Our Millville ‘Wheels & Wings’ Air-show, held on Memorial Day Weekend at Millville Airport, proved to be a delightful sunshine-filled aviation celebration despite a last-minute announcement by the U.S. Navy that the Blue Angels would not be performing at the two-day event, which took place on Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, 2011.Millville Airshow officials learned Thursday morning, two days prior to the event, that the Blue Angels would not perform at Millville, nor at the U.S. Naval Academy graduation, which is a long-standing tradition, following a safety stand down related to an inci-dent that took place at a performance in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Sunday, May 22.With a full slate of performers sched-uled, the Millville Airshow still proved to be an exciting aviation event! It featured the United States Air Force F-16 Viper West Demonstration Team as its headline performer, the United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, and a list of world-class civilian aerobatic performers.
Wells Fargo Advisors was the present-ing sponsor of the 2011 Millville Wheels & Wings Airshow. The museum thanks them for their outstanding support of this event which honored all mili-tary and veterans. We also thank New Jersey Motorsports Park for adjusting their racing schedules to help allow the airshow to take place.“There was so much to see and do and we were fortunate to have outstanding weather both days,” said Lisa Jester, airshow director. “We were able to offer the community and airshow visitors great aviation performers, jets, WWII warbirds, and parachute dem-onstrations in the air from noon to 4:30 pm. The airshow featured more than 80 static display aircraft on the airport runways and ramps for up-close viewing. We had our large classic car show, a great lineup of vendors, food, and so much more that was edu-cational, exciting, and fun for all ages!”The U.S. Army Golden Knights, the official 12-person ‘Gold’ Parachute Team of the United States Army, jumped from 13,000 feet above the airport twice daily during the airshow. Airshow audiences were awed by their precision formations and expert tech-niques.
An official U.S. Army Golden Knights baton was presented each day during their performance to an out-standing community leader. Mayor Tim Shannon was the recipient on Saturday and Paul Navone, commu-nity activist, philanthropist, and friend of the museum, received the baton on Sunday, escorted to the airshow center by Miss New Jersey, Ashleigh Udolovas.The list of award-winning performers was highlighted by the U.S.A.F. F-16 Viper West Fighting Falcon demon-stration that closed the show each day with thunder and speed that wowed young and old! We thank them for taking the lead as our headline per-formance!Also featured were the Red Eagle Airsports aerobatic team, Lucas Oil Airshow aerobatics, a 1911 Curtiss Pusher early-aviation presentation by Ely-Curtiss Aerial Exhibitions, Tim Weber Airshows’ Geico Extra 300S, and Matt Chapman Airshows’ Embry-Riddle Eagle 580 Thunderbolt. There were WWII-vintage warbirds, modern military air power, and experimental and civilian aircraft displayed both days — in the air and on the ground.“We supported the Blue Angels’ deci-sion not to perform and stayed on track to present an outstanding two-day airshow event,” said Chuck Wyble, MAAFM president. “We can never jeopardize the safety of our airmen or our airshow audiences.”There are so many people to thank for helping to make the Millville Airshow 2011 a success! In addition to Present-ing Sponsor Wells Fargo Advisors, we offer special thanks to our Top Gun Sponsors: Dallas Airmotive, Boeing Corporation, Delaware River & Bay Authority, Duffy & Partners Philadel-phia Lawyers, Big Sky Aviation, South Jersey Healthcare, Century Savings Bank, Center City–The Heart of Mill-ville/AHOME Inc., Thunderbolt Area Federal Credit Union, Stanker & Galetto Builders, Heritage Daily Stores, PPG Aerospace, Cooper/Atlantic Ambu-lance Corporation, NJ Motorsports Park, Cumberland County, and the City of Millville. Thanks also to our numerous Patriot Sponsors for their generous support!