TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) --
Travis Air Force Base opened its gates to over 110,000 people for the Wings Over Solano open house and air show May 14–15.
The open house and air show provided the local community an opportunity to interact directly with Travis AFB Airmen and see the installation’s capabilities on full display.
The air show weekend consisted of 35 aerial demonstrations; 24 modern and vintage military aircraft; eight weapon systems from three major commands; and Travis AFB’s three-ship all-female Parade of Heavies.
“We are so happy to be able to put together an event like this and open our gates to the community,” said Lt. Col. Mike Deprey, open house director.
The open house also provided a wide variety of booths with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math interactive displays. The STEM booths included Phoenix Spark’s 3D printing, virtual reality systems, NASA’s altitude pressure chamber and a Boeing KC-46A Pegasus simulator.
“There were a lot of kids with smiles on their faces so it’s a big win for the community,” Deprey said.
One family said it had been a while since they attended an air show, and with the birth of their first child, they wanted to create new memories.
“Seeing the Parade of Heavies was my favorite part of the show. Knowing that they are the workhorses of the Air Force, it’s incredible to see them in action,” Bobby Lao said, air show attendee.