The Blue Angels team has awarded Cherry Point the 2016 Blue Angel Show of the Year Award.
The Navy jet demonstration team performed at the Cherry Point Air Show on April 29, 30 and May 1.
Some 200,000 people attended to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Marine Corps air Station.
According to a release from Mike Barton, director of the Joint Public affairs Office at MCAS Cherry Point, the designation was made at the International Council of Air Shows annual convention at Las Vegas on December 7.
The Blue Angels’ performance was one of 35 during the calendar year.
Barton also announced that the Blue Angels have also put Cherry Point on their 2018 show schedule. The team will return for the Cherry Point Air Show to be held May 4-6, 2018.
"Everything revolves around the actual performance schedule for our show," said Jim Riemer, the Cherry Point Air Show director, who manages a behind-the-scenes team that will reach into the hundreds by the time the show days arrive. "We have to determine which performers are available, what they can bring to the table, and how it will fit into the overall program. Our ultimate goal is to ensure we give our neighbors the greatest show possible."
Early preparation is what makes the Cherry Point Air Show so successful, Barton said.
“This year's air show, held April 29-May 1, brought a record number of visitors to the air station to witness some of the world's top aviation performers, and to get a close look at the Marine Air Ground Task Force's capabilities. An estimated 200,000 visitors from around North Carolina and around the world converged here for a three-day event that took more than a year in planning. The 2018 air show planning is already well underway,” the release said.
According to Barton, this is the second time that the air station has received the award. Cherry Point received the honor in 2010, being the first military installation ever to receive the distinction.