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.

Some previous warbird attendees of the Andrews Armed Force’s Day air show celebrations (NOT NECESSARILY FOR THIS UPCOMING SHOW)


A few decades ago, the air shows at Andrews AFB were filled with a wide variety of retired and restored former military aircraft – from all Branches of the Armed Forces. These studies in military history joined a wide range of active military and civilian aircraft on the huge ramp in Maryland. Most of the yearly shows were presented during Armed Forces Day weekend in May, but a few years ago, the dates changed to a weekend in September, and went to a biennial (every other year) event too.


Some of this year’s performers…


The big news about this year’s event is that it returns to the month of May, on the weekend of the 11th and 12th, and both the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds will be performing at the same shows. Rare are the venues where both of the military’s jet teams perform together… and it has happened before at Andrews, when a major event – such as a special celebration or other historic milestone had been reached. Besides the two teams, other performers include the Air Force A-10 flight demonstration and the Army’s Golden Knights. Warbirds scheduled to fly include the B-25 “Panchito”, “The Class of ’45” Mustang and Corsair, an Air Force Heritage Flight, and other military and civilian aerobatic performers. Here is a link to the show’s web site: https://legendsinflight.org/


May 11th and 12th of 2019 are sure to be filled with loud and exciting flying in the Maryland skies near the Nation’s Capital. Photorecon.net, ClassicWarbirds.net and CivilAviationWorld.com will have teams covering many aspects of this show, so if you can’t get to the event, you’ll still see what Joint Base Andrews’ Air and Space Expo has turned into over the years.

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