TBJ Joins in Honoring Oklahoma Defenders

The Tulsa Business Journal is joining with the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and its sponsors to honor the armed forces in Oklahoma with a military fly-in Aug. 7-8 during Oklahoma Defender Days.
The public will be able to see the jets as they fly in, land and park at TASM, in the event sponsored by Crowne Plaza Tulsa, Lexus of Tulsa, SpiritBank, Channel 8, 100.9 KXOJ and the Tulsa Business Journal.
The Air Force, Navy, and Army pilots will be on hand to meet the public and inspire a new generation of Oklahoma Defenders, said TASM Director Jim Bridenstine.
“The Tulsa Air and Space Museum appreciates the military service and police service of Oklahomans. Oklahoma Defender Days is our way to say thank you to those who serve,” he said. “I think this is a great opportunity for our community to meet the brave Oklahomans who have made great sacrifices for the rest of us.”
Activities during the fly-in, which lasts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, include:
? Military airplanes and helicopters include an A-10 Warthog, E-2 Hawkeye, F-5 Tiger, T-38 Talon, T-45 Goshawk, T-44, T-1, T-6 Texan II, E-6 TACAMO, C-130 Hercules, H-60 Blackhawk, H-34 Choctaw, Police Helicopters, and more
? Military pilots on hand to inspire a new generation of Oklahoma Defenders
? Shows on TASM’s 50 foot dome theater
? Inflatable Army obstacle course
? Three-story rock wall for climbing
? 75-foot inflatable Space Shuttle jumper for kids
? Many military vehicles, both historic and modern
? The Science Matters Mobile Museum – a big truck with fun science experiments funded by the Reynolds Foundation
? Air Force F-22 riding vehicle for kids
Oklahoma units and personnel who will participate include:
? Primary, intermediate and advanced flight training for the U.S. Air Force is conducted at Vance Air Force Base in Enid. Instructor pilots and student pilots from Vance AFB will fly a T-1, T-38 and T-6 Texan II to TASM.
? The Navy’s E-6 TACAMO (Take Charge and Move Out) collects intelligence, conducts surveillance and deters nuclear aggression. An E-6 crew will arrive from Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.
? Navy pilots from Oklahoma that fly advanced jet trainers and instruct the fighter pilots of tomorrow will fly in from Kingsville, Texas.
? Navy pilots from Oklahoma that conduct Airborne Battlefield Command and Control in the E-2 Hawkeye will fly in from New Orleans, La.
? Navy instructor pilots from Oklahoma will fly in from Corpus Christie, Texas, in a T-44.
? An H-34 Choctaw, one of the largest helicopters from Vietnam, will fly in from Inola.
? An A-10 Warthog will fly in from Fort Smith, Ark.
? A C-130 Hercules will fly in from Little Rock, Ark.
? Helicopters and pilots from the Tulsa Police Department will be on hand to meet the public.
? Aircraft and activities are subject to change without notice.
“Tulsa is an aerospace center of excellence and many businesses in Tulsa build components for the aircraft of our armed services,” Bridenstine said. “Oklahoma Defender Days is another opportunity to showcase the proud aerospace tradition of our state.”

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