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2010 Air Shows

Joint Service Open House, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

May 15-16
Location: Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
Admission: Free
Parking: Free with shuttle bus service to the spectator area.
Value: Excellent

This is a major air show and open house of the Joint Service of the Department of Defence; USAF, NAVY, MARINES and ARMY. Due to security parking is off site at the FedEx Field, from where shuttle buses are provided for transportation to Andrews AFB. Due to the huge crowds 150,000 to 250,000 on the weekend there is a considerable wait to get on the buses. Security is quite tight.

This year the featured performers included the Blue Angels, F-22 Demo Team, AV-8B Harrier Demo, the Golden Knights. The USAF Heritage Flight consisted of the F-22, F-16 and the P-51D Glamorous Girl.

The static display was huge this year,just like any previous years; from AFVS, such as the M-1A2 Abrams, M-2A3 Bradley, to helicopters such as the AH-1W Cobra, CH-53 Sea Stallion, to WWII warbirds like the B-17 Memphis Belle among the many.

The weather was relatively pleasant providing good photographic opportunities. It is recommended to have plenty of sunblock and bring your chairs as you will be sitting on the concrete apron. Food and beverage are plentiful but expensive, with adequate sanitation facilities.

Some of the participating were:

  • The Blue Angels
  • F-22 Raptor Demo Team
  • B-17F "Memphis Belle"
  • P-51 Mustang "Glamorous Girl".
  • F-15 Eagle
  • F-16 Viper
  • F-18 Super Hornet
  • AV-8B Harrier Demo Team
  • A-10 Thunderbolt II
  • B-52
  • MV-22 Osprey
  • C-17 Globemaster III
  • and many others.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Review by Laszlo photos by Joe Osciak for AIRSHOWSREVIEW LLC..
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