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Columbus AFB hosts one-day air show

A dissimilar formation of all 14th Flying Training Wing aircraft change their course to fly over the 2018 Wings Over Columbus Open House and Air and Space Show grounds April 20, 2018,  over Columbus, Mississippi. Roughly 21,000 people were able to view hours of aerobatic acts and many static displays from the Air Force’s current inventory at the 2018 air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

A dissimilar formation of all 14th Flying Training Wing aircraft change their course to fly over the 2018 Wings Over Columbus Open House and Air and Space Show grounds April 20, 2018, over Columbus, Mississippi. Roughly 21,000 people were able to view hours of aerobatic acts and many static displays from the Air Force’s current inventory at the 2018 air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Maj. Paul Lopez, Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team pilot, flies by the crowd at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 21, 2018, during the Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Show. The F-22 demonstration was one of the featured acts during the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Maj. Paul Lopez, Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team pilot, flies by the crowd at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 21, 2018, during the Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Show. The F-22 demonstration was one of the featured acts during the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Gross)

The 58th Airlift Squadron's C-17 Globemaster III Rat Pack Demonstration Team from Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, perform during 2018 Wings Over Columbus Open House and Air and Space Show April 21, 2018, over Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The team demonstrated the maneuverability of the C-17 to thousands of viewers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

The 58th Airlift Squadron's C-17 Globemaster III Rat Pack Demonstration Team from Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, perform during 2018 Wings Over Columbus Open House and Air and Space Show April 21, 2018, over Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The team demonstrated the maneuverability of the C-17 to thousands of viewers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Spectators watch as members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights make their way to the ground on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 21, 2018, during the Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Show. The Golden Knights are the Army’s premier parachute team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Spectators watch as members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights make their way to the ground on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 21, 2018, during the Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Show. The Golden Knights are the Army’s premier parachute team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Gross)

A Tiger Yak 55 flies upside-down through a smoke ring April 21, 2018, at the Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Twin Tiger Aerobatic Team and the Blastards Pyrotechnics worked together to put on a performance for the air show crowd. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

A Tiger Yak 55 flies upside-down through a smoke ring April 21, 2018, at the Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Twin Tiger Aerobatic Team and the Blastards Pyrotechnics worked together to put on a performance for the air show crowd. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

Jeff Chamblee and his son, Jackson, 13, of Tupelo, Mississippi, talk to each other inside of a C-17 Globemaster III during the Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Show on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Over 15 static displays showed aircraft of all kinds during Saturday’s airshow, including the C-17. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Jeff Chamblee and his son, Jackson, 13, of Tupelo, Mississippi, talk to each other inside of a C-17 Globemaster III during the Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Show on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Over 15 static displays showed aircraft of all kinds during Saturday’s airshow, including the C-17. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Eight Delayed Entry Program recruits, two Air Force recruiters and the Air Combat Command F-22 Raptor Demonstration team stand in front of an F-22 during 2018 Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Show April 21, 2018, at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The recruits took the oath of enlistment, administered by Maj. Paul Lopez, ACC F-22 Demonstration team pilot, during the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

Eight Delayed Entry Program recruits, two Air Force recruiters and the Air Combat Command F-22 Raptor Demonstration team stand in front of an F-22 during 2018 Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Show April 21, 2018, at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The recruits took the oath of enlistment, administered by Maj. Paul Lopez, ACC F-22 Demonstration team pilot, during the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

Eric Hollingsworth, an AT-6 Texan pilot, practices flying April 20, 2018 over Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. Hollingsworth and other AT-6 pilots performed at the 2018 Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Show the next day at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

Eric Hollingsworth, an AT-6 Texan pilot, practices flying April 20, 2018 over Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. Hollingsworth and other AT-6 pilots performed at the 2018 Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Show the next day at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

A young man climbs a rock wall while a plane draws “USA” in the sky during 2018 Wings Over Columbus April 21, 2018 at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Along with the aerial performances, rock-climbing and other carnival-type attractions were present at the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

A young man climbs a rock wall while a plane draws “USA” in the sky during 2018 Wings Over Columbus April 21, 2018 at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Along with the aerial performances, rock-climbing and other carnival-type attractions were present at the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

Maj. Paul Lopez, Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team pilot, waves at spectators at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 21, 2018, as he taxis out to begin his performance during the Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Gross)
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Maj. Paul Lopez, Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team pilot, waves at spectators at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 21, 2018, as he taxis out to begin his performance during the Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Gross)

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- The 2018 Wings Over Columbus Open House and Air and Space Show was held April 21, here, providing roughly 21,000 people with hours of aerobatic acts and many static displays from the Air Force’s current inventory.

Curious individuals and families alike visited from the static to see what Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi had to offer during the airshow.

“One of the goals was to share aviation with the community,” said Capt. Justin Pedone, 14th Flying Training Wing media flight coordinator. “We hopefully inspired future pilots, mechanics or aviation industry leaders.”

The people who attended the air show saw over 15 different performers including the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights, the 58th Airlift Squadron's C-17 Globemaster III Rat Pack Demonstration Team from Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia.

Along with the performers, almost 50 different groups interacted with the crowds, including the Clydesdales, the 14th FTW Aerospace and Operations Physiology Flight and a C-17 crew’s medical evacuation and care capabilities.

Over 15 static displays showed aircraft of all kinds during Saturday’s airshow, including the B-52 Stratofortress.

The B-52 is a long-range, heavy bomber, able to perform missions of all kinds, and has been a part of the Air Force’s heritage since its first flight in 1954. Columbus AFB had been home to the 454th Bombardment Wing, and veterans who had been Airmen under the 454th BW gathered together for a reunion and had a B-52 flyover in honor of their service.

“We’ve been here since 1942,” Pedone said. “The base has got a rich history of flight in this region, going all the way back to WWII, and the airshow can not only educate people about our past and our history but will hopefully have excited the future generations to be a part of this heritage.”

The air show had hundreds of helping hands to make it work, and Col. Douglas Gosney, 14th Flying Training Wing commander, said he was thankful for all of the help Team BLAZE members received.