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Wings Over Wayne Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Airshow

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37 passion for aviation. When an air show requests having a Heritage Flight, a demo team along with a pilot and warbird are assigned to the event. "The first fighter jet will do their demon- stration, which lasts about 25 minutes, and then they link up in the air and they do a couple of flat passes and all the loops and barrel rolls and stuff like that. It's beautiful," Miss Mount said. The flyover demonstration is a representation of history, she said. "It's just a beautiful display of the current stealth fighters that we've got with our active military, also showing the history from back in the war," she said. "Each one of these warbirds are really amazing his- torical aircraft. People are interested in it and we love using it for recruitment purposes. "It's just an awesome display that you don't see anywhere else in any other performances." The organization has six warbirds in its fleet — the P-38 Lightning, P-40 Warhawk, P-47 Thunderbolt, P- 51 Mustang, F-86 Sabre and A-1 Skyraider. Seymour Johnson expects to feature the P-51 Mustang along with the F-22 Raptor and the A-10 Thunderbolt, nicknamed "Warthog," Olde said. "The P-51 was one of the primary fighters for the Army Air Corps during World War II," he explained. He agreed with the assessment about the impres- sive visual created by the divergent multi-eras repre- sented in the Heritage Flight — two modern fighters and a warbird. "The narrator will speak to the significance of the airplane as it's getting ready to fly by," he explained, calling the slow pass one spectators won't want to miss. "They'll be around 300 feet coming in and kind of bank up so that the crowd that's watching can get a good shot of the three air- craft. They'll do a couple of those passes." Beyond the impressive skills of the pilots navigating their respective planes, though, Olde pointed out the study in contrasts that make the Heritage Flight so unforgettable. "I think the neatest thing about it and the thing I would like for people to focus on, when this happens it's almost commonplace but when you think about it, the P-51 was designed in the late '30s, early '40s," he said. "Aircraft that was built 70 years ago, flying next to the most advanced aircraft in the world and next to the A-10, probably a legend in its own right — (for) the search and rescue role from the mid-80's — just to see the generational gap, it's no small feat. "And then the skill of the pilot — (the P-51) its maximum speed is like the Raptor's min speed." Doc Heidicker, base historian, will add to the atmosphere through his remarks tying in how all this relates to Seymour Johnson's 4th Fighter Wing histo- ry. "We're really excited about it," Olde said, adding, "We're working on a special 75th anniversary of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson and working to get a 4th Fighter Wing flyover during the air show." The addition of that to the schedule has yet to be determined, he said, but the hope is to put together as many fighter aircraft as possible that have been flown during the 4th Fighter Wing history. A time for the Heritage Flight has also not been confirmed, but Olde said he expects it will take place Saturday afternoon between 1 and 2:30 p.m. After the demonstration concludes, Heritage Flight pilots also plan to hang out and sign autographs, especially for the younger spectators, he said. "They're really looking for the young kids and children, to inspire that next generation," he said. Continued from 27 Heritage Flight

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