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Air Show brings Navy's Super Hornet team to town

COURTESY PHOTO - The U.S. Navys F/A-18 Super Hornet demo team will fly at this years Oregon International Air Show.The U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet West Coast Demonstration Team, the VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” based at Naval Air Station Lenmoore, Calif., will fly at the 2016 Oregon International Air Show.

Air Show organizers announced this week the addition of the team to the show’s performance lineup.

The F/A-18 is the top jet in the U.S. Navy and is used both as an attack and fighter aircraft.

“Loud, fast, and awesome, the Super Hornet is truly a spectacular demo,” said Oregon International Air Show President Bill Braack.

The two-seat F/A-18 will demonstrate its maneuverability and the aircraft’s slow-speed handling characteristics as well as perform high speed passes pushing 700 mph. VFA 122 aircrews have flown combat missions around the world and in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve where it broke records for tactical aircraft in availability, reliability and maintainability.

“Adding the Super Hornet to our roster of performers strengthens our already strong military representation at the show. We have the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, the Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle, the U.S. Special Operations Command Paracommandos all joining the Breitling Jet Team, which is making its first-ever appearance in Oregon,” Braack said.

The air show takes place on Aug. 5-7 at Hillsboro Airport and benefits local charities as it has since 1988.

The theme for the 2016 air show — “Heroes of the Pacific” — commemorates the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the show will feature a number of aircraft that were active in the Pacific Theatre during WWII.

Tickets for the 2016 Oregon International Air Show are on sale online at OregonAirShow.com.