Thunderbirds, Strike Eagle Team at air show

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 15, 2011

GOLDSBORO — Seymour Johnson Air Force Base will host “Wings Over Wayne County” April 16-17.
The air show will feature what military officials called in a press release a “rare assembly of aerial and ground attractions” including the Air Force Thunderbirds, Seymour Johnson’s F15-E Strike Eagle Team, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, the F-22 Raptor, Tora Tora Tora WWII reenactment, the MIG 17, F-4, A-10, P-51, “and many more technological marvels for a fascinating weekend of family exploration and fun.”
The show will also feature a combined arms demonstration with a synchronized pyrotechnic display involving air and ground forces from each service in a combat search and rescue scenario that typifies missions troops face every day during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, the press release said.
Music stars Aaron Tippin and Tracy Lawrence will perform in concert at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Former American Idol contestant Victoria Huggins of Lumberton will sing the national anthem and Miss North Carolina Adrienne Core will be available for photographs and autographs available.
The largest hangar on the ramp will be dedicated to an elaborate and entertaining kid-zone. Activities will span the entire interior complete with huge jumping castles, bungee jumping, trampolines, flight simulators, rock climbing walls, and Euro Ball races.
Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. each day. Admission and parking are free.
A collection point for canned food donations to the Salvation Army food pantry will be at the entrance.