Cherry Point books jet team to headline air show

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 18:12 PM.

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.



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