Colonel Jeannie Leavitt, Base Commander and first female fighter pilot in the U.S., extends a public invitation to attend the Wings Over Wayne Air Show at Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro. The air show will salute our service men and women around the globe, past and present. Leavitt plans to pay tribute to Operation Homecoming 1973, during its 40th anniversary, when North Vietnam released American POWs from captivity.
Major Steven Bofferding, Air Show Director and F-15E pilot commented, “This biennial exhibition has attracted an incredible array of aircraft and skilled pilots. Seymour Johnson will truly feature one of the world’s best Air Shows of 2013.” The last air show in 2011 drew over 175,000 visitors from across the country.
Headlining the show will be the Blue Angels. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron consist of six F/A-18 Hornets and a C-130T Hercules named “Fat Albert.” Other exhibitions include the F-15E Strike Eagle; the 4CE Formation Aerobatic Team; the MV-22 Osprey; Black Daggers Special Forces Parachute Team (from Fort Bragg); F-22 Raptor; flyovers by the B-2 Bomber and F-35 Lightning; Lee Lauderback and his P-51; F-18 Demo from NAS; Indy Boys Jet School Bus; F-16, A-10, F-5, HH-60 Combined Arms Demonstration; and Patty Wagstaff, America’s 1st female National Aerobatic Champion. Air Boss for the day is: George Cline. Announcer: Rob Reider. More aerial and ground displays will be announced in the future.
This fascinating weekend of technological marvel, exploration, and family fun also includes music, autographs, exhibits, and precision ground performances. There will be a kid- zone, complete with huge jumping castles, bungee jumping, trampolines, flight simulators, rock climbing walls, and Euro Ball races. Food and beverages available on site.
Seymour Johnson AFB is home to the 4th Fighter Wing and the 916 Air Refueling Wing, consisting of 7,000 people and 95 multi-role F-15E Strike Eagles. The 4th Fighter Wing, formerly commanded by Chuck Yeager, is one of the largest wings in the USAF, and has a highly decorated history spanning nearly seven decades.