This event has been cancelled.
From the Post and Courier on February 6, 2018.
Joint Base Charleston will host the Lowcountry’s first military expo since 2011.
The free event will begin at 8:30 a.m., and ends at 5 p.m. The Thunderbirds will perform around 3 p.m.
The Thunderbirds fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and their 45-minute demonstration may include as many as 40 aerial moves, Joint Base Charleston spokesman Marvin Krause said.
The Thunderbirds are based at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and have been performing around the world since 1953.
Attendees at the 2018 show will also have access to an open house in which they can get up close and personal with with military and commercial planes. For example, families can tour the inside of a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III.
The Department of Defense covers all costs associated with the event, including free water bottles for attendees, Krause said. Parents should be advised that the air show’s noise is akin to that of a NASCAR race, so children may benefit from hearing protection. Food vendors and ATMs will be available.
“This is a great opportunity to thank the Lowcountry community for their support and to showcase how team Charleston supports our nation’s defense,” expo director Lt. Col. Francisco Flores said.
Additional details on display planes and performances are expected to be announced later.
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