Over the weekend of May 20-21, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC, will be hosting its biennial Wings Over Wayne Air Show. Held in odd-numbered years, the Wings for Wayne Air Show is free to the public and held to thank local and regional communities for their ongoing support of the base. Main attractions of the two-day event include flying demonstrations from groups such as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Black Daggers and Tora! Tora! Tora!
As the largest air show in North Carolina, a crowd of over 250,000 spectators is expected to attend. In addition to high-flying excitement, there will be a variety of fun things to do at ground level. For example, dozens of popular aircraft will be on display to view up-close including the F-22 Raptor and F-16 Fighting Falcon. Attendees can also view ground demonstrations by military personnel and enjoy free concerts at the end of each night. Past performers include famous North Carolina singers Kellie Pickler and Majesty Rose.
As a Mach IV sponsor of this year’s event, OneMain is proud to be a part of the action. Brian Tarleton, Branch Manager of the Spence Avenue branch and OneMain employee of 20 years, will be leading the onsite efforts at the airbase:
“We have a lot planned for this year’s air show. In addition to displaying our replica of Elliott Sadler’s No.1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, we’re going to have a booth set up to hand out free OneMain giveaways and engage the crowd. The event is sponsored by both Goldsboro, NC branches, and volunteers have signed up to help from the Garner, Clinton, Smithfield and Rocky Mount branches as well. We'll also be promoting a 'Toys for Tots' drive we're hosting at several eastern North Carolina branches."
When asked how the air show impacts the local community, Tarleton spoke of the mutual admiration between service members and civilians: “[Wings Over Wayne] is a way for the military to thank the public for its support. However, it’s also a way for the public to thank our military members for the tough job they do protecting our country.”
For more information, please visit the Wings Over Wayne website.