Eighth Army participates in Osan Air Power Day
November 1, 2012
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea - About 20,000 people flocked to the airfield at Osan Air Base from Oct. 20 to 21 to attend the Osan Air Power Day.
This year's Air Power Day marked the 65th anniversary of the 51st Fighter Wing and the Republic of Korea Air Force.
The event also marked the 62nd anniversary of the Korean War.
Air Power Day consisted of an air show and static aircraft displays from U.S. Forces Korea and the ROK Air Force.
Patrons had a chance to see the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor and Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey up close and personal.
Osan Air Base was opened to visitors at 9 a.m., and the 51st Fighter Wing Commander Col. Patrick McKenzie kicked off the event at 11 a.m. with opening remarks and a performance from the ROKAF parachute demonstration team.
U.S. Air Force pilots conducted demonstrations of the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber, F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet and the ROKAF conducted demonstrations of the KT-1 basic training aircraft and F-15K strike fighter, culminating in a demonstration by the ROKAF Black Eagles, the ROKAF's aerobatic flight team.
For this year's air show, the ROK Air Force Operations Command, AFOC-Service and Support Wing, 37th Electric Warfare, 7th Air Force and 51st Fighter Wing participated.
Eighth Army Soldiers from Gunsan Air Base and Suwon Air Base displayed and discussed military assets, including the Avenger air defense system, AH-64D Apache attack helicopter and High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle.
"The reason why we display these military assets is to make people understand what assets are used for the protection of Korea," said Pfc. Song Sung-geun from 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from Suwon Air Base.
Another highlight of the demonstration was the Combat Search and Rescue demonstration.The 7th Air Force's 25 Fighter Squadron, 31st Rescue Squadron and 36th Fighter Squadron participated in the program.
The CSAR was the most impressive demonstration, said air show patron Seo Kyeong-suk.
"It was very interesting that we can see realistic operation demonstration. They used real explosives," said Seo.
The Eighth Army Band, AFOC Honor Guard and AFOC Band performed to wrap up the event.