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Daytona Beach Events – Daytona 500!

Wings and Waves Air Show

October 13 & 14, 2012

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Wings and Waves Air Show is taking place over the Atlantic Ocean in beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida. Come and witness a breathtaking demonstration of high flying acrobatics. Your senses will come alive with colors, sounds, and vibrations as you view an air show like no other!

Wings and Waves will feature the spectacular feats of many performers, among them are:

USAF Thunderbirds: A Thunderbird performance displays the pride, precision and professionalism of the team while highlighting the skills and training indicative of all members of the U.S. Air Force. Years of training and a lifetime of dreaming are brought together in the hour-long demonstration, exhibiting what the Air Force is all about.

Showcasing the utmost professionalism and the esprit de corps shared by our enlisted members, the sharp movements and rhythm of the showline embody the ground ceremony. As the jets take to the skies, the maneuvers flown demonstrate the awesome capabilities and skills that all fighter pilots must possess. From the loops and rolls to the formation flying and high-speed passes, these are just a small example of what is required of every combat aviator.

The demonstration is a mix of six aircraft performing formation flying and solo routines. The four-ship Diamond formation demonstrates the precision and training of Air Force pilots, as well as the gracefulness of the F-16. The two solos display the power and maximum capabilities of the mighty F-16 Fighting Falcon, a front-line fighter.

Canadian Snowbirds: The Snowbirds Demonstration Team (431 Squadron) is a Canadian icon composed of serving members of the Canadian Forces. Their pilots and technicians work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the North American public. Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline, and dedication inherent in the women and men of the Air Force and the Canadian Forces.

Black Diamond Team: The Black Diamond Jet Team is a seven-ship aerobatic civilian-owned jet team. The team is fully-sponsored by United Bank Card, Inc. The sponsorship enables the team to be a featured act for shows not hosting a military jet team. With five L-39s and two Mig-17s all in the Arctic camouflage paint scheme, the Lakeland, FL based Black Diamond Jet Team is an exciting addition to the current demonstration teams available to air shows, as well as for private and sporting event flyovers.

Skytypers: The Infamous GEICO Skytypers Airshow Team is a flight squadron of six vintage WWII airplanes performing precision flight maneuvers at select airshows across the US. The diverse flying expertise of the team members aligns perfectly with the unique components of their overall performance. They are the only civilian squadron currently appearing at airshows and flying WWII aircraft, the SNJ-2. Of the 11 remaining SNJ-2 airplanes still in existence, the team uses six of these. The team performs a low level precision formation flying routine combined with a thrilling aeronautical demonstration highlighting the unique capabilities of the aircraft while adding a richness to the history of aviation and its core foundation. In addition, GEICO Skytypers are often found typing messages utilizing the horizon as a back drop. These messages can be as tall as the empire state building and visible for up to 15 miles away

F-18 Tac Demo: Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106) was commissioned at NAS Cecil Field on April 27, 1984, flying the Navy's newest tactical aircraft, the F/A-18 Hornet. In the summer of 1999 VFA-106 moved from NAS Cecil Field to NAS Oceana, VA. As the East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, the Gladiators. mission is to train F/A-18 Replacement Aircrew to support fleet commitments. Every 6 weeks a class of between 8-12 newly-winged Navy and Marine Corps Aircrew begins the 9 month training course in which they will learn the basics of air-to-air and air-to-ground missions culminating in day/night carrier qualification and subsequent assignment to a fleet Hornet squadron.

So, get ready to be amazed and bring the whole family for this spectaular air show on the shore of beautiful Daytona Beach.