Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, United States situated 13 km east from Washington D.C. is an official home to a presidential plane Air Force One and is best known for its special air mission to transport senior government and military leaders of the United States. What is more, every year the general public gets the rare opportunity to get a closer look at advanced capabilities of the U.S. military services. The public is invited to attend the annual Joint Service Open House Air Show, which I and my friend Justyna attended back in 2009. It is one of those amazing weekend events you can attend for free in America organized by the government.
The show we saw featured the Thunderbirds, which is the air demonstration squadron of the U.S. Air Force based in Las Vegas, the Golden Knights, which are the United States Army Parachute Team and it consist of demonstration and competition Parachutist teams drawn from U.S. Army Paratroopers, and also The GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team, which is an aerobatic team that perform low-level flying maneuvers and also create aerial smoke massages that are formed via computer-controlled smoke puffs. There were so many aircrafts displayed on the ground, including attack, bombers, electronic warfare, fighters, helicopters, trainer and transport that we didn’t manage to visit them all during the whole day. From looking up the sky we ended up having burned noses as it was a beautiful hot and sunny day and I would recommend taking sunscreen, glasses and a few bottles of water with you. In terms of food, there was a variety of cheap food stands there, including Polish sausages! It was great to explore the U.S. aircraft planes from the inside, and especially those I have seen and admired in the history and war movies such as the Black Hawk helicopter. We also got to meet many pilots, who were keen to answer any questions relating to the aircraft as well as their flying experiences. It was one the most exciting events I have ever attended while being in the United States.
They are already planning this year Air Show. For more information go to the main site of the Joint Service Open House Andrews Air Show 2011 http://www.jsoh.org/ It is a day well spent and a lot of fun for young children, their parents as well as twenty something old Polish girls!
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