Increased aerial activity expected in NCR for Air Force birthday week

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  • By Mike Martin
  • AFDW Public Affairs
The U.S. Air Force is celebrating its 68th birthday with several events planned throughout the Washington D.C. area Sept. 16-20, 2015.

Residents and visitors in the local area can expect an increased amount of aerial activity on Sept. 16 and 17 when the Air Force District of Washington hosts the U.S. Air Force Tattoo on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington D.C. and during the Joint Base Andrews Air Show at Joint Base Andrews on Sept. 18 and 19.

"As part of both events we will have several military aircraft flying over the NCR," said Col. Beth Larson, AFDW Director of Operations and Plans. "You may catch a glimpse of some low flying aircraft or hear a little more activity in the air that week, particularly near Bolling and Andrews. We want to make sure that people know this is part of a celebration of Air Force heritage and not something they should be alarmed to see."

While the air show is only open to DOD cardholders Friday, Sept. 18, the public is encouraged to visit Joint Base Andrews and take part in the celebration on Saturday, Sept. 19 when the base holds its free public air show. 

"Attendees will get the chance to see the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, the  F-22 Raptor Demonstration team, and the United States Special Operations Command jump team  Para-Commandos, just to name a few," said Maj. Jim Crum, air operations director for the events. "We're hoping to see the entire community come out when the gates open at 9 a.m."

Public parking for the airshow will be at Fed Ex Field and the Branch Avenue Metro station. Free shuttle service will be provided from these locations from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

For more information about the Joint Base Andrews Air Show, visit and click on the air show tab, and for additional information about increased aerial activity, please contact Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs at (240) 612-6464.