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Blue Angels to perform at Millville Army Air Field Museum’s 2017 air show

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The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be coming to Millville in May 2017

MILLVILLE – The
U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron will headline the
Millville Army Air Field Museum’s annual air show in 2017.

Museum officials said the elite
unit will perform in the skies above Millville Airport during the Wheels
and Wings Airshow on Memorial Day weekend.

“This is exciting news for
Millville and all of Cumberland County,” said museum President Chuck
Wyble. “Through the dedicated efforts of our air show committee, and
many community-minded individuals and local businesses, our Millville
air show has grown to achieve the highest status of military recognition
in the country by being selected as a jet team show site.”

The performance will be one of
only 35 nationwide for the Blue Angels, and the only performance
location in New Jersey and the Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware,
area in 2017, museum officials said.

This performance – held at the
location of the country’s first defense airport in World War II -will
mark the second time in two years that the museum’s air show attracted
popular U.S. military outfits.

The U.S. Army’s Golden Knights
and the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds performed during last year’s air
show. Their appearance helped attract what museum officials said were at
least 40,000 people to the show, which not only helped raise money for
the museum, but also provided a boost to the local economy.

“They bring out our sense of
community and patriotism, as well as honoring our aviation history,”
Mayor Michael Santiago said. “The city recognizes that hosting the Blue
Angels has a tremendous positive economic impact for the area as well.
Hotels, restaurants, businesses and attraction throughout the area
benefit greatly from the … air show.”

Museum officials said the Blue
Angels alone bring a team of about 80 people, who account for many hotel
rooms, meals, rental cars and other services.

While the air show is more than a
year away, museum officials said they are already offering what they’re
calling “Top Gun” corporate marketing opportunities for the event.
Different advertising packages are available that include vendor space,
tickets, company picnics, public address announcements and corporate
logos on posters, signs and T-shirts, museum officials said.

“With the air show scheduled more
than a year in advance, we have the ability to organized and offer
outstanding market opportunities for area businesses to reach an
estimated 25,000 visitors each day,” said museum Executive Director Lisa
Jester.

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