NEWS | March 23, 2011

Air Expo line up announced.

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C.

The following events are scheduled for this year's Air Expo, April 9.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
The Thunderbirds, separated only by inches, have flown in front of more than 427 million people in aerial demonstrations throughout the U.S. and around the world since their first demonstration in May 1953 when they were designated the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit and activated at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

U.S. Army Special Operations Black Daggers Jump Team
The Black Daggers are the official U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team. Comprised of volunteers from throughout Army Special Operations, the Black Daggers have diverse backgrounds and are skilled in various military specialties including Special Forces, Rangers, civil affairs, psychological operations and signal support. The team represents the professionalism and dedication of special operations forces.

Tora! Tora! Tora!
"Tora, Tora, Tora" is the Commemorative Air Force's re-creation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that signaled the beginning of the American involvement in World War II. Designed as a living history lesson, "Tora, Tora, Tora" is intended as a memorial to all the soldiers on both sides who gave their lives for their countries.

The motto of the Commemorative Air Force and the "Tora" act is "Lest We Forget." "Tora, Tora, Tora," as other Commemorative Air Force flying history re-creations, is not intended to promote nationalism or glorify war. The intent of the Tora group is to help generations of individuals throughout the world born after World War II understand that war does not discriminate in the pain it causes and that courageous individuals on both sides lose their lives. In furtherance of this mission, the Tora group has participated in the making of numerous documentaries produced by Japanese filmmakers and Japanese historians.

Geico Skytypers
The world famous Geico Skytypers Airshow team is a flight squadron of six vintage WWII airplanes performing precision flight maneuvers at airshows across the U.S. The diverse team members align perfectly with the unique components of their overall performance. They are the only civilian squadron currently appearing at airshows and flying WWII aircraft, and perform low-level precision formation flying.

Other aircraft include:
B-25 Bomber "Panchito"
ACC A-10 demo
ACC F-15 demo

There will also be more than 30 static displays of various aircraft, boats and armored vehicles.

The schedule is subject to change.

For more information, go to http://charlestonairexpo.com/index.php