The “Power in the Pines” air show and open house at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst will return this weekend with demonstrations from fighter pilots, Army airborne teams, attack helicopters and historic World War II aircraft.
The event will be held May 20 and May 21, 2023, at the base, beginning at 9 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. The gates which will be open are listed on the event’s website.
This year’s event will feature a spectacular array of combat aircraft, including U.S. Air Force F-16 Vipers and F-15 Eagles, plus Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets. The Marine Corps will bring their AH-1Z (“Viper Zulu”) attack helicopter – one of the most advanced in the world – plus the gigantic CH-53E Super Stallion, one of the world’s largest heavy lift helicopter systems. Army aviators will show off the famed UH-60M Black Hawk, the UH-72 Lakota utility helicopter, the C-12 Huron special mission plane, and the legendary AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.
The ubiquitous C-130T Hercules, MQ-9 Reaper attack drone, C-17 Globemaster transport, KC-135, KC-10 and KC-46 tankers, plus historic aircraft such as the P-51, C-47 and B-25 from World War II, will participate in heritage flights along with modern aircraft. A number of civilian sport aircraft will also participate.
The U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team will perform a jump demonstration of the branch’s vaunted airborne prowess, which Shorebeat is expected to preview with a fly-along during a training session on Friday.
Shore residents and visitors are most certainly in for a unique treat this weekend with so many aircraft coming together and on public display. The full schedule is embedded below, but much more information can be found on the Joint Base’s Power in the Pines website.