2019 Ocean City Air Show Kicks Off Today

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the 12th annual edition of the Ocean City Air Show on June 15-16, 2019 featuring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds! The USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team will perform along with a wide variety of military and civilian demo teams.

Saturday, June 15

National Anthem – Flag Jump
C-5M Super Galaxy
Panchito B-25 Bomber Flight
Matt Chapman in the Embry Riddle 330LX
USCG Search and Rescue Demo
Canadian Forces Snowbirds
Quicksilver P-51 Mustang Demo by Scott Yoak
USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team
Air Force Heritage Flight
SOCOM Para-Commandos Jump Team
UH-72A Lakota
A-10 Warthogs
U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Sunday, June 16

National Anthem – Flag Jump
C-5M Super Galaxy
USCG Search and Rescue Demo
Panchito B-25 Bomber Flight
Canadian Forces Snowbirds
Matt Chapman in the Embry Riddle 330LX
USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team
Air Force Heritage Flight
Quicksilver P-51 Mustang Demo by Scott Yoak
SOCOM Para-Commandos Jump Team
UH-72A Lakota
A-10 Warthogs
U.S. Navy Blue Angels

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Navy Blue Angels to highlight OC Air Show

A Blue Angel Talks OC Air Show and Flying

OC Air Show Performers Fly Into Delmarva

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. – On Thursday, OC Air Show pilots and their planes flew into the Wallops Flight Facility to begin practicing for the weekend events.

On Saturday and Sunday the beaches of Ocean City will be filled with people looking up at the planes overhead.

“Each and every year we try to put on the best show possible because we know the fans here expect that,” OC Air Show Director of Public Relations Chris Dirato said.

The 12th annual event is expected to bring in thousands of people, so Dirato recomme

nds getting to the 17th street area as early as possible to get a good spot.  He explains that new performers like the Canadian Snowbirds will be showing off their talents this year, as well as the popular Navy Blue Angels.

The Blue Angels already started practicing their demonstrations on Thursday to make sure everything was safe and ready to go.

“Basically we’re doing a sight survey of the air space and finding all of our check points and finding any obstacles and making sure, first and foremost that the operation is safe,” Flight Leader Eric Doyle said.

The weekend fun will be a nostalgic moment for Blue Angels Mass Communications Specialist Ian Cotter.

“I grew up in Delaware and we spent a lot of time driving down to Ocean City for the summertime. May have caught a couple of airshows in those years so it’s really cool to be a part of the actual air show and a part of the Blue Angels and come back to Ocean City,” Cotter said.

Dirato says all branches of the military will be represented during the flight shows, so it will be a very patriotic display at the beaches this weekend.

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OC Air Show 2019: U.S. Navy Blue Angels, F-16 Viper Demo Team prepare

Smyrna run raises $40,000 for Kuss memorial maintenance

Five hundred and thirty-seven runners and walkers participated in Smyrna’s first Top Gun Night Run 6K race, raising more than $40,000 for continuing maintenance of the Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial.

The Kuss Memorial is named for the Blue Angels pilot who died in an airplane crash on June 2, 2016, during practice for the Great Tennessee Air Show.

The race started at the Smyrna Event Center and finished at the Kuss Memorial in Lee Victory Park. Awards for the overall winner and for age and gender groups reflected the Top Gun and Blue Angels theme.

The run followed a six-kilometer route instead of the traditional 5-kilometers to honor Kuss’ Blue Angels Tail-Number Six.

The F/A-18 C Hornet aircraft, the centerpiece of the Kuss Memorial, is on permanent loan to the Town of Smyrna from the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola. One of the conditions of the permanent loan is that the memorial must be maintained by the town.

In the next few years, the Hornet will need a paint job at a cost of between $15,000 and $20,000.

One eye-catching runner was U.S. flag waving Smyrna resident Randy Woodward, running with his wife, Susan.

Randy is a combat wounded veteran and a Navy SeaBee who was injured on a deployment in 2005 when his vehicle struck an improvised mine. With running a key component in his recovery, Randy vowed to carry his American flag — a pole-mounted five by eight flag — in a race in every state. Susan said Randy has participated in 12 marathons in the past year and has carried the flag in 16 states.

The other runners allowed him to stand at the front of the pack at the starting gate during pre-race Pledge of Allegiance.

The overall winner of the Top Gun Night Run was

Cory Gibson, 30, of Hendersonville was the overall winner with a time of 24 minutes, 59 seconds. His mother, Candace Gibson, won her age division, and his father, Mark Gibson, came in third in his age division.

Andrea Hall of Nashville was the overall female winner at 30:08.

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OC Air Show 2019: The full schedule of aerial thrills

The OC Air Show will deliver all kinds of aerial thrills when it returns to Ocean City on June 15-16.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the show, and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team will also perform, along with a wide variety of military and civilian demo teams.

The OC Air Show flight performances will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, centered at 16th street on the Boardwalk. The sequence of flight performances is as follows:

Saturday, June 15

National Anthem – Flag Jump

C-5M Super Galaxy

Panchito B-25 Bomber Flight

Matt Chapman in the Embry Riddle 330LX

USCG Search and Rescue Demo

Canadian Forces Snowbirds

Quicksilver P-51 Mustang Demo by Scott Yoak

USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team

Air Force Heritage Flight

SOCOM Para-Commandos Jump Team

UH-72A Lakota

A-10 Warthogs

U.S. Navy Blue Angels

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Sunday, June 16

National Anthem – Flag Jump

C-5M Super Galaxy

USCG Search and Rescue Demo

Panchito B-25 Bomber Flight

Canadian Forces Snowbirds

Matt Chapman in the Embry Riddle 330LX

USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team

Air Force Heritage Flight

Quicksilver P-51 Mustang Demo by Scott Yoak

SOCOM Para-Commandos Jump Team

UH-72A Lakota

A-10 Warthogs

U.S. Navy Blue Angels

If you go:

12th annual OC Air Show

When: June 15 to 16; noon to 4 p.m.

Where: 14th Street to 17th Street, Ocean City

Cost: Free; separate pricing for VIP Penthouse, Drop Zone and Flight Line, prices range from $14 to $400.

Info: https://ocairshow.com/

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