Base To Hold Open House, Air Show This Weekend

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST–Local residents in central and southern New Jersey may notice additional aircraft-related noise throughout the area through Sunday.

The aircraft, including high-performance fighter aircraft, are practicing and participating in the 2012 Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Open House and Air Show. The event will be celebrating more than 95 years of defending our nation’s air, land and sea.

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

The world-renowned Air Force Thunderbirds flying team will rip through joint base airspace in their trademark F-16s, performing the most daring maneuvers known to man. The Golden Knights, the U.S. Army’s premier parachute team, will awe the audience with death-defying stunts and acrobatics. The Marine Air/Ground Task Force assault demonstration, which includes F-18s, CH-53, and Cobras with pyro, will rock the flight line with large explosives as part of a simulated assault. The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City will also showcase their ability in a hoisting demonstration.

Base officials want to reassure residents the additional aircraft are part of the scheduled open house and are not a cause for concern.

The last open house to be held at the installation was in 2008. This year’s event is JB MDL’s first open house and air show since it became a joint base in 2009.

Nearly 40 historic and current static aircraft will be displayed during the event – 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 visitor’s viewing pleasure.

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