BLUE ANGELS HEADLINING 2012 NAS OCEANA AIR SHOW PAGE 13 VOLUME 52 NO. 37
SERVING NAVAL AIR STATION OCEANA
INSIDEJET AIR SHOW SCHEDULE
..................PAGE 2 SECURITY INFO
..................PAGE 3 BRITISH RED DEVILS
................PAGE 4 DAN BUCHANAN
..................PAGE 5 JOHN MOHR
................PAGE 6 BILL LEFF
................PAGE 7 BLACK DIAMOND JET TEAM
................PAGE 8 OTTO THE HELICOPTER
................PAGE 10 KEVIN COLEMAN
................PAGE 11 UNCLE SAM
SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
DAM NECK ANNEX
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2012 NAS Oceana Air Show Schedule Friday, Sept. 14 Twilight Air Show 5 p.m. Gates open to the public 5:30 p.m. F/A-18C Legacy Hornet Demonstration U.S. Tailhook Legacy Flight Kevin Coleman Extra 300J U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight with F-16, F-4 6:50 p.m. Black Diamond Jet team John Mohr Stearman Dan Buchanan Hang Glider Bill Leff T-6 Texan British Red Devils Team Parachute Jump Bill Braack JetCar Otto the Helicopter with pilot Roger Buis 8:35 p.m. Super Hornet Afterburner Flyover 8:50 p.m. Fireworks Following the Twilight Show, the NAS Oceana Ofﬁcers’ Club will be open for visitors to enjoy a refreshing beverage in this legendary watering hole.
Saturday, Sept 15 8 a.m. Gates open to the public 10:05 a.m. Kevin Coleman Extra 300 Teaser Bill Leff with T-6 Texan Teaser Yak-9/L-39 F/A-18C Legacy Hornet Demonstration 11:10 a.m. Air Power Demonstration with mock airﬁeld attacks with Pyro National Anthem Flag Jump Fleet Flyby
Kevin Coleman Extra 300 Bill Braack Jet Car 12:20 p.m. Dan Buchanan Hang Glider Black Diamond Jet Team Bill Leff and the T6 Texan Red Devils Team Parachute Jump 1:35 p.m. U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight Otto the Helicopter with pilot Roger Buis 2:10 p.m. Flag Passing Ceremony F/A-18F Super Hornet Demo U.S. Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight John Mohr 3:00 p.m. Blue Angels
Saturday Evening Beach Blast 31st Street, Virginia Beach Oceanfront 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Beach Blast begins with a free concert. When the sun sets, the F/A18 Super Hornet from the “Sunliners” of VFA-81 will demonstrate an afterburner ﬂyover, immediately followed by the British Red Devils parachute jump onto the beach. Once the jumpers have been presented to the crowd, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will take the stage to introduce the 2012 Blue Angel team. Music and entertainment continues until the event’s conclusion at 10 p.m. Parking is available in the parking structure on the corner of 31st Street and Atlantic Avenue. — Please note that smoking is not permitted anywhere on the ﬂightline in the vicinity of aircraft, vendor tents or chalets
All times and performers subject to change
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Sunday, Sept. 16 8 a.m. Gates open to the public 10:05 a.m. Kevin Coleman Extra 300 Teaser Bill Leff with T-6 Texan Teaser Yak-9/L-39 F/A-18C Legacy Hornet Demonstration Air Power Demonstration with mock airﬁeld attacks with Pyro 11:40 a.m. National Anthem Flag Jump Fleet Flyby Kevin Coleman Extra 300 Bill Braack JetCar Dan Buchanan Hang Glider Black Diamond Jet Team 1:10 p.m. Bill Leff in the T-6 Texan Red Devils team jump U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight Otto the Helicopter with pilot Roger Buis 2:10 p.m. Flag Passing Ceremony F/A-18F Super Hornet demonstration U.S. Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight Fleet Air Power demonstration John Mohr 3:00 p.m. Blue Angels .
2012 NAS Oceana Air Show Souvenir Edition Editor Cathy Heimer
Photographic support NAS Oceana Public Affairs Kevin J. Graves Mike Lynaugh Photography
Graphic designer Kyle Raymer
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2012 Oceana Air Show Security Information •Picture IDs are required of all spectators, 17 years or older. •Guests without appropriate government decals/passes must remain in the air show event area or designated parking lots. •Do not leave pets in your car! Pets left in cars will be turned over to Virginia Beach Animal Control. •In order to keep possibly dangerous items outside the ﬂightline, ALL bags will be inspected as you come through ﬂightline entry points, and all individuals are subject to search.
The following items are NOT permitted on the ﬂightline and may be conﬁscated •Ice chests or coolers •Large bags (bags larger than a small purse or fanny pack), dufﬂe bags or briefcases •All weapons (regardless of permit) including ﬁrearms, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), walking sticks (except for handicap use) and all other items that the security force deems dangerous. Any conﬁscated items will not be returned. •Alcoholic beverages •Pets (other than service animals) •Glass containers •Bicycles, roller skates, roller blades or skateboards •All authorized items will be inspected prior to entering the ﬂightline. Oceana Security recommends that spectators minimize the number and size of authorized items they bring with them to reduce the time required for inspection prior to access into the ﬂightline area.
The following items are permitted •PCS/cellular phones, pagers and FRS transceivers (may be asked to turn off/on) •Handheld portable televisions, radios and scanners •Small fanny packs and purses •Cameras and camcorders (Owners may be required to open all compartments at Security checkpoints.) •Folding chairs and lawn chairs (Chairs in bags are subject to search.)
File photo by MC2(AW/SW) Sara Allison
Visitors should be prepared for security personnel to inspect large bags during the 2012 NAS Oceana Air Show. •Umbrellas and sunshades •Wheelchairs •Baby bags and strollers, if attending with an infant or small child (Strollers are not permitted in the grandstand area. Adjacent stroller parking is available.) Please bear in mind the NAS Oceana Air Show is a family-friendly event that all visitors, young and old, should be able to enjoy. With that in mind, we would sincerely appreciate it if guests would avoid clothing with vulgar or inappropriate language. Thank you for your cooperation in complying with the security regulations at NAS Oceana.
Bill Braack and the Smoke-n-Thunder JetCar One of the most riveting events at the NAS Oceana Air Show will be the moment when the Smoke-n-Thunder JetCar takes on a plane in a race to the ﬁnish line. Who is fastest by land or air? Accelerating from zero to almost 400 mph in just nine seconds, Smoke-n-Thunder is the fastest JetCar in the Air Show Industry. The JetCar driver Bill Braack is a 20-year veteran of the Air Force Reserve. He knows there is no room for error when handling a car that is equipped with a 10,000 horsepower engine. As a plane ﬂies in low and fast, Braack selects full afterburner and overtakes the plane in just seconds. Braack began drag racing in 1982 and three years later joined the Air Force and worked in aircraft maintenance. Longing to ﬂy, Braack obtained his pilot license in 1989 and begin ﬂying C-130s for the Air Force as a ﬂight engineer. Braack left active duty Air Force in 1991 and joined the Air Force Reserve, where he continued ﬂying as a ﬂight engineer on C-141s until retiring in 2005. Braack holds FAA ratings as a ﬂight engineer and pilot, logging more than 3,000 ﬂight hours. When not traveling the country and performing at air shows around the country, Braack lives in Silver Lake, Wash. with his wife Charlene and their four children.
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The British are coming! Red Devils dropping in at NAS Oceana Air Show In an ironic twist, some members of the British military will be helping the United States celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 when the “Red Devils” drop into the NAS Oceana Air Show. The Parachute Regiment Freefall Team, Red Devils, are the ofﬁcial parachute display team of both the Parachute Regiment (The Paras) and the British Army. The team’s role is to promote both the Parachute Regiment and the British Army in support of recruitment — achieved by carrying out more than 100 spectacular parachute displays at public events each year and by attracting positive publicity through the media. The team is manned by 20 serving soldiers from the Parachute Regiment’s three full-time battalions: 1, 2 and 3 Para. Every member of the team has served a minimum of three years in a parachute regiment battalion and has taken part in at least one operational tour of duty in either the Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and/or Iraq. As with the rest of the regiment, they wear a distinctive maroon beret. The distinctive maroon beret of the parachute regiment was ﬁrst worn by the men of the regiment when it went into action in North Africa in November 1942. The ofﬁcers and men of the 1st Parachute Brigade, wearing this beret, were nicknamed the “Red Devils,” bestowed by the enemy forces during ﬁerce ﬁghting in North Africa. The team was formed on Jan. 1, 1964 by Maj. Gen. Glyn Gilbert, who was then regimental colonel of the Parachute Regiment, when sport parachuting was in its infancy. Within airborne forces, most units had formed small freefall clubs. Parachute displays were relatively novel events, but were in increasing demand at both civilian and military shows, and so clearly, they had considerable recruiting potential. During the summer of 1963, Lt. Edward Gardener, Maj. John Weeks and Cpl. Sherdy Vatnsdal spent several evenings discussing the prospects of forming a full-time regimental display team. Gardener set to writing a paper on this subject which eventually led to Gilbert giving the venture his full support. On Jan. 1, 1964, Gardener assumed the appointment of ofﬁcer commanding the Parachute Regiment Free Fall Display Team (the name Red Devils came later) with a small ofﬁce in the regimental headquarters in Maida Bar-
racks Aldershot. His ﬁrst problems were recruiting a team, gaining equipment and obtaining display bookings. All three battalions provided differing levels of manning due to operational commitments and a 17-man team was formed. The provision of parachutes and other personal equipment was regrettably a simple problem. There were no funds available and no one was prepared to sponsor an unknown quantity. Team members therefore had to purchase their own kit. Jump platforms were provided by hiring the Army Parachute Association’s rapide or other civilian aircraft (again team members had to meet the costs) until Gilbert came up with the unprecedented idea that the team needed their own rapide. Funds were gathered as interest-free loans from the three battalions and by mid-June, the team had purchased their own fully overhauled aircraft brought back from Beirut. This original rapide was named “Valkyrie.” The aircraft was ﬂown then, as now by volunteer civilian and military pilots, with the assistance of Maj. Peter Cockroft of RHQ Para. Around 50 displays were booked between May and October 1964, of which around 30 were completed. All fees went towards paying the aircraft purchase loans, but by the end of 1964, the free fall team was truly established. In following years, the team cemented a lasting bond with the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army’s parachute team. The Golden Knights were instrumental in the team’s early success by providing training for 15 members at Fort Bragg, N.C. They made a total of 508 jumps and gained invaluable experience from world champion instructors. They also managed to broker the purchase of new team kit from the Golden Knights and so became the best equipped team in the UK. In 1979, the Red Devils were ofﬁcially declared the British Army’s parachute display team. Today, the team is two display teams of 10 men, each with a cameraman who records each performance.
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Dan Buchanan Dan Buchanan was a New York and Connecticut home builder and ďŹ‚at-track motorcycle racer before moving to Lake Tahoe, Calif., where he enjoyed the thrill of ďŹ‚ying off mountain tops. He was getting his private pilotâ€™s license when in 1981, he suffered a spinal injury while landing a hang glider in bad weather that he shouldnâ€™t have even been ďŹ‚ying in. Losing his ability to walk, he returned to college to pursue a career in mechanical engineering, landing him in Silicon Valley, Calif. Despite this new handicap, Buchanan returned to the thrill of ďŹ‚ying within six months, and since then his tenacity and adventurous spirit has allowed him to accrue more than 2,900 hours of ďŹ‚ight time in hang gliders and sailplanes. Completing both his private and commercial pilotâ€™s licenses as a wheelchair user, his motorless recreational ďŹ‚ights are typically three to six hours long, thermal soaring as high as 18,000 feet over the western deserts and mountains. After his ďŹ rst air show performance at Medford, Ore.
in 1989, his appearances increased each year, and now he shares his thrill of ďŹ‚ight with millions of people around the world during his annual 25+ city air show tour, driving more than 45,000 miles each summer. Performing principally across North America, his international venues have included Australia (eight times), Japan, Thailand, El Salvador, the United Arab Emirates, Canada and Mexico. Buchanan is also a federally and state licensed pyrotechnician, trained by Hollywood effects professionals. He installs, wires and sequences all of the special effects on the fabric wing himself. He is also a commercial glider pilot, enjoying sailplane aerobatics and giving glider rides to friends at Minden, Nev. when not on the air show tour. Buchanan owns â€œSky Sailingâ€? in Warner Springs, Calif., whose school has one of the few â€œhand controlâ€? equipped sailplanes in the U.S. Some of his other adventurous passions include highspeed long distance desert riding and racing on ATVs, ďŹ‚atwater river kayaking and scuba diving on wrecks and in caves. When asked why he ďŹ‚ies, Buchananâ€™s usual smiling response is, â€œI have to ďŹ‚y... I canâ€™t walk!â€?
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John Mohr John Mohr with Mohr Barnstorming has generated a great deal of excitement throughout the United States and Canada. Mohr and his crew have ﬂown at more than 390 air shows with more than 1,000 performances. Mohr, who has more than 25,000 ﬂying hours, currently ﬂies in the 1943 Stock Stearman PT-17 and the Piaggio Royal P.136-LI. Taught by his father, he has been ﬂying since age 5 and soloed at age 14. He is the recipient of both the “Bill Barber Award for Showmanship” and the “Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award” (2000). He and his wife, Lyn, are from Minnesota, where family tales of his Grandfather Fred (who knew Lindbergh) barnstorming across the Midwest after World War I, and his father, Bob, motivating and teaching him to ﬂy at the early age of 5, destined Mohr to be the aviator he is today. You won’t believe what he can make that Stearman do! Anyone who has seen Mohr ﬂy his Stearman will attest my act is unique to that. When he does a slow roll, followed by a snap and different. I do on takeoff, he gets the crowd’s attention. Mohr does not have an inverted oil and fuel system, which adds to the some things with excitement when he holds the aircraft inverted too long, and the engine coughs and blasts a fireball out my Stock Stearman of the exhaust stack which is long enough to reach the that I wouldn’t dare tail. do in a 450. The old-timers who learned in Stearmans appreciate what Mohr does with his. They know how heavy handling the aircraft can be, and especially enjoy the “Falling Leaf ” maneuver that isn’t seen much in air shows anymore. To execute the “Falling Leaf,” Mohr stalls the plane as if he was about to enter a spin, and applies rudder as it breaks off. Just as the wing drops, Mohr recovers with opposite rudder and neutral elevator, followed immediately by opposite rudder and full up elevator, until it breaks the other way. He repeats the maneuver over and over, faster and faster, so as to simulate a falling leaf. Mohr ﬁrst built and ﬂew his ﬁrst helicopter at age 17 and has built numerous aircraft since then. He successfully executed the ﬁrst aerial transfer of a person from an airplane to a helicopter in 1993. The incredible air show act featured Mohr, who actually landed his Enstrom helicopter on the top wing of his Stearman, owned by Mohr, but was ﬂown by either Bryan Bourn or Dave Simonson, while stuntman Royce Baar climbed out of the front cockpit and grabs hold of the helicopter skid. Mohr then lifted Baar from the cockpit and landed him safely in front of the air show crowd. Putting the helicopter into the show happened quite by accident. Mohr was giving rides at an air show and the show was short of acts due to bad weather. They asked Mohr to do a demo with the helicopter and people really enjoyed it. It took several years to reﬁne the aerial transfer routine. When asked why he doesn’t put a 450 horsepower Pratt & Whitney engine on his Stearman, which is a common practice among air show performers, he said, “then I would be like everyone else, and my act is unique and different. I do some things with my Stock Stearman that I wouldn’t dare do in a 450.” Mohr’s explanation for the success of Mohr Barnstorming, which he owns with Lyn, is simple: “We found a niche in the industry that enabled us to turn our passion into a profession.” He is currently a commercial airline pilot, a helicopter pilot and collector of vintage planes. Even though he is a captain, check airman and FAA designated examiner for a major airline, half of his 25,000 hours come from light airplanes and helicopters.
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Bill Leff Bill Leff has ﬂown a wide variety of aircraft since earning his pilot’s license at age 15 in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio, which as the hometown of the Wright Brothers, is considered the birthplace of aviation. He has served as helicopter crew chief in the National Guard, worked as both a corporate and instructor pilot, among other jobs in the aviation industry. He went on to obtain his instrument, multi-engine, single-engine sea and airline transport rating to go with his single-engine land, glider and ﬂight instructor ratings. Since then, he has obtained Beechcraft 300, Cessna Citation, Learjet, Westwind, Saberliner, DC-3 and DC-9 type ratings. He is also an airframe and powerplant mechanic with FAA inspection authorization certiﬁcation. Leff ’s aviation career includes more than 30 years of corporate ﬂying, several years as president of an internationally-known corporate aircraft maintenance company and ﬂight instructor for Trans World Airlines.
Leff has ﬂown more than 170 different types of aircraft, from warbirds to airline transport aircraft and has well over 20,000 hours of ﬂying time, including more than 4,000 hours in the T-6. Leff purchased and authentically restored his T-6 Texan in 1975. His Texan was manufactured in 1943 as an AT-6C and saw service with the Army Air Forces at Victoria Army Airﬁeld at Victoria, Texas. In 1951, the plane was “re-manufactured” as a T-6G and ﬁrst assigned to Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas and then Malden AFB in Missouri. It was used as a trainer until 1955, when it was retired from service to make way for a new era of ﬂight training that prepared pilots to ﬂy jet aircraft. In 1959, the plane was sold as surplus for $771.11. This T-6 was restored to its original Korean Conﬂict military conﬁguration with the help of the Air Force Orientation Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Leff ’s hometown of Dayton. Leff has made improvements to the air-
craft to accommodate its new job as an air show plane. These improvements include an inverted oil system, modern radio and navigational systems for long cross-country ﬂights, a smoke system and of course, special equipment for the Starﬁre Night Skyshow. Leff has been in the air show business since 1976 and developed the Starﬁre Night Skyshow act in 1989, which he will again bring to Twilight Show on Friday, Sept. 14. A regular performer at Oceana for many years, during an interview two years ago at
the air show, Leff immediately listed several reasons he returns to perform here year after year. “This is the greatest air show in the country! You’ve got jets, you’ve got Navy jets. It’s just cool,” he laughed. “On top of that, the air show is just so well organized; the facility is so nice and so well managed. The enlisted people and ofﬁcers here take such good care of you. Everybody knows what they’re supposed to do and where they’re supposed to do it,” he added.
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We want to hear your story! The ship renowned worldwide for being the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the eighth in a long line of ships to carry the name, is nearing its final return to homeport Norfolk. To commemorate this monumental occasion, Military Newspapers of Virginia and The Flagship want to reflect on the ship’s years of history in a special supplement that will be given out to family, friends and its biggest history buffs during the ships final Hooyah.
Email your very best sea story, memory, or photo with the subject line ENTERPRISE DECOMMISSIONING by Oct. 8, 2012 to news@ flagshipnews.com, or mail it to: The Flagship | 1510 Gilbert Street | Norfolk, VA 23511-2737. Don’t forget to include your rate, rank, name, and years served aboard Enterprise. Please help us send off this historical legend with a Fair Winds and Following Seas!
Black Diamond Jet Team As the headline act for more than 20 show sites and with more than 65 performances per year, the Black Diamond Jet Team, formerly known as the Heavy Metal Jet Team, delivers thrilling air show excitement. The performance features a combination of precision formation acrobatics performed in our ﬁve arctic camouﬂage L-39s as well as high-speed, high performance maneuvers performed by our two opposing Mig-17 ﬁghters. At times, all aircraft come together to demonstrate formation ﬂying at its ﬁnest. The pilots demonstrate unbelievable skill as they maneuver the aircraft only inches apart from each other.
Black Diamond Jet Team •Team Lead (L-39) Lt. Col. Jerry Kerby, U.S. Air Force retired •Right Wing (L-39) Jared Isaacman •Left Wing (L-39) Doug Demko •Slot (L-39) Maj. Sean Gustafson, U.S. Air Force Reserve •Dynamic (L-39) Maj. John Baum, U.S. Air Force •Lead Solo (MiG-17) Capt. Dale Snodgrass, U.S. Navy retired •Opposing Solo (MiG-17) Cmdr. Mike Eberhardt, U.S. Navy retired •Alternate Solo/Slot Lt. Col. Mike Smith, U.S. Air Force retired
Aircraft ﬂown •Aero L-39 Albatros -- The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance jet trainer aircraft developed in Czechoslovakia to meet requirements for a “C-39” during the 1960s to replace the L-29 Delfín. It was the ﬁrst of the second-generation jet trainers, and the ﬁrst turbofan-powered trainer produced, and was later updated as the L-59 Super Albatros and as the L-139 (prototype L-39 with engine Garrett TFE731). The design is still produced in an evolved state as the L-159 ALCA; more than 2,800 L-39s have served with over 30 air forces around the world. The Albatros — the most widely used jet trainer in the world — is versatile, seeing duty in light-attack missions as well as in basic and advanced pilot training. •Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 — The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 is a high-subsonic ﬁghter aircraft produced in the USSR from 1952 and operated by numerous air forces in many variants. Most MiG-17 variants cannot carry air-to-air missiles, but shot down many aircraft with its cannons. It is an advanced development of the very similar appearing MiG15 of the Korean War, and was used as an effective threat against supersonic ﬁghters of the United States in the Vietnam War. It was also brieﬂy known as the “Type 38,” by U.S. Air Force designation prior to the development of NATO codes.
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If you enjoyed the Air Show ďŹ‚ying during the day and want to continue the fun, make a trip to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Saturday night, Sept. 15 for the annual â€œBeach Blast,â€? on the beach at the 31st Street, adjacent to the Hilton Virginia Beach. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a free concert. When the sun sets, there will be a Super Hornet afterburner ďŹ‚yover to kick-off the ofďŹ cial portion of the show, immediately followed by a team parachute jump onto the beach. Once the jumpers have been presented to the crowd, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, will take the stage to introduce the 2012 Blue Angel team. Music and entertainment will be provided until the eventâ€™s conclusion at 10 p.m. This is a free event and parking is available in the parking structure on the corner of 31st Street and Atlantic Avenue.
Safety information All visitors to the NAS Oceana Air Show should keep in mind that everyoneâ€™s safety is the primary concern of the show organizers. Remember the following important safety tips: â€˘Uniformed security personnel are there to help. Follow all instructions from uniformed security personnel. â€˘Very few things on the Oceana ďŹ‚ightline are soft to the touch; most things are made of metal and have a lot of edges on them. Keep your eyes focused in the direction youâ€™re walking and be aware of low-hanging (and ďŹ‚ying!) aircraft components. â€˘Medical personnel are on call to render assistance to anyone that requires it. Notify any uniformed security person or air show worker if you or any member of your group requires medical attention. â€˘Call 433-3103 for emergency assistance if needed.
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Called the “Mickey Mouse” of the air show circuit, Otto the Helicopter’s 20-minute, highly choreographed, solo routine includes unusual “heli-batics” and lots of backward ﬂight, concluding with a patriotic tribute to veterans and homeland heroes. During his air show comedy act, pilot Roger Buis uses Otto like a 75-pound yo-yo, blows bubbles, barrel races like a horse and does aerobatics “Otto-style” to mimic the airplanes. Otto also ﬂies a night time, patriotic, lights and pyro show, set to Celtic music. Buis, who is Otto’s pilot, has been ﬂying since 1980, when he began his career as an Army aviator. Buis ﬁrst soloed in the Hughes TH-55 Osage, predecessor to the Schweizer 300C, which is what Otto the Helicopter is. Buis also ﬂies the Bell 206/206 L, the Bell Jet Ranger and Long Ranger, the Bell 407 and the Eurocopter Twin Star. Buis also ﬂies airplanes and ﬁxed-wing aircraft. Like many pilots, Buis started ﬂying in the Cessna 150, 152 and 172. He also ﬂies multi-engine and Citation jet aircraft. For fun, he obtained his seaplane ratings. Flying helicopters has given him the opportunity to do all kinds of ﬂying from offshore in the oil industry, to ﬁreﬁghting, search and rescue, forestry, environmental protection, sight seeing, air charter, real estate surveying, power and pipeline patrol, television, movie and advertising photography and ﬂight instruction. He is among the few pilots in the world who has towed a sailplane or glider with a helicopter.With more than 17,500 ﬂight hours and still logging, Buis is truly inspiration in his in-the-box, low-level, choreographed performance.
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Kevin Coleman At just 21 years old, Kevin Coleman is the rest of the 2003 Stars Of Tomorhas already made a name for himself in row team. Coleman took great pride the air show business. Coleman, who is in crewing at every show, helping out one of the youngest air show stars in the with cleaning the airplane and keeping world, is a second generation pilot and it ready for every ﬂight. Through these second generation air show performer. experiences, Coleman gained the friendAs a kid growing up in the air show busi- ship and respect of many of today’s greatness, he loved watching his father per- est air show performers, including Sean form.And a few years later,he was watch- D.Tucker, Bill Stein and Michael Goulian. ing his older brother perform.As soon as Coleman’s ﬁrst two seasons were wildColeman was ly successful. able to walk, Not only did he was helpColeman litering out around ally ﬂy shows the hangar from coast-towith the aircoast in his planes. When ﬁrst year on you watch the circuit, he Coleman perwas featured forming in the at many of the sky, it is clear most prestithat ﬂying aergious venues Photos courtesy of kevincolemanaerosports.com obatics is a part of in the country. his DNA. The shows Coleman performed at inAt the young age of 10, Coleman start- clude Barksdale Air Force Base Air Show, ed taking aerobatic lessons in the family Rhode Island National Guard Open decathlon from air show legend Marion House and Air Show, Vectren Dayton Air Cole. Coleman quickly became fascinat- Show and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. ed with aerobatic ﬂight and he started For 2012, Coleman is ﬂying his Extra taking lessons as often as he could. Cole 300SHP. This extraordinary airplane has became Coleman’s friend and ﬂight in- allowed him to “think outside the box” structor.As Cole’s student, Coleman ﬂew to come up with many new and invenhis ﬁrst solo on his 16th birthday, and he tive maneuvers. earned his private pilot’s license on his Coleman is a full time college student 17th birthday. at Louisiana Tech University, where he In his early teens, Coleman was trav- is pursuing a degree in business and eling the country crewing at air shows aviation. He enjoys balancing his college for his brother, Wyche T. Coleman, and studies with his air show career.
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Twilight Show The 2012 NAS Oceana Air Show ofﬁcially kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday Sept. 14 with the stunning Twilight Air Show. Don’t miss dazzling sunset and nighttime aerial performances and blazing pyrotechnics. During the twilight portion of the show, you’ll see a military tactical demonstration by Oceana F/A-18 Hornets. When the sun sets, you’ll be thrilled by heart-stopping night-time displays by Otto the Helicopter, Dan Buchanan, Bill Leff, the Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car and the British Red Devils jump team. Admission and parking are free and gates open at 5 p.m. When the show ends, make sure you stop by the NAS Oceana Ofﬁcers’ Club to enjoy a refreshing beverage in this legendary watering hole.
Rich’s Incredible Pyro Rich and Dee Gibson travel all over the world “blowing things up.” Photos by Mike Lynaugh
Spectators to the Twilight Show will enjoy an aerial ballet in the sky by Otto the Helicopter and pilot Roger Buis. Just when it appears to be over — the grand ﬁnale of ﬁreworks will light up the entire ﬂightline.
After the sun sets, Bill Leff will bring his Starﬁre Night Skyshow to the skies over Oceana with 15 minutes of spectacular night aerobatics with special computer-controlled lighting and ﬁrework effects on the plane.
When Rich Gibson was 8 years old, he asked his mother if there was anything in the medicine cabinet that could blow up. She told him, “Of course not!” Within 30 minutes, he proved she was wrong. Later, he experimented with new formulas in his dad’s chemistry lab in their basement. This inquisitiveness has grown over the years, and Gibson is still trying new and different ideas with explosives, marking Rich’s Incredible Pyro as the leader in air show pyrotechnics. Gibson and his wife, Dee, travel all over the world “blowing things up.” Both pyrotechnicians received formal training with explosives in the U.S. Army. Rich served a tour in Vietnam, putting his skills to work with the 101st Airborne Division. Dee, a retired Army major, helped blast rock in Honduras while building roads between small villages. Both state that safety is the main element in their setup. After 30 years, no spectator, crew member, or volunteer has been hurt or injured. Working with high explosives and
gasoline is a very dangerous business, but Rich and Dee continually eliminate as many risks as possible with their vast knowledge, training and wealth of experience. Using a carefully controlled mixture of dynamite, gasoline and other explosives, Rich and Dee and their crew will create special effects to simulate an air attack on the airﬁeld. They will work closely with the pilots, airﬁeld ofﬁcials and announcer to choreograph a truly realistic bombing display, where you will surely “feel the heat.” For 30 years, Rich owned and operated an air taxi business, ﬂying everything from J-3 Piper Cubs to Falcon Jets for the U.S. government and private industry. He has accumulated more than 10,000 hours of ﬂight time. Dee has enjoyed ﬂying small aircraft, retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of service, and recently retired from teaching in Rockford, Ill. They met while skydiving 32 years ago, and each has logged more than 700 skydives. They travel together on their Harley Davidson bikes whenever they can, and enjoy travelling to the far corners of the globe to see new places and meet new people. When they decided to get married, Rich promised Dee that she would “never be bored” while married to him. She certainly hasn’t with this lifestyle!
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Blue Angels The Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron The mission of the Blue Angels is to enhance Navy recruiting, and credibly represent Navy and Marine Corps aviation to the United States and its armed forces to America and other countries as international ambassadors of good will. A Blue Angels ﬂight demonstration exhibits choreographed reﬁnements of skills possessed by all naval aviators. The Blue Angels’ C-130, affectionately known as “Fat Albert,” begins each demonstration by exhibiting its maximum performance capabilities during a 10 minute performance. Shortly thereafter, you will see the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-jet Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of its two solo pilots. Finally, the team illustrates the pinnacle of precision ﬂying, performing maneuvers locked as a unit in the renowned, six-jet Delta Formation. The team is stationed at Forrest Sherman Field, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., during the show season. However, the squadron spends January through March training pilots and new team members at Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif. The Blue Angels are scheduled to ﬂy 69 air shows at 35 air show sites in North America during the 2012 season, as the team celebrates our 26th year of ﬂying the F/A-18 Hornet. Last season, more than 11 million spectators watched the Blue Angels perform. Since its inception in 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for more than 484 million fans.
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At A Glance Stationed at Forrest Sherman Field, Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla. Trains new pilots at Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif. Scheduled to fly 69 air shows at 35 air sites in North America in the 2012 season.
The Blue Angels maintenance and support crew travel aboard a Marine Corps C-130 Hercules aircraft, affectionately known as “Fat Albert.” The C-130 is a tactical transport aircraft built by Lockheed Martin and is ﬂown by an all-Marine crew consisting of three pilots and ﬁve enlisted air crew. First integrated into the team in 1970, Fat Albert now ﬂies more than 100,000 miles each season carrying 45 maintenance and support personnel, along with the specialized equipment needed to complete a successful air show. Every show week, Fat Albert deFat Albert parts Pensacola in advance of the demonstration jets to prepare for At A Glance their arrival at each show site. The A Marine Corps C-130 Blue Angels could not perform Hercules aircraft that without this versatile aircraft. carries 45 maintenance and support crew for In addition to providing logistiThe Blue Angels cal support for the team, Fat Albert opens the show by displaying the Also performs flight tactical ﬂight characteristics of the demonstrations C-130 aircraft. Fat Albert begins the ﬂight demonstration with a Weighs 155,000 lbs. fully loaded and can low-transition takeoff maximumcruise at speeds effort climb, sending the Hercules approx. 370 MPH. skyward at a 45-degree nose-up attitude to an altitude of 1000 feet, simulating conditions in a hostile combat environment. The C-130 concludes its proﬁle by demonstrating its maximumeffort braking capability, bringing the aircraft to a full stop in less than 1,000 feet. Fat Albert weighs 155,000 pounds fully loaded, is powered by four Rolls-Royce turbo-prop engines, producing more than 18,000 shaft horsepower and cruises at speeds of more than 320 knots (approximately 370 miles per hour), at altitudes as high as 35,000 feet. Fat Albert was designed as a tactical transport aircraft capable of lifting heavy payloads into and out of unimproved airstrips as short as 2,500 feet long. Additionally, Marine Corps KC-130s provide aerial delivery and in-ﬂight refueling of jet, helicopter and tilt rotor aircraft in support of world-wide military operations.
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Uncle Sam Every year, the most popular performances at the NAS Oceana Air Show are not just by the fascinating aircraft, but also from the man who is a symbol and an icon of United States of America, Uncle Sam. While walking the ﬂightline on his homemade six-foot stilts, Steve Myott from Westﬁeld Vt., has made people look up and smile for the past nine years during his performance at the NAS Oceana Air Show. “I really enjoy performing at events like this, “said Myott. “I love what Uncle Sam stands for and the image he portrays. Whether you are a child, an adult, a Democrat or Republican, when you see Uncle Sam, you are simply just proud to be an American. It’s such a powerful feeling for me to be able to represent this country in such a warm way and make people smile at the same time.” Myott started his theatrical career in 1980 while working in a theater company in Vermont. He started by volunteering to be an extra in plays or a ﬁll-in for someone when they weren’t able to perform. He eventually took his love for theater and education and pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. From there, he was hired to teach theater at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. Back in Vermont, he now teaches theater-oriented work-
shops to college students and teachers who want to incorporate theater and art into their learning plan. Myott’s ﬁrst act as Uncle Sam was in 1992, when he was asked to perform in the Washington D.C. 4th of July parade. “I was amazed of the crowd’s reaction to “Uncle Sam on stilts,” he said. “People really seemed to enjoy the performance and I’ve been asked to perform in that parade ever since.” He has performed in events such as air shows, sporting events, schools and many parades and has also appeared on the Today Show. Myott has been featured in two movies,” I Know What You Did Last Summer,” and “Bolden.” Among all of his performances throughout the years, the most memorable for Myott was performing at President Clinton’s inauguration. “I remember I was walking down Pennsylvania Avenue while he was being sworn in. There were crowds of people everywhere and the energy and the pride of each and every person was just amazing. It actually brought tears to my eyes,” he said. “I don’t look at this as a job,” he said. “There is no better reward than to see how a man in a costume on six-foot stilts can spread so much patriotism around to people everywhere.”
This story by MC2(AW/SW) Sara Allison originally ran in the Sept. 23, 2010 Jet Observer. Photo by MC1(SW/AW) Tim Comerford
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F/A-18F Super Hornet Heritage Flight
The U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight (HF) program presents the evolution of USAF air power by ﬂying today’s state-ofthe-art ﬁghter aircraft in close formation with vintage ﬁghter aircraft. An HF performance involves a current USAF ﬁghter piloted by an Air Combat Command trained military HF pilot and ﬂown with a historical warbird piloted by a trained and certiﬁed civilian HF pilot. The HF formations of modern ﬁghters ﬂying with World War II, Korean, and Vietnam era ﬁghters such as the P-51 Mustang and F-86 Sabre, dramatically display the U.S. Air Force air power history and proudly support the Air Force’s recruiting and retention efforts. This year’s USAF Heritage ﬂight pairs the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-4 Phantom.
The Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration, or “Tac Demo” is rapidly becoming world renowned as an awesome display of thrilling high-speed, high “G” maneuvers, coupled with heart-stopping slowspeed performance. The crew from the VFA-106 “Gladiators” will ﬂy the two-seat strike ﬁghter as close to the “edge of the envelope” as safely possible, while amazing even the most experienced aviators. The Tac Demo highlights the incredible power and grace of the Super Hornet, affectionately known as the “Rhino.”
Photos by Mike Lynaugh
The F/A-18C Hornet has been a mainstay of the Navy’s tactical striking power since the mid-1980s. The Hornet Tac Demo combines eye-watering quickness and agility with remarkable slow-speed handling performance in an aerial demonstration that will thrill and amaze you. The single-seat strike ﬁghter was one of the ﬁrst true multi-use weapons platforms in the Navy and was designed to replace the F-4 Phantom ﬁghter and the A-7 Corsair II strike aircraft. It is now the standard ﬁghter in the Navy and Marine Corps, and also ﬂown by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team.
Air Power Demo
Watch as Oceana-based strike ﬁghter aircraft demonstrate the maneuvers and tactics used to deliver air-to-ground weapons in real-world combat operations. F/A-18C Hornets from the “Gladiators” of VFA-106 and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets from the “Sunliners” of VFA-81 will ﬁll the skies and crisscross in front of the crowd and they aggressively maneuver for simulated weapons delivery solutions. Twisting and turning to get “pipper on,” these intrepid aviators will prove they’ve got “the right stuff” to deliver diplomacy, 500 pounds at a time!
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Rob Reider is proud to be the voice of the most prestigious aerial events and to take the excitement of ďŹ‚ight right to the hearts of millions of people each year. He brings an immense amount of experience and knowledge to the stage of air shows. Reider announced his ďŹ rst air show in 1978 and by 2006, air show announcing had become his full-time occupation. His 2012 schedule is taking him to 24 shows, making him one of the busiest and most sought-after announcers in North America. He is working at shows from Maine to California, including Floridaâ€™s â€œSun â€˜n Fun,â€? where heâ€™s now the chairman of the announcing team, and EAAâ€™s â€œAirventureâ€? in Oshkosh, Wis. All of his entertainment, show business, video, and aviation experience have given him the ability to communicate the excitement of air shows to the audience. â€œIâ€™ve never gotten over just how amazing air show performers are,â€? Reider said on his website. â€œNarrating a show is a wonderful opportunity to try to put an audience â€˜into the cockpit.â€™ Besides, when Iâ€™m announcing, I have the best seat in the house.â€? During his tenure, Reider has racked up an amazing number of accomplishments: â€˘Announced at 135 air shows in the last six years â€˘Recipient of the coveted International Council of Air Shows â€œSword of Excellence,â€? the highest honor an air show professional can receive â€˘Narrator consultant/coach for the Navy Blue Angels, the Army Golden Knights, and the Air Force ACC demonstration teams â€˘Honorary Blue Angel â€” one of only 47 honorees in the 66-year history of the team â€˘Honorary Golden Knight â€˘Winner of ďŹ ve Emmy Awards during his 13-year career on live television â€˘For 25 years, he has been the on-camera host and voice of the award-winning Sportyâ€™s Pilot Shop pilot training videos â€˘Is the announcersâ€™ chairman at Sun â€˜n Fun and on the announcerâ€™s team at Air-
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Venture â€˘And heâ€™s been a pilot since 1982. â€˘His talent has been recognized by Discovery Networks â€” Reider was chosen to be the voice of the 3Net Oceana Air Show 3D television program which premiered in March of last year. While still a college student in Cincinnati, Reider began work as a singer and cohost of a live, daily talk-variety show that was broadcast in four cities in the Midwest. In 1979, his television work took him to the Dayton Air Show and he immediately became a volunteer. By 1990, Reider was the â€œcolor announcer,â€? working with award-winning announcers Bill Bordeleau and Danny Clisham. He learned from the best in the business. Reider began to work on the â€œair show circuitâ€? and has been a member of the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) for 15 years. ICAS has also recognized his talent by asking him to be the master of ceremonies for the ďŹ nal night convention â€œChairmanâ€™s Banquetâ€? for 12 of the last 13 years.
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U.S. Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight The Tailhook Legacy Flight is a dynamic ﬂight demonstration program designed to keep Naval Aviation’s ties to its proud heritage alive and viable. Under this program, vintage warbirds from Naval Aviation’s past are ﬂown alongside the high-tech weaponry representative of present day Navy carrier aviation. It is through these unique formation ﬂight demonstrations that the Navy hopes to provide inspiration for the men and women who currently serve, while attracting the best and brightest of our next generation of young Americans to join the future ranks of Naval Aviation. PHOTO: The 2010 Legacy ﬂight with a Super Hornet and Corsair. This year, NAS Oceana will present the U.S. Navy Tailhook Legacy ﬂight with the SB2C Helldiver.
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Dan McLaren has been providing professional air show sound and communications fulltime, for more than 24 years. In 1988, Molson Breweries of Canada was organizing an air show program, including a state-of-the-art support vehicle that would tour North America. Inside the unit were a VIP lounge area and a mobile sound system that was capable of handling large outdoor events. McLaren applied for the position with the Molson Canadian Air Show Tour, was accepted and managed the program until it ended in 1993. At the start of the 1994 season, he purchased the sound equipment from Molson and formed Mach 1 Productions. McLaren obtained his pilot license at the Brampton Flying Club in 1992. Since obtaining his license, he has been able to ﬂy with various performers to get a ﬁrst-hand feel of air show performing. Flying aircraft such as the Extra 300, DC-3 and Russian L-39 jet, has given him an even greater appreciation for aviation and the air show performer. He has ﬂown in the aircraft with the U.S.Army Golden Knights,Canadian Skyhawks,
British Red Devils and U.S. Navy SEAL parachute teams and watched, from a totally different perspective, their precision displays. He was made an honorary member of the Canadian Forces Skyhawks ParachuteTeam by the commanding ofﬁcer of the Canadian Airborne Center. This was followed by an appointment to the position of honorary colonel in the Rhode Island National Guard. Most recently, McLaren was appointed as a member of the Honorary Snowbirds Society by a panel of former Snowbird team leaders.The Snowbirds are Canada’s world famous military air demonstration team. In August 2001, after a long association with the unit, McLaren became an associate member of the 419th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron. He is a long time member of the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS), serving on their Board of Directors from 2001 until 2012. Dan was the Chairman of the Board for the 2010-2011 Season. He is also a life member and past president of the North East Council of Air Shows (NECAS).
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Upcoming base events open to the public FLEET WEEK CHILI COOK-OFF being held at Dam Neck By Cathy Heimer Jet Observer For visitors who enjoyed the opportunity to see a local naval installation during this weekend’s NAS Oceana Air Show, another opportunity to visit a Navy base and enjoy another family-friendly event is just around the corner. The annual Fleet Week Chili Cook-off, being held at Dam Neck Annex this year, takes place Oct. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is open to the general public. The long-standing tradition offers some of the best testing chili on the East Coast with more than 20 military teams cooking for top honors. This year’s event coincides with the 237th birthday of the U.S. Navy, which falls on Oct. 13. Admission and parking are free for the chili cook-off, although there will be small charge for the chili samples. Although conﬂicts with schedules at the Oceana’s Main Gate Park and other Fleet Week Hampton Roads events meant moving the location, NAS Oceana Commanding Ofﬁcer Capt. Bob Geis felt strongly he should host the chili cookoff again this year. “This has been a great event traditionally held at Oceana and we would like to continue to show our support to the public and have the public enjoy Dam Neck Annex,” said Geis. “It’s a great event, it’s a fantastic venue,” said Geis. “We will provide the same access [to the public] as we have at the Main Gate Park.” The chili cook-off will be held at the Fairwinds Softball Park, ﬁeld 1, across from Navy Federal on Dam Neck. The new venue is a roomy location for the teams and offers a picnic area for visitors to sit and enjoy their chili samples, along with a playground for children. “It’s a highly-desired location,” said Geis. The chili cook-off is being sponsored by the Jet Observer, the ofﬁcial Navy newspaper of NAS Oceana, Dam Neck Annex and NALF Fentress. “We’re excited to once again support our troops and their families by sponsoring this year’s Chili Cook-off,” said Laura Baxter, publisher and general manager of Military Newspapers of Virginia, which publishes the
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Jet Observer and The Flagship, among other newspapers. “The chili cook-off is part of Fleet Week here in Hampton Roads. It’s a long-standing tradition,” said Baxter, who is very enthusiastic about again sponsoring this year’s Fleet Week Chili Cook-off. “If you want to taste some great chili, you need to head out to see us. As a previous judge, I can tell you it’s extremely hard to choose which team has the best chili. That’s why I’m glad we give out eight awards and almost $2,000 in prize money,” she said. Commands wanting to earn some extra money for their MWR funds have the perfect opportunity with the chili cookoff. The best tasting and most original chili will earn $300 for ﬁrst, $200 for second and $100 File photo by MC1(AW/SW) Edward Fagg for third place; the big dipper During the annual Fleet Week Chili Cook-off , Oct. 13 at Dam Neck Annex, teams are award for the most samples sold encouraged to be creative with their booths and costumes such as this one, whose will earn $300 and the team with theme was “Roadkill Chili.” the most showmanship can take home a prize of $200. There is of samples long before the competition formally ended. no charge to enter the competition. Each team will provide a quart of chili for the panel of 10 With the event taking place near Halloween, teams in pre- judges to begin sampling at 1 p.m. The winners will be anvious years have gotten into the season with everything from nounced near the end of the event. the ghoulish spirit of the month to “Roadkill Chili,” mak“There’s always a great smorgasbord of ﬂavors,” said Geis, ing the competition for the showmanship award as ﬁerce as who has served as a judge for several of the competitions. the competition for the best chili. “It’s a great opportunity for Stews over the years have included secret ingredients of venihealthy competition,” said Geis about the command teams son, unique varieties of tomatoes and spices, chocolate and which compete year after year. “mystery meats.” For the teams with early risers, the cooking area opens at In addition to all the chili samples, MWR will offer rea6:30 a.m. but teams are only allowed a maximum of four sonably-priced concessions on site. There will also be a large hours to cook up their own special stews and nearly everything children’s area with fun contests, inﬂatables and more. must be cooked at the site. The exceptions can be mixing and Geis urged everyone to plan to attend the Fleet Week Chili grinding of spices and canned or bottle tomatoes or pepper Cook-off at Dam Neck Annex. “This is good family fun, great sauces. While each team needs to bring their own cooking food and it’s fun to be a part of it.” items, such as pots and pans, they will receive a $200 gift card For more information on the cook-off and to register for the to Farm Fresh to purchase all of their ingredients. Baxter urges competition, visit www.militarynews.com/chili. For questions teams to use every dollar of those gift cards to stock up on or more information, contact Deany Dormer at 446-2149 or ingredients, mentioning how in past years, teams have run out email email@example.com.
If you love a bargain or are trying to downsize, don’t miss the semi-annual ﬂea market coming next weekend.The event takes place Sept. 22 at the Oceana Main Gate Park, Sept. 22, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To reserve a space,leave message at 433-2193 or call 567-2020,from 9 a.m.to 9 p.m.only. The ﬂea market is open to the public. The event is sponsored by Navy Wives Clubs of America, Princess Anne Chapter 143.The club also runs the thrift shop on Oceana and donates their proceeds back to community organizations which assist military and civilians.
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Flag passing ceremony In keeping with the theme of the 2012 NAS Oceana Air Show, “Our Flag was Still There,” a ﬂag passing ceremony will be held on both Saturday and Sunday. Accompanied by the reading of “Old Glory,” the moving ceremony is a tradition in the Navy at retirements and other patriotic military ceremonies. Shown is the ﬂag passing during a retirement at NAS Oceana last month. Photo by MC3 Antonio Turretto Ramos
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Make sure you have your cameras ready for this signature Oceana Air Show event. The sky will darken when this “aluminum overcast” passes over the crowd as locally-based squadrons show their colors. The number and type of aircraft that participate is different every year, so you’ll just have to wait and see how loud the “sound of freedom” will be!
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When the kids are ready to take a break from watching the aircraft overhead, there are plenty of activities to keep them busy during the entire NAS Oceana Air Show. Back by popular demand will be Kids Fest with an assortment of activities, inﬂatables and specialty rides. The cost of $10 for one child, $18 for two, $25 for three, $30 for four and $35 for ﬁve, includes unlimited access to eight inﬂatable; additional costs for specialty rides, such as the bungee trampoline, water logs, rock wall, spider mountain slide and rope climb.
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