The skies over the National Capitol Region will ring with the sound of freedom May 18 through 20 as the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, celebrate 100 years of Marine Corps aviation at the 2012 Joint Service Open House here.
Flying a fleet of Boeing F/A-18 Hornets, the Blue Angels will headline the largest DOD air show this year as they represent Navy and Marine Corps aviation to the United States and its Armed Forces to America and other countries as international ambassadors of good will.
Also performing will be the U.S. Army’s premier parachute demonstration team, the Golden Knights. These professionals do their best work at 12,500 feet above the earth’s surface. Also be sure not to miss the premier fighter jet of the 21st century, the F-SS Raptor!
Friday, May 18, is reserved for DOD personnel, school-sponsored children and invited guests. The open house is open to the public May 19 and 20.
In addition to dozens of current and vintage military and civilian aircraft on display and in the skies, ground activities will offer something for the entire audience--from aircraft simulators and military displays to food and fun throughout the flight line area.
Spectators from the general public will need to park at FedEx Field or take Branch Avenue Metro in order go through the appropriate security screenings and be shuttled to the event.
During the open house, a Joint Information Bureau will be assembled in Hangar 4 with representatives from each branch of the military available to answer questions and facilitate stories and photo opportunities. In addition, the JIB will provide credentials and media kits. Only media members with valid identification will be allowed access to the JIB.
Parking: Public is asked to park at FedEx Field or Branch Avenue Metro and go through security screenings. Free shuttle buses will be available. Parking lots will open at 7 am.
For More Info and Schedule of Events, visit www.jsoh.org. Recorded information line is 301-981-4600.