“Legends In Flight” – the 2019 Joint Base Andrews Air and Space Expo Preview

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“Legends In Flight” is the theme for the 2019 Air and Space Expo at Joint Base Andrews, just off of the Capital Beltway in Camp Springs, Maryland. Andrews serves the Washington DC area, and is where the Air Force’s 89th Airlift Wing – operator of the “Air Force One” and other Special Mission Airlift aircraft of the US Air Force, is based.

Some previous attendees of the Andrews Armed Force’s Day air show celebrations (NOT NECESSARILY FOR THIS UPCOMING SHOW)

A few decades ago, the air shows at Andrews AFB were filled with cutting edge military aircraft – all Branches of the Armed Forces participated, and were joined by other Government Agencies to provide a detailed look at the U.S.’s inventory. Most of the yearly shows were presented during Armed Forces Day weekend in May, but a few years ago, the dates changed to a weekend in September, and went to a biennial (every other year) event too.

Some of this year’s performers…

The big news about this year’s event is that it returns to the month of May, and both the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds will be performing at the same shows. Rare are the venues where both of the military’s jet teams perform together… it has happened before at Andrews, when a major event, such as a special celebration or other historic milestone has been reached. Besides the two teams, other performers include the Air Force A-10 flight demonstration, the Army’s Golden Knights, and various warbird and civilian aerobatic performers. Here is a link to the show’s web site: https://legendsinflight.org/

May 11th and 12th of 2019 are sure to be filled with loud and exciting flying in the Maryland skies near the Nation’s Capital. Photorecon.net, ClassicWarbirds.net and CivilAviationWorld.com will have teams covering many aspects of this show, so if you can’t get to the event, you’ll still see what the Air and Space Expo has turned into over the years.

Ken Kula

Assignment and Content Editor, writer and photographer A New Englander all of my life, I've lived in New Hampshire since 1981. My passion for all things aviation began at a very early age, and I coupled this with my interest of photography during college in the late 1970s. I spent 35 years in the air traffic control industry, and concurrently, enjoyed my aviation photography and writing adventures, which continue today. I've been quite fortunate to have been mentored by some generous and gifted individuals. I enjoy contributing to this great site and working with some very knowledgeable and equally passionate aviation followers.

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