America’s First Defense Airport Marks 80 Years, Millville Wheels & Wings Airshow Returns

Exciting military aircraft, warbirds, and thrilling aerobatics return to Millville Executive Airport for the 2021 Millville Wheels & Wings Airshow this weekend, September 4 and 5. The U.S Air Force F-22 Raptor Jet Demonstration Team and the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team are headlining a list of modern military and historic aircraft as the museum salutes America’s military and veterans.

The highly acclaimed Lockheed Martin USAF F-22 RAPTOR—the most dominant and advanced air superiority fighter in the world—will present a “loud, fast and powerful” demonstration of modern American air power.

The F-22 Raptor was designed to replace the F-15 with emphasis on agility, stealth and range and cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft at this time. The Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team is coming to Millville from Langley Air Force Base, and will perform precision aerial maneuvers demonstrating the unique capabilities of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft.

U.S. Army Golden Knights—the official 18-person parachute team of the U.S. Army—will perform twice daily during the airshow. The Knights jump from 13,000 feet above the airport, traveling nearly 120 miles per hour, and landing with pinpoint precision.

“We’re extremely excited about Millville Airshow 2021,” says Jerry Carey, Millville Army Air Field Museum president. “The museum is honored to host another outstanding community event that showcases the fastest, loudest military jets, rare historic warbirds and a list of aviation performers that excite and delight our audiences.

“Plus, activities on the ground make for a fun-filled family day, including seeing dozens of static aircraft, enjoying great food, vendor displays, bouncies for the kids, and of course, a visit to the Millville Army Air Field Museum, where the important WWII history of Millville Airport is preserved for future generations. This year we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Millville Army Air Field, America’s First Defense Airport, which was dedicated on August 2, 1941.

“With the dedicated efforts of our volunteer committee headed up by Lisa Jester, airshow director, along with many community-minded individuals, the Millville Wheels & Wings Airshow helps continue the mission of the museum—preserving history, promoting aviation and educating young people,” notes Carey.

Millville Airshow Performers: In addition to the USAF F-22 Raptor and U.S. Army Golden Knights, Millville Wheels & Wings Airshow 2021 will present a list of award-winning performers including a very rare de Havilland Vampire, the world’s oldest flying jet fighter; a U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight including a P-51 Mustang; Kevin Russo SNJ-6 Demonstration; Jacquie B Airshows in her Extra 300; and Mark Meridith Airshows “Super Chipmunk,” among others. The event will also feature a judged classic car show each day.

“The Millville Airshow is recognized as a premiere aviation venue not only in the greater Philadelphia area, but also on the entire east coast,” says David Schultz of David Schultz Airshows LLC. “The 2021 Millville Airshow will be very special as we salute America’s military and veterans on Labor Day Weekend.”

For more information about the 2021 Millville Wheels & Wings Airshow, visit MillvilleAirshow.com, call 856-327-2347, or e-mail ljester@p47millville.org.

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