The inaugural Cocoa Beach Air Show takes place on October 3 and October 4, with many military and civilian acts performing over the Atlantic...

The inaugural Cocoa Beach Air Show takes place on October 3 and October 4, with many military and civilian acts performing over the Atlantic Ocean.

Free and open to the public, the event will be visible from the beach with the show center at Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach.


The demonstrations will start at noon on October 3 and October 4, allowing spectators to see acts such as the F-16 Viper Demo; the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team; the 920th Rescue Wing; and a special appearance by the U.S. Air Force’s newest fighter, the F-22 Raptor.

“We have managed to bring together some of the very best air performers in the country for the inaugural show,” says Bryan Lilley, president of the Cocoa Beach Air Show. “Everyone from serious aviation and military enthusiasts to first-time air show attendees are going to be impressed by the collection of aerial talent on display.”

This photo shows the end of Cocoa Beach Pier at the seaside resort town of Cocoa Beach, on Florida's Space Coast near Cape Canaveral. Cocoa Beach hosts its first air show on October 3 and 4, 2009

This photo shows the end of Cocoa Beach Pier at the seaside resort town of Cocoa Beach, on Florida's Space Coast near Cape Canaveral. Cocoa Beach hosts its first air show on October 3 and 4, 2009. Source: Florida's Space Coast Office of Tourism

One of the performances will be by the locally based 920th Rescue Wing. Stationed at Patrick Air Force Base, the 920th is the Air Force Reserve Command’s premier combat search and rescue unit. Their missions include locating and recovering U.S. Armed Forces personnel during military operations, rescue support for NASA Space Shuttle missions, search and rescue support for civilians lost or in distress and lending support in humanitarian, and disaster relief operations such as Hurricane Katrina.

Attendees will observe how the citizen Airmen of the 920th deploy into a combat zone; support the NASA missions, refuel two helicopters simultaneously while in flight; and how they respond to massive humanitarian efforts when nature strikes, like the work they did during Hurricane Katrina.

The event is expected to fill Brevard’s beaches for the weekend.

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