MELBOURNE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Melbourne's aerospace industry is booming and so is its Air & Space Show. This year's event is set to soar featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on Oct. 4-5 at the Melbourne International Airport.
Sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation, the 2014 show will feature the Northrop Grumman-built E-2C Hawkeye, RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system, and nearly 30 other aircraft as part of the newest facet of the event, a 750,000 sq. ft. static aircraft display ramp. The Air & Space Show's new home at Melbourne International Airport will allow for the first time to have static aircraft on display together with simulators, exhibits, a “Kids’ Zone”, and many more family-friendly activities.
“We are thrilled to have Melbourne as the new home of the annual Air & Space Show,” said Bryan Lilley, Chairman of the National Air, Sea & Space Foundation. “The Melbourne International Airport site allows us to offer the public a bigger and better show, in the air and now on the ground, than has ever been offered before."
Supporting the Thunderbirds is a full afternoon lineup of some of the nation's best warbird demos, high-energy aerobatic demos, and unique air show performers including:
- The P-51 Mustang
- The L-39 Cold War-era jet
- The B-25 Mitchell WWII-era bomber
- Greg Connell in the Pitts Model 12 bi-plane
- Gary Ward in the MX-2 high-performance aerobatic plane
- John Black in the Super Decathlon
- The Lucas Oil Jump Team
- Jim Tobul, in the F-4U Corsair warbird
- Kent Pietsch, whose airplane lands on top of a moving motor home
The performer “hot ramp” will be open until 11:30 a.m. each day, allowing the opportunity for attendees to get up close to performer aircraft. Northrop Grumman will have its past, present and future on display with an OV-1 Mohawk, E-2C Hawkeye and the RQ-4 Global Hawk. The new -D model of the all-weather E-2 Hawkeye airborne early warning and command (AEW&C) aircraft is manufactured in St. Augustine and possesses the most advanced AEW&C capabilities in service today.
“Northrop Grumman is proud to sponsor the Air & Space Show. We are committed to our community and recognize the Air & Space Show as an important Space Coast event,” said Rick Matthews, vice president, Operations and Melbourne Site Manager. “The show will provide a terrific opportunity for the public to see and learn firsthand about Northrop Grumman and the unique, technologically advanced military products. We are pleased to make these favorable contributions to the show, as our continued success depends on our partnerships within the community.”
Along with a solid lineup of aviation capabilities, the show includes educational opportunities about the U.S. aerospace program from NASA, Lockheed Martin and the Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor’s Complex.
About the Melbourne Air & Space Show
Advance general admission tickets to the show are now on sale at www.airandspaceshow.com. Tickets are $10 (children ages 6-12) and $15 (ages 13+), a savings of $5 per ticket off the price at the gate. Reserved parking is also discounted by $5 if purchased online in advance. For the ultimate VIP experience, a limited quantity of tickets still remain for the Flight Line VIP Clubhouse, which offers private seating on the flight line, reserved parking, lunch, beverages, event program, private restroom access and more. Flight Line VIP Clubhouse tickets can be purchased online for $129 through Oct. 3 and $150 on the day of the event.
Gates to the 2014 Melbourne Air & Space Show open each day at 9 a.m. For the latest on performers, display exhibits, schedule and more, visit www.airandspaceshow.com, as well as follow the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/airandspaceshow.
About Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in manned and unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
Media Note: Media are invited to participate in private flights, as well as one-on-one interviews with show performers. To arrange either of these opportunities, contact Cathy Bassett in advance of the show.