the engines down on F/A-18C , MODEX 434 / Buno 165399 for the final time.

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Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler Sunset and VMAQ-2 Deactivation

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On Friday, March 8th, 2019, the United States Marine Corps said farewell to the venerable Grumman EA-6B Prowler and the last squadron to fly it, VMAQ-2, ‘The Death Jesters”. This was truly an end of two eras.

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