On Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, the Marine Corps Air Station will host the Beaufort Air Show. There is no cost to the general public to attend the show. The show will showcase Naval aviation with a demonstration by the United States Naval Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels!
“Our Air Show has two missions; to promote Marine Corps and Navy recruiting efforts and to say a big thank you to all of the members of the surrounding communities who support the men and women who serve this nation that are stationed aboard the Air Station and in the Tri-Command area.”
U.S. Navy Blue Angels
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Blue Angels, exhibits choreographed refinements of the skills possessed by all Naval aviators. Their performance includes the graceful aerobatic maneuvers of the four-plane Diamond Formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high performance maneuvers of their two Solo Pilots. As a team they illustrate the pinnacle of precision flying, performing maneuvers locked as a unit in the renowned six-jet Delta Formation. Blue Angels Awards: ICAS Sword of Excellence (2007).
The world famous GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team is a flight squadron of six vintage World War II airplanes and is the only existing World War II civilian squadron flying today. The six vintage SNJ-2’s demonstrate low level precision flying and deliver aerial messages, known as Skytyping. These messages are 10,000 feet up in the air, as tall as the Empire State Building, and eight miles wide. The letters can be seen for 15 miles in any direction or nearly 400 square miles.
Mike’s performance in his EXTRA330SC is a dazzling, tumbling display of modern aerobatic maneuvers. Millions of air show spectators around the globe have witnessed the ferocity of a Mike Goulian air show performance. Every roll, pull, and tumble of his flight is a deliberate execution of precision. With his aggressive approach to the air show arena, Mike Goulian has mastered the ability to convey his message of passion through flight. Mike’s crisp, athletic style of flying is the evolution of his landmark career as an aerobatic competitor. Mike reached the pinnacle of the sport when he won the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Championship at only 27 years of age. He was honored to represent the United States at the World Aerobatic Championship on three separate occasions. Mike Goulian Awards: Art Scholl Memorial (2006) Showmanship Award, Bill Barber Award for Showmanship (2009), ICAS Sword of Excellence (2012).
Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Demonstration
The MCAS Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration displays the coordinated use of close air support and infantry forces. The men and women of the Marine Corps demonstrate their finely-honed skills, and the Air Show audience is in the middle of the action. This is an explosive display of Marine Corps power. A MAGTF is a self-sustaining combined-arms force organized for a specific mission. The four elements—Command, Ground Combat, Aviation Combat and Combat Service Support—work seamlessly together. The Command element provides control and coordination for the planning and completion of the mission. The Ground Combat element handles land-based operations. It is formed around the infantry. The Aviation Combat element provides air support and is responsible for all air operations within the MAGTF. The Combat Service Support element provides support to the force, enabling long-duration operations. Members of the MAGTF train together, deploy together, respond to crises together and, when called upon, fight together. Because it formed for a specific purpose, a MAGTF is extremely flexible. Within days a MAGTF can be anywhere in the world and arrive ready to accomplish its mission. It’s not all about combat; the MAGTF may be called upon to provide humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, crisis response, security or any of a number of missions. The MAGTF is the ideal rapid response team, able to quickly answer the call of duty, whatever it may be, wherever it may take them.
AV-8B Harrier II Demonstration
Representing, arguably, the greatest breakthroughs in aircraft technology, the Harrier was the first VSTOL-capable (vertical/short takeoff and landing) jet in the Marine inventory, giving MAGTF commanders new flexibility on the battlefield. The mission of the Harrier is to attack and destroy surface and air targets, escort helicopters and conduct deep air support, including armed reconnaissance and air interdiction, using various types of missiles and bombs. The Harrier is designed to be fully operational in both day and night conditions. The capabilities of the AV-8B were highlighted during expeditionary air operations during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. The demonstration consists of a display of the aircraft’s abilities, including a 90-degree climbing turn, a high-speed pass over the runway, and a vertical landing in front of the crowd.
Rob Reider Announcer
As an announcer, Rob Reider helps air show audiences get up close and personal with the action. He brings an immense amount of experience and knowledge to the stage of air shows. Rob announced his first air show in 1978 and by 2006, air show announcing had become his full-time occupation! Rob was the recipient of the coveted ICAS Sword of Excellence in 2007, the highest award an air show professional can receive. He is an entertainer, pilot, Midwest television personality, singer, performer, writer, and winner of 5 Emmy awards. Rob is also one of only 48 honoraries to become a Honorary Blue Angel.
Barrel rolls, flying upside down, and other daredevil stunts are all in a day’s work for aerobatic pilot Rob Holland. Rob has logged over 10,000 hours of flight time in more than 162 different types of aircrafts. He’s been performing in air shows professionally since 2002, making him one of the youngest pilots on the air show circuit today at just 29. Rob is known for his high performance aerobatics that continually push the envelope of aerobatics and showcases maneuvers you can’t believe an airplane can do. Rob has numerous awards including: 2013, 2012, 2011 US National Unlimited Aerobatic Champion, 2013, 2012 World Freestyle Champion, 2012 Art Scholl Award for Showmanship and 2008 World Advanced Aerobatic Champion.