by Airman 1st Class Aaron J. Jenne
4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
5/19/2015 - SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- More
than 200,000 people visited Seymour Johnson Air Force Base for the 2015
Wings Over Wayne Airshow and Open House, May 16 and 17.
The event featured numerous aerial and ground performances from multiple
military and civilian performers, as well as static displays of dozens
of the Air Force's most prominent aircraft for spectators to view
"This airshow didn't just happen," said Lt. Col. James Ladd, 2015 WOW
Airshow and Open House director. "Through months of diligent planning
and with the expertise of several agencies, including the 4th Fighter
Wing; local law enforcement; emergency medical services; state, county
and local governments; we were able to host the largest number of
spectators in the history of Wings Over Wayne."
The show was highlighted by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial
demonstration team. The group performed a myriad of acrobatic aerial
maneuvers and precise formations to demonstrate the many capabilities of
the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
"I hope everyone had a great time, and they felt inspired," said Capt.
Alexander Goldfein, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot number three. "We
want to show what the jets are capable of, and even more importantly,
what the Airmen are capable of. Hopefully, everyone left excited about
the opportunities there are in our Air Force."
While many of the performances focused on showcasing the abilities of
both aircraft and aircrews, including the 4th FW's very own F-15E Strike
Eagles, others provided a different style of entertainment.
The Commemorative Air Force's "Tora! Tora! Tora!" demonstration team
recreated the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor with six
World War II reproduction Japanese airplanes. The show stood as an
active history lesson and memorial to those who lost their lives that
Free concerts closed out both days of the airshow. North Carolina native
and national recording artist, Kellie Pickler, performed Saturday
night, and Sunday was closed out by American Idol finalist, Majesty
Rose, who is also one of Goldsboro's own.
Overall, the airshow delivered a variety of attractions for the masses to enjoy.
"I appreciate all who spent their weekend with us," Ladd said. "I feel
like our base hosted all of North Carolina for a weekend, and I'm really
happy with the way the events turned out. If I could say one thing to
all of those who thanked me, it would be to thank them in return for
their support. I've been stationed in several states, I've been to
different countries, and there's never been any outpour of support and
respect for military members like there is here. Thank you very much,
North Carolina. We salute you!"