Holloman Air, Space Expo

2018 Holloman Air and Space Expo

A CV-22 Osprey and MC-130 Commando II demonstrate air-to-air refueling over Holloman Air Force Base during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house in N.M., May 5, 2018. Holloman opened its gates to the public to show the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, several static displays and a show from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chase Cannon)

A T-33 Acemaker soars over Holloman Air Force Base during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house in N.M., May 5, 2018. Holloman opened its gates to the public to show some of the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, several static displays and a show from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

A T-33 Acemaker soars over Holloman Air Force Base during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house in N.M., May 5, 2018. Holloman opened its gates to the public to show some of the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, several static displays and a show from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

2018 Holloman Air and Space Expo

A CV-22 Osprey deploys Airmen during a capability exercise at Holloman Air Force Base during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house in N.M., May 5, 2018. Holloman opened its gates to the public to show the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, several static displays and a show from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Team. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Alexis Doherty)

2018 Holloman Air and Space Expo

Patrons watch as an Air Force Academy Wings of Blue Airmen descends from the sky during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., May 5, 2018. Thousands turned out for displays of airpower throughout the day at Holloman's Air and Space Expo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

Four heritage aircraft fly over Holloman Air Force Base during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house in N.M., May 5, 2018. Holloman opened its gates to the public to show some of the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, several static displays and a show from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

Four heritage aircraft fly over Holloman Air Force Base during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house in N.M., May 5, 2018. Holloman opened its gates to the public to show some of the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, several static displays and a show from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

2018 Holloman Air and Space Expo

Patrons watch as an a Vought F4U Corsair taxis in during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., May 5, 2018. Thousands turned out for displays of airpower throughout the day at Holloman's Air and Space Expo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

2018 Holloman Air and Space Expo

An Air Force Academy Wings of Blue Airman descends from the sky above Holloman Air Force Base during a capability exercise at the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house in N.M., May 5, 2018. Holloman opened its gates to the public to show the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, several static displays and a show from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Doherty)

2018 Holloman Air and Space Expo

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, P-51 Mustang and T-6 Texan soar over Holloman Air Force Base during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house in N.M., May 5, 2018. Holloman opened its gates to the public to show the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, several static displays and a show from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chase Cannon)

2018 Holloman Air and Space Expo

A T-28 Trojan soars over Holloman Air Force Base during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house in N.M., May 5, 2018. Holloman opened its gates to the public to show the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, several static displays and a show from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chase Cannon)

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An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot shows off for the crowd during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house in N.M., May 5, 2018. Holloman opened its gates to the public to show the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, several static displays and a show from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chase Cannon)

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Planned explosions pop off during a capability exercise at Holloman Air Force Base during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house in N.M., May 5, 2018. Holloman opened its gates to the public to show the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, several static displays and a show from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Team. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Alexis Doherty)

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An F-16 Fighting Falcon fires flares during a demonstration over Holloman Air Force Base during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house in N.M., May 5, 2018. Holloman opened its gates to the public to show the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, several static displays and a show from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chase Cannon)

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Patrons watch as an Air Force AMC-130J taxis out during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., May 5, 2018. Thousands turned out for displays of airpower throughout the day at Holloman's Air and Space Expo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

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Patrons watch as an MC-130J flys over during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., May 5, 2018. Thousands turned out for displays of airpower throughout the day at Holloman's Air and Space Expo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

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Patrons watch as an Air Force VC-22 Osprey comes in to land during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., May 5, 2018. Thousands turned out for displays of airpower throughout the day at Holloman's Air and Space Expo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

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A T-28 Trojan soars over Holloman Air Force Base during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house in N.M., May 5, 2018. Holloman opened its gates to the public to show the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, several static displays and a show from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Team. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Alexis Doherty)

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A CV-22 Osprey and MC-130 Commando II demonstrate air-to-air refueling over Holloman Air Force Base during the 2018 Legacy of Liberty open house in N.M., May 5, 2018. Holloman opened its gates to the public to show the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team, several static displays and a show from the Air Force Academy's Wings of Blue Team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Doherty)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE, N.M. --

Holloman hosted the Air and Space Expo ‘Legacy of Liberty,’ May 5, 2018.

This open event to the public was an opportunity to invite our local community members and guests, and to showcase the mission of the U.S. Air Force and the 49th Wing.

“This is our first Air and Space Expo in four years,” said Col. Houston Cantwell, 49th Wing commander.

Holloman has had years of support across southern New Mexico, and those supporters are key to our success.

“The Expo gives the community a chance to interact with the military on the installation itself, so they can find out what we do on base, this mission,” said Maj. Aaron Calhoon, air show director. “We do not get to do this very often, so we are excited to bring this type of event to the area,”  

Community and military members alike got to spend the day celebrating the evolution of airpower through aerial performers, warbirds and static displays, while visiting tents, booths, vendors and more. There was no shortage of things to do.

First were the aerial performances, which included the Air Force Academy Wings of Blue and Performance Team, T-33 Acemaker, CAF High Sky Wing, Cavanaugh Flight Museum Flight, Trojan Phylers, Air Education and Training demonstration, Air Combat Command’s F-16 single ship demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper demonstration, the U.S. Air Force demonstration and the Airpower demonstration.

“I am most looking forward to the Heritage Flight, seeing the P-51 with the Viper next to each other, I have never seen that before,” said 1st Lt. Brian Davis, F-16 Viper Demonstration Team safety officer.

In between the performances, people had the opportunity to walk around the Expo to see other military aircraft accompanied by personnel.

“The community can see what we do, see the airplanes and talk to the crew members,” said Master Sgt. Joey Meyers, 6th Air Refueling Squadron operator.

The static displays were the Coast Guard C-144, German Tornado, MQ-9 Reaper, F-16 Fighting Falcon, T-6 Texan II, PC-12, F-14 Phantom, T-38 Talon, F-35 Lightning II, UH-1N Huey and more.

The warbirds consisted of the P-40 Warhawk, B-2, C-45, Russian Yak, Grumman TBM Avenger, Vought F4U Corsair, B-17, SNJ-5 and the P-51 Mustang.

“The best part of the day was getting to look at all the planes and sit in the cockpits,” said Bryce Lynch, Otero County local teen.

From current military members to veterans, casual attendees to air show fanatics, young and old, the Air and Space Expo was a success!

“Our Air and Space Expo is just one way we can say ‘thank you,’ to our neighbors,” Cantwell said.

To check out more coverage of the event please go to our Holloman AFB- 49th Wing Facebook page, or go to holloman.af.mil.