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The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" perform at the Fort Wayne Air Show in Fort Wayne, Indiana, June 7, 2019. Since 1953, the Thunderbirds team has served as America’s premier air demonstration squadron, entrusted with the vital mission to recruit, retain and inspire past, present and future Airmen.


Naval Air Station Oceana will host the 2019 Air Show, scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Sept. 21 and 22. The event is free, open to the public and designed to highlight the skills of aviators and provide an opportunity to connect the military and local community.

This year's featured flight demonstrations will be held by “America’s Ambassadors in Blue,” the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

Naval Air Station Oceana has partnered with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) to hold its fourth "STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) laboratory learning day" for local students during the Friday practice air show. This event is designed to teach students about modern technological advancements and their applications, especially within the military.

That same day, Sept. 20, the show will also be open to all military and dependents.

The next two days, Saturday and Sunday, will be the public's opportunity to see a variety of presentations from military aviators and civilian performers. Saturday's on-base event will be complemented with an evening performance from U.S. Fleet Forces Brass Band 'Uncharted Waters' at the Beach Blast celebration Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Neptune Park, on 31st Street, on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

Additional air show performances will include Geico Skytypers, Skip Stewart, Gene Soucy, John Klatt, Greg & Ashley Shelton, Black Daggers U.S. Army Parachute Team, Skydive Suffolk, Shockwave Jet Firetruck, Firewalkers Pyrotechnics, Virginia Patriot Guard Riders, Steve Myott (Uncle Sam on Stilts), and various performances of the F/A-18 Super Hornet.

The 2019 Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show is planned, set up and performed by Naval Air Station Oceana personnel, and requires the skills and knowledge of all Sailors stationed there. Thousands of hours are spent in making this the Navy's largest public outreach event.

Continued details about the event will be released in the coming months and posted on Naval Air Station Oceana's official Facebook page, and the Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show's official Facebook page,

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