MCAS Beaufort aces air show
By Cpl. Micah B. Snead
| | April 30, 2004
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, SC -- The Air Station hosted the 2004 Lowcountry Air Show April 24 and 25.
A crowd of more than 100,000 spectators gathered on the flightline over the weekend for a glimpse of the best and brightest from military aviation past and present.
More than a dozen aerial acts lured “oohs” and “ahhs” from the crowd before the climactic Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team’s act closed the show.
Clear and sunny skies allowed onlookers a perfect view of acts ranging from the stomach-turning flips and dives of Patty Wagstaff and former Marine scout sniper Jim LeRoy to the hair-singeing jet engines attached to the Shock Wave Jet Truck.
The Air Show’s top coordinators were pleased with the outcome of the event.
“We’re glad so many people came out,” said Lt. Col. Mark Hamilton, event coordinator. “We got a lot of compliments from the spectators and even the acts themselves.”
The Air Show organizers combined with the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce to create the 2004 Lowcountry Blues Festival. Following the Air Show April 24, there was free music festival held in downtown Beaufort.
“We combined the two, making it one large community event,” Hamilton said. “It worked out really well for everyone.”
The 2004 Air Show could not have been a success without the hard work and sacrifice of the Marines and Sailors around the Air Station, according to Lt. Col. Troy A. Ward, executive officer, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
“The show was great, the weather was perfect and people were happy,” Ward said. “From the military policemen managing traffic to the working parties before, during and after the show, everyone did an outstanding job.”