Military Base Open House Offers Chance To See Fighter Jets In Action

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST — Attendees of the 2012 Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Open House and Air Show will witness aerial performances demonstrating our military’s joint warfighting capabilities.

The open house – which is free and open to the public – is scheduled for May 12 and 13.

Headlining the event is the world-renowned Air Force Thunderbirds, who will rip through joint base airspace in their trademark F-16s, performing the most daring maneuvers known to man.

The U.S. Army’s premier parachute team, the Golden Knights, will also be on hand to awe the audience with death-defying stunts and acrobatics.

The joint base’s own air assets will also be on display during the show. Members of Marine Aircraft Group 49 will perform a task force demonstration that includes F-18 Hornets, CH-47 Chinooks and CH-53 Sea Stallions.

“This is a demonstration of the combined arms techniques that our Marines use every single day in combat,” said Capt. Andrew Sandoe, MAG 49 assistant operations officer.

The demonstration will combine the use of the Marine’s aircraft while coordinating with a ground assault team in a simulated combat assault with pyrotechnics display.

“We’re talking multiple fighter jets, helicopter gunships and special operations all working together. Bringing all of that power planning to bear on one landing zone in a half-hour block makes for some very elegant violence,” said Sandoe.

The 305th Air Mobility Wing and the 108th Wing will showcase their aerial capabilities with a dissimilar formation with a C-17 Globemaster III, KC-10 Extender and a KC-135 Stratotanker.

The U.S. Coast Guard will demonstrate their air rescue capabilities with a medical-evacuation hoist demonstration. Members of USCG Air Station, Atlantic City, N.J. will showcase their search and rescue capabilities by deploying rescue swimmers from a MH-65D Dolphin helicopters, to simulate rescuing a downed pilot.

“We want people to see us as that fifth branch of the military helping out our sister services,” said Lt. Jay Kircher of the USCG team.

The coast guard team will also be on hand to provide attendees information about boat safety.

A total of 13 aerial performers will entertain the crowd during the two-day event. Forty historic and current static aircraft will be displayed on the base’s flightline–Bell UH-1 Iroquois, C-5 Galaxy, FedEx Airbus A300 and T-1A Jayhawk. Many of history’s most-storied aircraft, as well as, today’s cutting-edge platforms will be on display for visitors’ viewing pleasure.

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