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Celebrating 75 Years: Air show theme announced




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A KC-130 Hercules refuels an AV-8B Harrier and F/A-18 Hornet during a demonstration during the 2014 Cherry Point Air Show. The theme for the 2016 air show was announced, with Chuck Hartung submitting the winning entry of “Celebrating 75 Years.” This year’s show, scheduled for April 29-30 and May 1, is taking place during Cherry Point’s 75th anniversary.

Cherry Point has announced the winning theme for the upcoming 2016 air show this spring.

Chuck
Hartung, of Havelock, was selected as the winner from 157 entrants for
the air show theme contest. His winning theme is “Celebrating 75 Years”
and is based on the base celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

“When
I found out it was the 75th anniversary of the base, it just seemed
like a logical choice,” Hartung said of his winning theme. “It’s a great
milestone.”

Hartung has been stationed at Cherry Point for two years, serving as the director of public health at the Naval Health Clinic.

“I
had a chance to see the last air show shortly after I got here,” he
said. “We didn’t have the Blue Angels then, so obviously this is a great
event that we have coming up because the Blue Angels will be back into
town.”

For being the winner of the air show
theme contest, Hartung will receive a variety of prizes, including a
ride in one of the aircrafts scheduled to perform in the air show.

“I’m
always interested in the different airplanes,” Hartung said. “We are
here right in the heart of where it all started off with Kitty Hawk
right up the road. Flight has always intrigued me. I know my aircraft. I
like them. I’ve been stationed aboard an aircraft carrier before, so
aircraft has been a big part of my military career and I am always
interested in learning more about them.”

The 2016 MCAS Cherry Point Air Show is scheduled for April 29, 30 and May 1.

Hartung
was one of 157 entries from 17 states in the contest, according to a
release from the base. Two others entered the same theme, so a blind
drawing was held, with Hartung’s name being picked.

This
year’s air show is expected to be the base’s largest, according to the
release. The Navy Blue Angels jet demonstration team, which has not
flown at Cherry Point since 2012, will be the featured performers of the
event. However, other military demonstrations include the F-35B
Lightning II, the F-22 Raptor, by the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18
demo team and the Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration.

A variety of civilian aerobatic pilots are also scheduled, including local pilot Hubie Tolson.

The night show with its display of pyrotechnic flights, the Wall of Fire and a fireworks display is set for April 29.

The
April 30 and May 1 day shows will feature the Blue Angels, a kids zone
play area and plenty of static displays of various military and historic
aircraft.

General admission and parking are
free, and the air show is open to the public. Premium box seats,
bleacher seating, and chalet seating is available. Prices vary by day
and type of seat, and various seat packages are also available.

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