Air Show fans, mark your calendars. Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana will host the 2017 Air Show on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17. The event is designed to highlight naval aviation and brings together the Hampton Roads community by providing a bridge between military and civilian families and also provides an educational experience for attendees, especially local elementary school students.
Recognizing the need to highlight career fields in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to America’s youth, NAS Oceana partnered with the Virginia Beach City Public School (VBCPS) System to create a one-of-a-kind “STEM Laboratory,” which debuted last year at the 2016 Air Show.
The outdoor STEM laboratory was considered so successful, NAS Oceana and VBCPS plan to incorporate the STEM laboratory into this year’s air show as well, making enhancements and providing access to more hands-on displays.
During the Friday practice air show, NAS Oceana will again host every Virginia Beach fifth grade class, approximately 5,000 students, allowing them to watch performers and participate in the STEM laboratory, learning about and interacting with examples of modern technological advancements and their applications in today’s world including the military and NASA. That same day, Sept. 15, the show is also open to military and dependents.
The next two days will be open to the public; visitors will witness the expertise and skills of the Navy’s aviators and the precision and power of their aircraft. In addition to numerous Navy fleet aircraft, there will performers such as the Navy’s own Blue Angels, the Geico Skytypers, Shockwave Jet Truck, Black Daggers jump team, and Skydive Suffolk. The on-base event is complemented by a Saturday evening performance and Beach Blast celebration at Neptune Park on the Virginia Beach boardwalk on 31st Street.
The NAS Oceana air show is planned, set up, and performed by numerous Oceana Navy personnel, requiring the knowledge, skills, and professionalism of all Sailors stationed at NAS Oceana. Thousands of hours of manpower and dedication are put into making the most popular air show nationwide. The event gives service members a way to give back to the local community and its members, thanking them for their continued support of the military, its installations and the military families that live in and around the Hampton Roads area.
This Year’s NAS Oceana air show is designed to be an event not to be missed. Continued details about the event will be released in the coming months and posted on Naval Air Station Oceana’s official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OceanaAirShow, don’t forget to like us, and follow us on Facebook for updates.