Cherry Point has announced that the Black Diamond Jet Team will headline its air show May 16 to 18.
The air show theme contest is under way as events surrounding the 2014 show begin to take shape.
The Black Diamonds feature five L-39 jets and one CT-33 jet sporting Arctic camouflage paint schemes. They are civilian-owned and flown by a mixture of military, former military and civilian pilots.
The team is based out of Lakeland, Fla. and features formation flying in combination with loops, barrel rolls and other maneuvers.
The jet team will be making its first appearance at the Cherry Point Air Show.
Also part of the air show lineup will be the Aeroshell team, featuring four AT-6 Texans. The Texans are propeller planes with radial engines that first appeared in 1938. They were originally made as basic trainers for pilots entering the U.S. Army Air Corps and were flown by nearly all of the new pilots headed off to World War II.
Solo pilot Bill Leff will also be returning to Cherry Point with his silver T-6 Texan. The vintage war bird is popular for its firework spewing night show leaving streaks in the sky above the flight line, according to information provided by the air show.
Also returning for the night show is hang glider pilot Dan Buchanan, who descends from around 1,800 feet lighting the sky with pyrotechnics.
For rotor heads and children, Otto the Helicopter will be returning this year to entertain the crowd with a unique comedic approach to aerobic flying.
New Bern resident Hubie Tolson, a pilot since age 16, will be bringing his SU-31 high performance monoplane to perform.
On the ground, the Smoke-N-Thunder JetCar, driven by Bill Braack, a 20-year veteran of the Air Force Reserve, will go from zero to 400 mph in nine seconds in front of a 10,000 horsepower engine. Braack will show how easy it can be for a car to overtake an airplane.
The B-25 Mitchell bomber was once based at Cherry Point during World War II and the B-25 Panchito will return to the air show for history enthusiasts as will the F4-U Corsair flown by Chris Avery.
A MiG-17F will be demonstrated, and Mike Wiskus, the 2002 aerobatic champion, will fly a high-performance biplane.
Just like always, VMR-1 will be demonstrating the capabilities of the CH-46 Pedro search and rescue helicopters that are based at Cherry Point.
Other performers are in the process of being lined up, and the air show will include static displays of aircraft and other entertainment as well.
The air show includes the Friday night show on May 14 as well as the two day shows on May 15 and 16. Admission and parking are free.
Meanwhile, the deadline for the air show theme contest is Feb. 14. Those interested must create a theme using six words or less. The winner receives an assortment of air show prizes, including a ride in one of the featured aircraft in the show.
To enter the theme contest or for more information on the air show, go online to www.cherrypointairshow.com.
The show was originally canceled in December because of budget uncertainty but was reinstated about three weeks later when Congress agreed on a budget deal. The delay put the base behind schedule in organizing the event.