USAF Thunderbirds to Headline Wings Over Wayne Air Show This Weekend in Goldsboro, NC
Goldsboro, NC — Wings Over Wayne Air Show is set to take place at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro on April 27-28, 2019. The event is free to attend and gates open to the public at 9 a.m. both days. The grand opening ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., and the flying performances will take place between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., weather permitting.
Spectators will experience the finest air power in the world as the USAF Thunderbirds take to the skies as this year’s main headliner. For the first time in WOW history, the new F-35A Demo Team and C-17 Team will showcase their capabilities. Other favorites are in the flying line up, such as the Army Black Daggers Jump Team, the Air Force Combined Arms Demo, Tora, Tora, Tora, Acemaker T-33, plus many more.
In addition to the aerial performances, Wings Over Wayne offers plenty family-fun entertainment on the ground with static displays of recent and heritage aircraft, Jet Truck, and military drill demonstrations. The brand new KC-46A Refueler will also be an exciting addition to the ground displays, as the plane is set to be operational within the USAF this year. The event will also include a Kids Zone featuring bounce slides, trampolines, and obstacle courses. Kid Zone tickets are available for purchase the day of the event for $10.
A new addition this year is a Beer Garden located right on the flight line featuring craft and commercial beverages. Tickets for the Beer Garden can be purchased in advance online or at the event starting at $30/person. The ticket price includes seating, optimal viewing of the show, shaded areas, and exclusive beer stations. Beer purchases are not included in the ticket price. Guests of the Beer Garden must be at least 21 years of age and kids are not allowed in the area.
“Wings Over Wayne is one of the world’s best air shows,” said Chuck Allen, mayor of Goldsboro. “Seymour Johnson does a phenomenal job attracting the best lineup of air power and performers, alongside the F-15E Strike Eagle and KC-135 aircraft already stationed at the base.”
“It’s hard to put into words the feelings brewing in the air over the two-day event. It’s a blend of excitement, humbleness, and nostalgia, uniting people from different generations and backgrounds by calling on the common patriotic seams bond us all. Military communities are known for supporting their bases, but the Wings Over Wayne Air Show and Seymour Johnson AFB breaks the mold and gives back to Goldsboro and the state of North Carolina in ways that can’t be measured,” said Ashlin Glatthar, director of travel & tourism for Goldsboro-Wayne County.
In 2017, the Wings Over Wayne Air Show was honored as “Event of the Year,” which is the most prestigious award given by the N.C. Association of Festivals & Events. When deciding the winner, the judges announced that the Wings Over Wayne Air Show was “chosen for their community partnership and the survey of the attendees.” The air show surpassed the efforts of past years, setting new records for funding raised, volunteer participation, and the attendance of over 230,000 for the two-day event.
Other tips and helpful points of information include checking out the prohibited items list on the event website at www.wingsoverwayne.com. Guests of the show are allowed to bring clear reusable water bottles less than 32 oz. and factory-sealed water to the show. Free potable water stations will be located throughout the public areas of the event. Lawn/tailgating chairs are also permitted. The event and parking is free, yet food, beverages, and souvenirs are available for purchase at the show. Credit cards will be excepted by the concessionaire, but the event staff encourage folks to bring cash as precaution.
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