Heavy artillery, vintage aircraft, concert at SC National Guard’s Air-Ground Expo, all free, Saturday, Sunday

The South Carolina National Guard’s Air and Ground Expo ‘17 is Saturday and Sunday at McEntire Joint National Guard Base just off of US 378, Hopkins. There’s a lot to see, and it’s free.
The end of each day will include a joint air and ground combat exercise by S.C. Guard soldiers and airmen. That will include six F-16 Fighter Falcon jets, two Apache attack helicopters, four M1 Abrams tanks, four M2 Bradley fighting vehicles, and two M109 Paladin artillery systems.
On display also, will be vintage aircraft and stunt planes, in addition to a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18 and the U.S. Navy F/A-18 jet fighters.
There will be a demonstration by the Black Daggers. the U.S. Army’s Special Operations parachute team,.

The ground displays of military equipment from past and present will number 100.
The music concert headliner is country music singer Michael Ray..
The expo is an effort by the South Carolina National Guard to thank the community for its support, according to a news release announcing the event.
For more information, visit www.scguard.com or download the free SC Guard Expo app, available on iTunes and the Google Play store. Access Flickr and YouTube imagery by searching “SC Guard Expo.”

Also get info at: SC Guard Expo Info

Schedule of events

Day 1: May 6

Base gates open for early parking

Time: 8:00 am

Location:


Event Gates Open

Time: 9:00 am

Location:


Opening Ceremonies

Time: 10:00 am

Location:

21 Gun Salute / Color Guard /  F-16 Flyover


Salute to the fallen

Time: 10:10 am

Location:

21-gun salute with 105mm Howitzers/Color Guard/F-16 Fly-by


Flying operations and demonstrations(until 2:30PM)

Time: 10:30 am

Location:

Black Daggers Parachute Team/ Twin Tigers teaser (YAK-55)/ Canadian Air Force Demo (CF-18)/ Sky Soldiers (AH-1/UH-1)/ RedLine Airshows (RV-8)/ Younkin Airshows (BE-18)/ Gunslinger Monster Truck/ Manfred Radius Sailplane/ F-86 Saber/ Twin Tigers (YAK-55)/ Buster Clyman (P-40)/ Jim Tobul (F4U/4)/ Heritage Flight (F4U/4 & P-51)/ Navy VFA-106 Demonstration Team (F-18)/ UH-60 Black Hawk Black Daggers Parachute Team/ AeroShell (T-6)/ F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team/ Heritage Flight (F-22 & P-51)/ Gary Ward (MX-2)


Combined Arms Demonstration (CAD) with pyrotechnics(until 2:30pm)

Time: 2:00 pm

Location:

(6) F-16 Fighting Falcons / (2) AH-64 Apache / (1) UH-60 Black Hawk / (4) M1 Abrams (4) M2 Bradley / (2) 109 Paladin


Vietnam Commemoration Remarks

Time: 2:30 pm

Location:


Concert openers

Time: 2:50 pm

Location:


Michael Ray performance and night flying demonstrations

Time: 6:20 pm

Location:

Concert ends at 6:45PM


F-22 Twilight Demo

Time: 7:15 pm

Location:

F-22 Raptor/ Black Daggers Parachute Team/Manfred Radius Sailplane/AeroShell, RedLine & Younkin Airshows


Day 2: May 7

Base gates open for early parking

Time: 8:00 am

Location:


Event Gates Open

Time: 9:00 am

Location:


OPENING CEREMONIES

Time: 11:00 am

Location:


Salute to the fallen

Time: 11:10 am

Location:

21-gun salute with 105mm Howitzers/Color Guard/F-16 Fly-by


Flying operations and demonstrations(until 3:00pm)

Time: 11:30 am

Location:

Black Daggers Parachute Team/ Twin Tigers teaser (YAK-55)/ Canadian Air Force Demo (CF-18)/ Sky Soldiers (AH-1/UH-1)/ RedLine Airshows (RV-8)/ Younkin Airshows (BE-18)/ Gunslinger Monster Truck/ Manfred Radius Sailplane F-86/ Saber Twin Tigers (YAK-55)/ Buster Clyman (P-40)/ Jim Tobul (F4U/4)/ Heritage Flight (F4U/4 & P-51)/ Navy VFA-106 Demonstration Team (F-18)/ UH-60 Black Hawk/ Black Daggers Parachute Team/ Gunslinger Monster Truck/ AeroShell (T-6)/ F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team/ Heritage Flight (F-22 & P-51)/ Gary Ward (MX-2)


Combined Arms Demonstration (CAD) with pyrotechnics(until 3:30PM)

Time: 3:00 pm

Location:

(6) F-16 Fighting Falcons / (2) AH-64 Apache / (1) UH-60 Black Hawk / (4) M1 Abrams (4) M2 Bradley / (2) 109 Paladin


End of the S.C. Guard Air and Ground Expo

Time: 3:30 pm

Location:

– See more at: https://www.scguard.com/expo/schedule/#sthash.Vjw1ucYu.dpuf

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