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Blue Angels to fly at 2017 Millville Airshow

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U.S. Navy Blue Angels Jet Demonstration Team.

MILLVILLE – The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron
is returning here to headline the 2017 Millville Wheels & Wings
Airshow.
It will be the squadron’s third Memorial Day Weekend visit at the show since its debut in 2003.
The
annual airshow is the major fundraiser for the Millville Army Air Field
Museum and the presence of a jet demonstration squadron is a major plus
for ticket sales and sponsorship interest. The museum brought in the
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds squadron for its May 2015 airshow.
“This is exciting news for Millville and all of Cumberland County,” museum President Chuck Wyble said on Thursday.
“Through
the dedicated efforts of our airshow committee, and many
community-minded individuals and local businesses, our Millville airshow
has grown to achieve the highest status of military recognition in the
country by being selected as a jet team show site,” Wyble said.
“They
bring out our sense of community and patriotism as well as honoring our
aviation history,” Mayor Michael Santiago said of the Blue Angels. “The
city recognizes that hosting the Blue Angels has a tremendous economic
impact for the area as well. Hotels, restaurants, businesses, and
attractions throughout the area benefit greatly from the Millville
airshow.”

U.S. Navy Blue Angel jets perform air show maneuvers.
U.S. Navy Blue Angel jets perform air show maneuvers. (Photo: Submitted)

Millville is among 35 tour stops for the Navy unit during 2017, and
the only scheduled stop in New Jersey as well as in the
Philadelphia/Wilmington region. The unit flies six F/A-18 Hornet
fighters from a base in Pensacola, Fla.
The museum is mounting the air show, set for the May 27-28 weekend, with longtime partner David Schultz Airshows LLC.
“The
Millville airshow is recognized as a premiere aviation venue not only
in the greater Philadelphia area but also on the entire East Coast,”
Schultz said.
The Blue Angels flew in Millville in 2003 and 2007. Their 2011 appearance was cancelled shortly before the show.
The airshow has featured the Thunderbirds in 2002, 2004 and 2015.
In addition, the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds squadron was featured in 2003 and 2005.
Last
fall, the museum indicated it had hoped to bring the Thunderbirds back
in 2017 or the Blue Angels in 2018. The museum is not mounting an
airshow in 2016.
The museum is in Millville Municipal Airport,
which opened in 1941 as America’s first air defense facility under the
U.S. Army. This year is the 75th anniversary of the airport’s
dedication, a fact the museum is celebrating in 2016.
“We remind
everyone that 10,000 servicemen trained here and went out to defend our
nation overseas,” Wyble said. “As a museum, we will recognize this
important history as we honor all of America’s military and our veterans
at the Millville airshow on Memorial Day Weekend 2017.”
The
museum is offering “Top Gun” sponsorships as corporate marketing
opportunities. There are different level advertising packages available,
the museum said.
Lisa Jester, the airshow director, said the year-plus of advance notice is an advantage in organizing marketing opportunities.
For more information, contact Lisa Jester at (856) 327-2347 or at ljester@p47millville.org, or visit MillvilleAirshow.com

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