VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The air show is back at NAS Oceana this year, and so are the Navy’s Blue Angels.
The Commanding Officer of NAS Oceana, Captain Kit Chope, said he expects a crowd of at least 200,000 to come in over the course of Saturday and Sunday. Last year, the 2013 air show was cancelled because of sequestration, but now the show is back. Even the Base Commanding Officer couldn’t contain his excitement when he caught up with WAVY.com.
“Are you kidding me? I’m like a kid in a candy store. It’s just fantastic out here. We expect record crowds tomorrow and Sunday,” Chope said.
Chope also said this year the Navy is doing something different. It’s using the airshow to help raise awareness for the Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor Foundation, an organization that helps non-medical related needs of service members with injuries.
“The Navy needs to take care of the Navy. That’s important. If we can get a big audience here to tell the story, I think that’s fantastic,” Capt. Chope said.
Chopper 10 will be parked at the air show Saturday and Sunday, and lots of members of the WAVY-TV/FOX43 team will be there, too. Feel free to stop by and say hello!
Watch the preparation for the air show below.