HAVELOCK

The skies will be filled with a variety of flying machines during the 2021 MCAS Cherry Point Airshow.

It will take place Sept. 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Gates open at 9 a.m.

One of the most anticipated performances will be the United States Navy Blue Angels demonstration team, who will fly both days.

A total of 16 officers voluntarily serve with the Blue Angels. Each year, the team selects three tactical fighter or fighter/attack jet pilots, two support officers and a Marine Corps C-130 pilot to relieve departing members.

Also performing will be the Navy’s Fat Albert, a C-130 aircraft that’s been painted blue, yellow and white. It will open for the Blue Angels.

Afterburner, a crowd pleaser, will also do a demonstration. It’s a 1940 Ford fire truck with twin Rolls-Royce Bristol Viper jet engines with more than 24,000 horsepower. Afterburner holds the Guiness Record for fire trucks going at a high rate of speed, being able to go up to 407 miles per hour.

Randy Ball will do a flying demonstration in his MiG-17F.

Another crowd pleaser will be Hubie Tolson, an aerobatic pilot from New Bern. One of his unique stunts is pulling his Sukhoi SU31 plane into a vertical climb then completely stopping the engine and propeller while going straight up. That causes the plan to slide backward toward the ground and spin toward the ground. Then Tolson glides in, inverted, along the full length of the crowd. He’s the only pilot in the world who performs this maneuver.

There will also be a demonstration by the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The airshow narrator will talk visitors through the demonstration as air and ground Marine combat forces simulate an assault on enemy positions right in front of their eyes.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band.

Several aircraft will be on static display, including the V-22 Osprey, AV-8B Harrier, F/A-18 Hornet, KC-130 Hercules, AH-1W Cobra, CH-46 Sea Knight and more.

There will even be a Kid Zone with lots of bouncy houses and other structures, along with a rock climbing wall.

Admission to the airshow and parking are free.

For more information and a complete lineup of performers and more, go to www.CherryPointAirShow.com.