Cannon AFB to Host 2018 Air Show


Cannon Air Force Base will host the 2018 Air Commandos on the High Plains Air Show, Space and Tech Fest on May 26 and 27.

Col. Michael Jackson, 27th Special Operations Group Commander, said the air show will provide a unique opportunity for the community to interact with airmen. 

“We designed the event to build new relationship, bolster existing ones and strengthen our mutual support for our air commandos serving worldwide in defense of our freedom,” Jackson said.

On display will be the AC-130W Spectre Gunship, the MC-130J Commando II, the CV-22 Osprey and the MQ-9 reaper. 

“We’ve got a great line-up of aerial demonstration teams to include you know, fighters, bombers, vintage aircraft,” Jackson said. “We’re going to be displaying some of our very unique air force special operations command.”

In addition, the United States Air Force Thunderbirds and Canadian Royal Air Force F-18 Demo Team will be performing.

Jackson said there will be plenty of activities for kids as well.

“Frankly, they’re the potentially future air commandos, so we want to show them what’s out there so that they can maximize their potential,” Jackson stated.

While the purpose of the airshow is not for recruitment, he said it definitely helps.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. There’s gonna be airplanes, you know, roaring through the skies. They’re going to be able to go through the airplanes on static displays and get to talk to aircrew members. It’s going to be great for our youth and adults alike,” he added.

While much of the work at Cannon A.F.B. remains top secret, Memorial Day weekend will allow civilians a peek inside to see the hard work airmen do every day to protect our country and world.

The event is free and open to the public, but according to Cannon A.F.B., VIP tickets for Saturday are sold out.

However, they are still available for Sunday, May 27.

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