Florida’s St. Augustine Air Show To Be Held Memorial Day Weekend


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Florida’s St. Augustine Air Show To Be Held Memorial Day Weekend

By Shane Nolan

May 22, 2011 - After a five-year hiatus, the St. Augustine Air Show returns to the Northeast Florida Regional Airport Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 - 29, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special salute to veterans.

Proceeds from this year's air show benefit United Way of St. Johns County, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Naval Special Warfare Foundation (Navy SEALS). Northrop Grumman Corporation is a major sponsor of the event.

"This year's air show revives a tradition of vintage air shows that had been held annually at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport dating back to 1967," said show organizer Craig Fordem.

“On behalf of The St. Augustine Memorial Day Weekend Airshow team, I would like to personally thank all of the artists that submitted entries to our Poster Art Contest. We received forty five entries, including two entries from out of state. We employed a panel of five judges, all with extensive aviation backgrounds, including pilots, businessmen, performers, etc. Judging the entries was exciting and rewarding for all of us involved. All of the artwork was outstanding”.

"This family-fun event promises to provide exciting entertainment for the whole family with performances by wing-walkers, perilous biplane stunts, flying comedy acts and precision aerobatic teams, as well as an all-women's parachute team, a fire-breathing monster called Robosaurus, an airplane versus jet engine powered truck race and tactical demonstrations by a U.S. Air Force F-16."

"We're honored to be able to serve as a major sponsor of this event to benefit these important nonprofit organizations that support our troops, but also to support an important event that benefits our local economy," said Rick Matthews, vice president of east coast production operations for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems and St. Augustine site manager. "As the largest private industrial employer in St. Johns County and a high technology aviation employer, it was a natural fit for us."

In honor of the Centennial of Naval Aviation this year and Northrop Grumman's 80 years of supporting naval aviation, the first 2,000 attendees each day can stop by the Northrop Grumman booth and pick up a free commemorative poster while supplies last.

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