Auxiliary Supports Marine Corp. Aviation

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Blue Angels perform for a crowd of patrons at the MCAS Cherry Point air show. Photo By: USCG Auxiliarist Steven White

The weekend of May 4-6, 2012, Cherry Point MCAS helped celebrate the 100 year aviation milestone in the Marine Corps‘ history.  The main attraction was a performance by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels. Many other performers showcased their skills, illustrating how far the Marine Corps has come in aviation capabilities.

Article by Auxiliarist Steve White, Lake Lanier, GA

With a crowd of more than 150,000 people attending the air show during the three days, the Auxiliary members from Morehead City, NC, participated in the show to help show support for the Marine Corp, as well as provide a presence for the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary.  “This was a chance for us to show our support and provide a service to the community” said Auxiliarist Denise Horton.  Mrs. Horton along with three other Auxiliary members handed out maps of the area, as well as provided information on boating safety and navigational rules on the water.

Auxiliarist John Farmer talks with air show attendees about boating safety. Photo by: USCG Auxiliarist Steven White

“This is not only a chance to celebrate the Marine Corps’ 100 years of service in flight, but it’s also a chance to help celebrate Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point’s 70th anniversary as well,” said an air show spokeswoman.  She added that this is a chance to provide the public a glimpse of what service is all about and the heritage that makes it up.

From the fire trucks to the drones, being able to go through a Boeing 747 and then climb into an Apache helicopter, the show wasn’t just in the air. All the attractions on the ground also gave spectators a glimpse into some of the high-powered machines that each branch of the armed forces use.  With hands-on exhibitions appropriate for all ages and concerts all weekend, this was an event enjoyed by people of all walks of life.


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