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Cherry Point air show canceled

Growing fears over the spread of the coronavirus have led to the cancellation of the 2020 Cherry Point Air Show and Open House that was scheduled for the weekend of May 1-3. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have also announced an end to their current schedule.

The cancellation was confirmed in a release from Cherry Point’s Communication Strategy And Operations Office.

The decision was made with the primary concern being the welfare of the public’s health and safety during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision to cancel the 2020 Cherry Point Air Show was made at the installation level – by the MCAS Cherry Point commanding officer and the commanding general of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, according to the release and sent via email from the public relations office.

“We were hopeful the air show could still go on. We were excited to invite our community partners and friends to the grand event that showcases U.S. military capability. However, the situation around COVID-19 is evolving at an incredible rate and it made it difficult to project, with certainty, what would be possible,” said Col. Mikel Huber, MCAS Cherry Point commanding officer.

Currently, there is no plan to reschedule, but the air station looks forward to the 2022 Air Show, said Huber.

The Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron has always been the crowd-pleasing centerpiece and headliner of the biannual air show. They have announced the cancellation of their previously scheduled upcoming shows, according to their Facebook page that was updated yesterday. The post relates that they will possibly be returning at a later time this year.

This is the first time the air show has been canceled for something like this, according to Huber.

“My priority is to protect the force while continuing the mission of the Marine Corps,” he said in the email.

General inquiries about the cancelation of the air show can be directed to cherrypoint@usmc.mil.