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JBA hosts 2019 'Legends in Flight' Air & Space Expo

'Legends in Flight' JBA Air & Space Expo

The U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds”, U.S Navy Demonstration Squadron “Blue Angels”, U.S. Army Demonstration Squadron “Golden Knights” and the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard pose for a picture at the 2019 “Legends in Flight” JBA Air & Space Expo on Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 12, 2019. All 3 demo teams came out to this year’s air show to showcase their precision and skill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Noah Sudolcan)

'Legends in Flight' JBA Air & Space Expo

Guests in attendance enjoy the sights at the 2019 "Legends in Flight" JBA Air & Space Expo, May 10, 2019. More than 50,000 attendees from local areas and around the world attended the Air Show which featured more than 40 static displays and several aerial demonstration teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cary Smith)

'Legends in Flight' JBA Air & Space Expo

Guests in attendance line up to tour a static display at the 2019 "Legends in Flight" JBA Air & Space Expo, May 10, 2019. More than 50,000 attendees from local areas and around the world attended the Air Show which featured more than 40 static displays and several aerial demonstration teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Noah Sudolcan)

'Legends in Flight' JBA Air & Space Expo

Col. Andrew Purath, 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews commander, talks with guests in attendance at the 2019 "Legends in Flight" JBA Air & Space Expo, May 10, 2019. More than 50,000 attendees from local areas and around the world attended the Air Show which featured more than 40 static displays and several aerial demonstration teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Noah Sudolcan)

'Legends in Flight' JBA Air & Space Expo

Guests in attendance at the 2019 “Legends in Flight” JBA Air & Space Expo get the chance for autographs from the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” on Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 12, 2019. Guests met face-to-face with each performer among the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds”, U.S Navy Demonstration Squadron “Blue Angels” and the U.S. Army Demonstration Squadron “Golden Knights”. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Noah Sudolcan)

'Legends in Flight' JBA Air & Space Expo

The 1st Helicopter Squadron provides a special media flight tour over the National Capital Region during the 2019 “Legends in Flight” JBA Air & Space Expo on Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 11, 2019. The flight allowed media the opportunity to see the NCR and JBA’s flightline from the air. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Noah Sudolcan)

'Legends in Flight' JBA Air & Space Expo

The U.S. Navy Demonstration Squadron “Blue Angels” wait their turn to perform at the 2019 “Legends in Flight” JBA Air & Space Expo on JBA, Md., May 11, 2019. In addition to the Blue Angels, the air show featured a variety of aerial demonstrations to include performances by Army Golden Knights, the A-10 Demonstration Team and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Noah Sudolcan)

'Legends in Flight' JBA Air & Space Expo

Guests in attendance at the 2019 “Legends in Flight” JBA Air & Space Expo tour a C-5 Galaxy on Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 11, 2019. The air show featured more than 40 static displays for people to view inside and up close. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Noah Sudolcan)

'Legends in Flight' JBA Air & Space Expo

U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” come to a stop on Joint Base Andrews, Md. May 9, 2019. After arriving at JBA, the Thunderbirds met with Heap and practiced their performance in preparation for the 2019 JBA Legends in Flight Air & Space Expo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Noah Sudolcan)

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Guests in attendance view aerial demonstrations at the 2019 "Legends in Flight" JBA Air & Space Expo, May 10, 2019. More than 50,000 attendees from local areas and around the world attended the Air Show which featured more than 40 static displays and several aerial demonstration teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cary Smith)

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Guests in attendance react to an aerial demonstration at the 2019 "Legends in Flight" JBA Air & Space Expo, May 10, 2019. More than 50,000 attendees from local areas and around the world attended the Air Show which featured more than 40 static displays and several aerial demonstration teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cary Smith)

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Guests in attendance receive autographs from U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" at the 2019 "Legends in Flight" JBA Air & Space Expo, May 10, 2019. More than 50,000 attendees from local areas and around the world attended the Air Show which featured more than 40 static displays and several aerial demonstration teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cary Smith)

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Col. Andrew Purath, 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews commander, walks with Owen, 5, and inspects a Thunderbirds F-16 during the 2019 Legends in Flight JBA Air & Space Expo on JBA, Md., May 12, 2019. The Air & Space Expo was held over three days and featured more than 40 static displays and several aerial demonstration teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Murphy)

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Attendees of the 2019 “Legends in Flight” JBA Air & Space Expo enjoy the static displays on Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 12, 2019. The air show featured more than 40 static displays for people to view inside and up close. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jalene A. Brooks)

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U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” come to a stop on Joint Base Andrews, Md. May 9, 2019. After arriving at JBA, the Thunderbirds met with Heap and practiced their performance in preparation for the 2019 JBA Legends in Flight Air & Space Expo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Noah Sudolcan)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. --

The "Legends in Flight" JBA Air & Space Expo wrapped up here Sunday after the base opened its gates to the public for three straight days, each of which offered something unique to the attendees from the local community.

 

The biggest highlight of the event was the presence of both military jet demonstration teams -- the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels -- performing at the same venue for the first time in more than a decade.

 

Both teams flew Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, but too-low cloud coverage forced the cancelation of all aerial demonstrations on Sunday, May 12.

 

"Despite the bad weather, our air show lived up to its name," said Col. Andrew M. Purath, 11th Wing and JBA commander. "I couldn't be more proud of the joint team here for delivering the legendary event that our local community deserved."

 

Show organizers also executed what was probably the most ambitious ground event ever planned at a JBA air show. On Friday, May 10, while the aerial acts performed for service members, retirees, and their families, the base also hosted more than 7,000 students from local elementary, middle, junior high and high schools. The students and their chaperones were bussed to the installation and then guided through a pair of aircraft hangars set up with dozens of unique Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medical exhibits.

 

Saturday, May 11, was the first of two days open to the general public, and the weather didn't disappoint. With temperatures approaching 70 degrees and partly sunny skies overhead, tens of thousands of attendees witnessed a historic array of aerial demonstrations, kicked off by the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachuting down to show-center at the conclusion of the National Anthem.

 

Other performers included both fighter-jet headliners and an all-star lineup of the industry's most popular civilian aerobatic performers, including Michael Goulian, Sean Tucker, Patty Wagstaff, Kent Pietsch, and more.

 

Although the aerial demos were canceled Sunday, Purath decided to keep the base open to anyone who wanted to visit the STEM-M hangars and the static display aircraft parked all over the airfield. And more than 1,000 people did just that, despite the mist, rain, wind and temperatures in the 50s.

 

Show coordinators and military volunteers drove hundreds of golf carts around the air show grounds, interacting with soaked-but-smiling attendees and trying to make their experience as memorable as possible.

 

The three-day expo concluded inside Hangar 3 with a meet-and-greet session featuring members of the Thunderbirds, Blue Angels and Golden Knights on hand to talk to and sign autographs for hundreds of fans.

 

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