U.S. Air Force stages air show to mark 70th anniversary

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-17 10:27:32|Editor: liuxin
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Air Force staged an air show Saturday at Joint Base Andrews in Camp Springs, U.S. state of Maryland, to commemorate its 70 anniversary.

The two-day show, which started Saturday, featured the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, an aerial demonstration team that performed fast-paced aerobatic maneuvers of two, four and six planes frying in formation.

Aerial demonstrations also included the U.S. Special Operations Command "Para-Commandos" Parachute Team, U.S. Army Golden Knights, and the Air Force F-22 Demonstration Team.

Over 30 aircraft were on static display, including B-2 stealth bomber, F-16 Fighting Falcon, aerial refueling aircraft KC-135, transport aircraft C-17 Globaemaster III, jet turbofan-engined aircraft A-10 and U.S. Army Guardrail.

The air show attracted over tens of thousands of people to the Joint Base Andrews that houses the presidential plane Air Force One as the facility is responsible for transporting government and military leaders.x U.S. President Donald Trump visited the air base Friday to address military personnel to mark the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force.

Trump urged Congress to end mandatory budget cuts that have brought down defense spending, while promising more resources to the military despite a skyrocketing U.S. debt.

Formed in 1947, the U.S. Air Force operates over 5,000 military aircraft, with over 300,000 active duty personnel as of 2017.