Wednesday, August 10, 2022

If you see smoke coming from NAS Oceana on 9/11, don’t panic. Here’s what’s up

An F/A-18 Super Hornet during a demonstration at the air show in 2017. (Rami Yoakum/Southside Daily)
An F/A-18 Super Hornet during a demonstration at the air show in 2017. (Rami Yoakum/Southside Daily)

VIRGINIA BEACH — In preparation for air show performances which feature fire, Naval Air Station Oceana will conduct a pre-show controlled burn of airfield vegetation Wednesday.

The controlled burn will reduce the potential for “unplanned fires” that could happen during the air show.

The burn is anticipated to last a day and be completed one hour prior to sunset, NAS Oceana officials said.

During the procedure, residents may experience smoke coming from the base.

Additionally, aircrew stationed at NAS Oceana will practice air power and tactical demonstration flight routines starting at 10 a.m. Thursday and ending Sept. 18.

Some of the high-performance maneuvers will be noticeably louder than the normal day-to-day operations at NAS Oceana.

Also this week, routine flight operations will be conducted by aircraft operating at NAS Oceana and Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress. There are no curfews in effect at these installations.

Some flights may therefore occur late at night, officials said.

The NAS Oceana Air Show is free and open to the public on Sept. 21 and 22.

For information on the air show visit: www.oceanaairshow.com

Related Articles

MORE FROM AUTHOR