Virginia Beach Oceana Air Show aims to inspire young people when it returns in September

Naval Air Station Oceana’s annual air show will bring high-flying performances to the skies of Virginia Beach Sept. 21 and 22, officials announced Tuesday.

Programming will include flight demonstrations, including those from the Navy’s Blue Angels and F-35C Lightning II team and the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor team from Langley in Hampton. The performance schedule will be announced closer to the event.

This year’s theme, “Inspire. Educate. Rise!” focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

“Our theme celebrates the young minds we hope to inspire through unprecedented flight demonstrations and hundreds of interactive STEM educational engagements available to all during the air show,” said Capt. Josh Appezzato, base general manager.

Photos: Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show Preview

Since 2016, Virginia Beach fifth graders have been invited to the Air Show Practice Day, typically held a day before the two-day event. For the first time, fifth graders from Chesapeake Public Schools will also be invited. The practice day allows students to take a hands-on STEM lab field trip before sky watchers flock to the air show this weekend.

“The NAS Oceana Air Show is a way for us to encourage the next generation of leaders, because you never know who will walk away from this special weekend believing that they too can dream big and “Fly Navy.” Captain Steve said. Djunaedi, base commander.

NAS Oceana Annual Airshow typically attracts 250,000 to 300,000 visitors. The event is open to the public and entry and parking are free.

The show began in 1953 and has been held almost every year since 1962, missing only two years during the pandemic before returning in 2022.

Caitlyn Burchett, [email protected]

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