Goldsboro, N.C. — The Wings Over Wayne Air Show returns to Goldsboro this month, offering up two days of family fun and plenty of opportunities to watch some amazing pilots and aircraft in action.
The air show, which is presented every two years at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, runs 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., April 27 and April 28. Gates open both days at 9 a.m. In 2017, it attracted more than 230,000 people and was named the event of the year by the N.C. Association of Festivals and Events.
Goldsboro is about 45 minutes from Raleigh. Admission to the air show and parking are free.
“Seymour Johnson does a phenomenal job attracting the best lineup of airpower and performers, alongside the F-15E Strike Eagle and KC-135 aircraft already stationed at the base,” said Goldsboro Mayor Chuck Allen, in a news release.
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is home to the 4th Fighter Wing and 916th Air Refueling Wing. The base opened in 1942 during World War II; closed in 1947; and reopened in 1956. Formerly commanded by Chuck Yeager, the 4th Fighter Wing is one of the largest wings in the United States Air Force, attaining a highly decorated history spanning more than 75 years, the release says.
Combat ready within 72 hours, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will perform approximately 40 formation and solo maneuvers in an air and ground show lasting about 75 minutes. The squadron consists of eight F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, four support officers, four civilians, and more than 100 enlisted personnel performing about 30 job specialties, the release said. Base officials stage and choreograph the air show.
“As our guests, you will be able to see world-class acrobatics and ground demonstrations that are truly a sight to be seen,” said Colonel Donn Yates, Commander of Seymour Johnson’s 4th Fighter Wing, in the release. “Some of the performers scheduled include the F-35 Demonstration Team, Tora! Tora! Tora!, the US Army Black Daggers, the B-2 Spirit, and other elite aircraft within the Air Force Arsenal.”
Check out this image gallery to get a closer look at some of the aircraft that will be on view.
While the air show will be enough to mesmerize most kids, the event also includes a Kids’ Zone inside one of the largest aircraft hangars on the base. A $10 admission charge covers access the Kids’ Zone for an entire day.
More tips if you go:
Bring reusable water bottles: Free water stations will be available to refill your bottles throughout the day.
Folding chairs (which fit in a carrying case), small picnic blankets or seating pads are recommended.
Strollers and small diaper bags are permitted. Strollers will be hand searched. You’ll be able to return to your car to restock diapers and snacks or get a change of clothes, if needed.
It gets loud, so some kind of hearing protection, such as earplugs or headphones, are a great idea.
Be ready for portable restrooms.
More information, including where to park and how to get there, is on the Wings Over Wayne website.