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Joint Service Open House Air Show at Andrew's Air Force Base

Andrews Air Force base is the official "Home of Air Force One." Andrews is best known for its special air mission to transport senior government and military leaders of the United States.

Every year the general public gets a rare opportunity to get a closer look at the advanced capabilities of our United States military services. The public is invited to attend the the annual Joint Service Open House Air Show at Andrews Air Force Base. Admission is free.

Because of security concerns and limited parking, guests were not permitted to park in Andrews. Although, there were hundreds of cars parked along the outside perimeter of the Air Force base.

Shuttle buses run frequently from FedEx Field parking lots and the Branch Avenue Metro station. Check for delays or cancellations caused by weather or other circumstances by calling 301-981-4600.

If you do decide to attend the air show, make sure to bring sunscreen and water. On a sunny day you can actually see the sun's heat waves radiate Andrew's concrete tarmac. My skin was pink in under an hour.

The Joint Service Open House Air Show features the Thunderbirds, the Golden Knights, and other exciting aerial and ground attractions. This is a must attend for any fan of aviation!

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Control tower at Andrew's Air Force Base, Maryland *

The air traffic control tower at Andrew's Air Force Base in Camp Springs, Maryland. (FAA ID: ADW)

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The Geico "Skytypers" at Andrew's Air Force Base Open House

Geico "Skytypers" are WWII era SNJ's, by North American Aviation: a two-place advanced trainer, it was the classroom for most of the Allied pilots who flew in World War II. She was called the T-6 Texan by the Army Aircorp.

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Geico SNJ "Skytypers" at Joint Services Air Show

The Geico sponsored "Skytypers" consist of WWII-era airplanes, are a precision flying team, and the only civilian WWII squadron flying in the world today. Do not try this at home.

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Andrew's Air Force Base Open House: The Geico Skytypers

The world-famous Geico Skytypers Air Show Team only performs several times a year for very large crowds. The aircrafts they fly are extremely rare although they used to be plentiful in the early-to-mid 1940's and were used to train WWII pilots.

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Precision flying squadron of WWII-training SNJ-2's

With only eleven SNJ-2's in existence, the Geico Skytypers Air Show Team has possession of six of them. They travel around the U.S. demonstrating low-level precision flying as well as "typing" ariel messages.

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SNJ's made by North American Aviation flying in formation: Camp Springs, Maryland

2009 Joint Service Open House Air Show at Andrew's Air Force Base, Maryland. The SNJ-2 version, which is the only model with the enlarged 180 gallon fuel tank, allows the aircraft to operate for over four hours. In addition, the aircraft is eight inches s

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Red Bull Jet at Andrew's AFB, Camp Springs, Maryland

The Red Bull MiG-17F shoots toward the sky at Andrew's Air Force Base on May 16, 2009. The weather varied from overcast to bright and sunny but the spectators escaped with no rain.

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Red Bull Soviet MiG-17F at Andrew's Air Force Base Open House, May 16, 2009

"Airshows aren't really about flying. They're about evoking emotion," says the pilot, Bill Reesman. He should know: Reeseman has more experience dazzling crowds with the amazing MiG-17F aircraft than any other American pilot.

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Bill Reesman's Red Bull MiG-17F in flight

Bill Reesman's Red Bull MiG-17F was built in Poland in 1959 and entered active service in the Polish Air Force as a Cold War warrior, patrolling the Iron Curtain for about 25 years until it was parked in an aircraft "bone yard" in Poland.

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MiG-17F, inverted, Joint Service Open House - Andrew's Air Force Base, Maryland

What a great shot! Bill Reesman's Red Bull MiG-17F (the "F" transliterates from Russian to English as "afterburner") flies upside down on full afterburn at Andrew's Air Force Base, Maryland, May 16, 2009.

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Soviet (Polish made) MiG-17F flying on full afterburn over Maryland

This Cold-War era MiG-17F (which is owned and operated by Bill Reese; sponsored by Red Bull energy drink)is flying so fast even at high shutter speed the image is somewhat blurry - and it's no wonder: this plane can (and probably is) flying in excess of 6

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Ethanol Stunt Plane: Comin' at ya!

Ethanol stunt plane banking hard left during a free air show at Andrew's Air Force base (Maryland) Joint Service Open House, May, 2009.

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Ethanol stunt plane at JSOH, May 16, 2009

Ethanol stunt plane in nose-down position doing a barrel-roll at the Joint Service Open House, Andrew's Air Force Base, Maryland, May, 2009.

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Acrobatic stunt plane at JSOH

Stunt plane in a 90 degree nose-dive at Andrew's Air Force Base Joint Service Open House, May 16, 2009. The bottom of the stunt planes' wings read "ETHANOL."

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United States military F4U Corsair flying in Maryland *

The 1941 F4U Corsair incorporated the largest engine available at the time, the 2,000 hp (1,490 kW) 18-cylinder Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp radial. To extract as much power as possible, a relatively large, 13 feet 4 inch prop was used.

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