Air show attendance hits 110,000

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People sitting in the bleachers look to the sky during the Cherry Point Air Show. Base officials estimate that 110,000 people attended the three-day show.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 05:05 PM.

About 110,000 people attended the Cherry Point Air Show from May 16 to 18, according to base officials.

Cherry Point released the estimated attendance figures for the 2014 air show on Tuesday.

Col. Chris Pappas III, commanding officer at Cherry Point, said he appreciated all civilians, military members and their families for helping with the air show. He also pointed out the support of emergency services personnel and police who helped with such things as traffic control.

“I want to offer my sincere appreciation for all the long hours, in-depth planning, professional execution and personal devotion of the Marines, sailors and civilians that made this show a tremendous success,” Pappas said in a statement.

The air show featured the Night Show on May 16 and two day shows on May 17 and 18. Highlights of the show included the first public flight demonstration on the East Coast of the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The jet is the newest in the Marine Corps arsenal and is expected to replace older Marine jets including the AV-8B Harrier as well as the F/A-18 Hornet.

The air show featured a variety of civilian and military flight demonstrations as well as military static displays of aircraft on the ground. A kids area full of various bounce houses was available, and country musician Bryan Mayer performed a Saturday afternoon concert.

Air show officials are accepting public comments about the event. Attendees can leave comments or even post their own photos and video at the air show website at

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