Wings Over Wayne Airshow


Wings Over Wayne Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Airshow

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38 919.735.3320 306 Fedelon Trail Goldsboro 919.778.7500 2722 Graves Dr. Goldsboro 919.359.2211 2900 US 70 East Clayton 919.934.8757 804 N. Brightleaf Blvd. Smithfield RAM RENT ALL Weddings • Birthday Parties • Corporate Events Home Improvement Equipment Serving Wayne & Surrounding Counties Rental Needs for Over 20 Years! 4DCT0415D© Thank You With Great Appreciation & Admiration We Express Our Gratitude To The Brave Men & Women At SJAFB & All Those Who Bravely Serve In Our Great Military mission of Seymour Johnson Field. At the end of WWII in Europe, Seymour Johnson was designated as a central assembly station for process- ing and training troops being reassigned in the con- tinental United States and Pacific theater of operations. This function was discontin- ued in September 1945 and the field became an Army- Air Force Separation Center. Seymour Johnson Field was deactivated in May 1946. In late 1952, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers arrived and demolished old buildings and began con- struction of new ones. Led by Goldsboro Mayor Scott B. Berkeley Sr., local communi- ty leaders began a campaign to have the installation reopened. The efforts were successful, and on April 1, 1956, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was reactivated as a Tactical Air Command base. Three months later, the 83rd Fighter-Day Wing was assigned to the base as the primary unit. The 4th Fighter Wing replaced the 83rd on Dec. 8, 1957. Since reopening, the base has been home to B-52 bombers, KC-10 and KC-135 tankers from Strategic Air Command and F-4 and F-16 fighters from the Michigan Air National Guard. Seymour Johnson AFB was annexed by the city of Goldsboro on Feb. 7, 1977. Construction of a minimum- security federal prison facili- ty was completed in 1991. Inmates at the facility sup- plement the work force, helping to maintain the base grounds. Continued from 8 History Sage's history with the Wings of Blue contributed to the decision for the parachute team to perform demonstrations at the air show, said. Tech. Sgt. John Shortell III, with the Air Force parachute team, based at the academy near Colorado Springs, Colo. "The base commander is a former member of the Wings of Blue," Shortell said. "It is always awesome to reconnect with former members." The demonstrations are also prom- ised to deliver, and may include per- formances during opening cere- monies, depending on final air show scheduling plans. "We are honored and excited to perform at the Wings Over Wayne Air Show," Shortell said. "People can expect to see an awesome display of airmanship through skydiving. "They will see the precision and teamwork our United States Air Force thrives upon displayed by our jumpers." The demonstration team planned in Goldsboro includes 12 to 15 mem- bers, including seven to eight jumpers — one enlisted jump mas- ter, one tandem master and a combi- nation of cadets, officers, including the squadron commander, and enlist- ed members. The demonstrations are planned each day of the air show, at 10 a.m., and can be best viewed near the flight line on the installation, Shortell said. Typically, the team jumps from a DHC-6 Twin Otter, a high-winged passenger and cargo aircraft, at an altitude of 10,000 feet, depending on the cloud level. A different aircraft may be used during the May demon- strations, Shortell said. Some of the jumps Wings of Blue are known for are canopy wars where two jumpers spiral around each other under a canopy, barber poles and/or bomb bursts, which include streams of yellow or red smoke. The history of the Wings of Blue dates back to the spring of 1962 when a band of bootleg jumpers made their first parachute jumps as cadets in the Colorado area. Competitions were typical during the Continued from 26 Wings of Blue See WINGS OF BLUE, Page 39

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