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Cherry Point has announced the winning theme for the upcoming 2016 air show this spring.
Chuck Hartung, of Havelock, was selected as the winner from 157 entrants for the air show theme contest. His winning theme is “Celebrating 75 Years” and is based on the base celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
“When I found out it was the 75th anniversary of the base, it just seemed like a logical choice,” Hartung said of his winning theme. “It’s a great milestone.”
Hartung has been stationed at Cherry Point for two years, serving as the director of public health at the Naval Health Clinic.
“I had a chance to see the last air show shortly after I got here,” he said. “We didn’t have the Blue Angels then, so obviously this is a great event that we have coming up because the Blue Angels will be back into town.”
For being the winner of the air show theme contest, Hartung will receive a variety of prizes, including a ride in one of the aircrafts scheduled to perform in the air show.
“I’m always interested in the different airplanes,” Hartung said. “We are here right in the heart of where it all started off with Kitty Hawk right up the road. Flight has always intrigued me. I know my aircraft. I like them. I’ve been stationed aboard an aircraft carrier before, so aircraft has been a big part of my military career and I am always interested in learning more about them.”
The 2016 MCAS Cherry Point Air Show is scheduled for April 29, 30 and May 1.
Hartung was one of 157 entries from 17 states in the contest, according to a release from the base. Two others entered the same theme, so a blind drawing was held, with Hartung’s name being picked.
This year’s air show is expected to be the base’s largest, according to the release. The Navy Blue Angels jet demonstration team, which has not flown at Cherry Point since 2012, will be the featured performers of the event. However, other military demonstrations include the F-35B Lightning II, the F-22 Raptor, by the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 demo team and the Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration.
A variety of civilian aerobatic pilots are also scheduled, including local pilot Hubie Tolson.
The night show with its display of pyrotechnic flights, the Wall of Fire and a fireworks display is set for April 29.
The April 30 and May 1 day shows will feature the Blue Angels, a kids zone play area and plenty of static displays of various military and historic aircraft.
General admission and parking are free, and the air show is open to the public. Premium box seats, bleacher seating, and chalet seating is available. Prices vary by day and type of seat, and various seat packages are also available.
For ticket purchases or for more information, go online to the air show website at www.cherrypointairshow.com.