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NEWS
December 20, 2011
The West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing will once again partner with the local community and Thunder Over The Blue Ridge Inc. to host the 2012 Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Air Show and Open House, Airlift Wing officials said Tuesday. The event, scheduled for Sept. 15 and 16, 2012, will be on the grounds of the 167th Airlift Wing at the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport, Shepherd Field in Martinsburg. Next year's open house and air show will center around a variety of military and civilian acts and displays while opening the base to the general public, according to a news release.
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NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | November 1, 2011
The 2011 Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House & Air Show, despite being cut short by the fiery crash of a post-World War II aircraft that killed a pilot, met all of its financial obligations thanks to the generosity of performers, sponsors and the community, organizers announced Tuesday. "Everyone gave back, something, somewhere," said Col. Brian Truman, vice commander of the 167th Airlift Wing Air National Guard and president of the board for Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Inc. Whether the show returns next year to the National Guard unit's base at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport remains to be decided, Truman said.
NEWS
October 6, 2011
Berkeley County Council on Thursday unanimously agreed to send a letter of support to organizers of Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House & Air Show, encouraging them to hold another air show in the future. Council member James "Jim" Whitacre proposed the letter of support, noting the air show had quickly become a "huge attraction" for the community. Council member Douglas E. Copenhaver Jr. said the air show could be held in honor of pilot John Mangan of Concord, N.C., who was killed when the North American T-28 C he was flying crashed at this year's air show on Sept.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 19, 2011
The future of the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House & Air Show remains uncertain after the plane crash Saturday that killed a pilot who was flying a post-World War II aircraft. Feeling “gut-punched” by the fiery crash of the T-28 flown by John “Jack” Mangan, organizers of what was to be a two-day show met Monday to decide how to resolve a number of  contractual and financial issues sparked by the event's abrupt cancellation at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Whether the air show returns next year to the 167th Airlift Wing base at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport is an “open-ended question,” said Col. Brian Truman, president of the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Inc. board and vice commander of the Air National Guard unit.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | September 18, 2011
Federal investigators have interviewed other pilots involved in a maneuver that killed one of their teammates Saturday afternoon during the first day of the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Air Show in Berkeley County, W.Va. The pilot of a post-World War II airplane participating in an aerobatics maneuver was killed in the crash at the 167th Airlift Wing base. The Associated Press identified the pilot as John “Flash” Mangan of Concord, N.C. Representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration spent Sunday documenting the site, obtaining video, interviewing witnesses, interviewing other pilots from the Trojan Horsemen Flight Demonstration Team and gathering statements from air traffic controllers.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | September 14, 2011
Area residents should not be alarmed if they see unusual aircraft fly overhead on Friday. Two days of Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House & Air Show performances at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport are not expected to begin until late Saturday morning, but aircraft will be flying into Shepherd Field Friday to practice for the event hosted by the 167th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard. “Safety is our top priority,” said Maj. Andrew Schmidt, the 167th Airlift Wing's public affairs officer.
NEWS
September 8, 2011
Organizers of the 2011 Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open Hour & Air Show next weekend at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport have released the following parking and travel advisory for the two-day event. Buses will shuttle spectators to the base of the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard from general event parking between Stewart Avenue and Business Park Drive. Handicapped parking will be available at the "Sino" parking lot off Novak Drive and a bus shuttle service will transport spectators near the flight line on base.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 1, 2011
Organizers of the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House and Air Show have added a little "fire" to this year's event hosted by the 167th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport.  "I don't know exactly what kind of pyrotechnics we're going to have, but we're definitely going to blow things up," Col. Brian A. Truman, vice commander of the airlift wing and president of the air show's board of directors, said during a news conference Friday. To be held Sept.
LIFESTYLE
June 13, 2011
 On May 20, 10 members of the Martinsburg Civil Air Patrol Squadron traveled to Joint Base Andrews, Md., to support and participate in the 2011 Joint Services Open House and Air Show. Martinsburg members participating were Cadet Airman Zach Arehart, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. John Dye, Cadet 2nd. Lt. Tim Dye, Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Quinn Kahsay, Cadet Basic David Kain, Cadet Airman Kenneth May, Cadet Tech Sgt. Ty Stansbury, Cadet Airman 1st Class Ian Sullivan, Capt. Gary Gourley and Maj. Russ Voelker.
NEWS
February 15, 2011
A television program filmed last summer at Fort Frederick Sate Park will air tonight on the National Geographic Channel. "Caught by the SS: The Wereth Eleven" documents the final days of 11 African-American soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion who escaped The 18th Volksgrenadiers after their unit was overrun at the start of the Battle of the Bulge, according to a National Geographic Channel promotion. Their 10-mile trek from their battery position to Wereth, Belgium, led them to take refuge with a Belgian family until a Nazi sympathizer revealed their position to an SS reconnaissance patrol.
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