Power In The Pines 2023 Joint Base Air Show: What To Know

JOINT BASE McGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NJ — The Power in the Pines Air & Space Open House returns to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the first time the show has been held since 2018.

The event is free and the general public is invited to attend on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21. Gates will open at 9 a.m. both days and close at 4 p.m. Opening ceremonies, including the playing of the national anthem, are set for 11:30 a.m.

The show will be held if it rains, though some flying demonstrations may be postponed or canceled, unless the weather poses a serious threat to the safety of the visitors and participants.

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The show has a full lineup of air performers, static ground displays of aircraft and equipment, and an array of hands-on STEM activities, demonstrations including 3-D printing, remote-control tank races, science experiments presented by Rutgers and more; see the list and schedule below.


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Three gates will be open to the general public. Visitors can enter at the main gate at McGuire Boulevard, and the Lang Lois Gate at the McGuire RV storage lot, both of which are accessible from Route 616, also known as Wrightstown-Cookstown Road and as East Main Street. (See the map.)

The third gate that will be open to the public is on the Pemberton side at Route 68, off Fort Dix Road. On Google Maps you can find it by entering JBMDL Hemingway Gate. (See the map.)

There will be shuttle buses from the parking areas to the event, and dedicated handicap parking at the Romeo Ramp but no handicap shuttle buses.

No ID is required to enter the base at the three general public gates.


Here is a list of what you can bring, followed by what you cannot bring. All items are subject to being searched.

You can bring: Strollers and wagons for toddlers; Diaper bags; Small folding chairs or camping chairs; Women’s purses; Handicapped items such as wheelchairs; Cameras, video recorders, and binoculars, mono/ tripods; Small handheld umbrellas; Sunscreen; Sealed bottles of water; Empty bottles to fill for water; Fanny packs; Personal handbags; Small ice bags for medicine or baby formula/milk.

You cannot bring: Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives, pocket tools, scissors, box cutters, nun chucks, batons, mace and pepper spray, firearms of any type); Large, heavy chain-link jewelry or belts; Drones; Laser pointers; Toys that resemble firearms; Grills, Fireworks, sky lanterns; Spray paint and Silly String; Glass containers of any kind; Alcohol, illegal drugs, marijuana, CBD and hemp products; Vapes; Bicycles, Scooters, Skateboards, Heelies, roller skates & blades; Coolers; Helium balloons, beach balls; Ruck sacks, backpacks (Except clear/mesh bags); Frequency Scanners; Large shade umbrella or shade tents; Large lawn chairs, folding beach lounge chair, anti-gravity chairs (standard-size lawn chairs are authorized).

Pets are not permitted except service animals assisting those with disabilities.

No food or beverages other than sealed water bottles will be permitted; there will be food and beverages available for purchase and there will be ATMs available on site. Refillable water bottles are welcome and there will be water available for free refills.

Visitors are encouraged to bring some kind of hearing protection because of the noise generated by the jets taking off, landing and performing.

It’s recommended that visitors wear sunscreen and sunglasses and bug spray, bring a hat, and wear comfortable shoes because of the amount of walking in the sun. There will be portable bathrooms throughout the Open House grounds.

The airshow is a chance for the public to get a glimpse at some of the 14 different aircraft stationed at the Joint Base, which encompasses about 2,900 acres of land. More than 48,000 people live and/or work at the Joint Base.

The show costs about $260,000 to run, base officials said, which includes fuel for the aircraft and a practice run for participating locally based aircraft. The majority of the costs are for safety and security needs during the event, officials said.

Additional information can be found on the air show page on the Joint Base website.


The following aircraft and groups will perform in the air for the crowd:

F-16 Viper Demo Team: The F-16C Falcon Block 50 is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft and the primary weapons system for the 20th Fighter Wing. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in more than 30 years of operations. Learn about the Viper team members.

U.S. Army Golden Knights: The Parachute Team is one of only three Department of Defense-sanctioned aerial demonstration teams. Learn more about the team.

Warbird Thunder: A 12-minute airshow performance featuring the North American SNJ Texan, a former WWII Navy advanced training aircraft.

Extreme Flight: The flying performance and air show team aims to empower and educate the next generation of aviators by combining pop culture with STEM concepts.

Rick Volker and the Sukhoi SU-26M: Rick Volker is an International Aerobatic Club pilot. He’s rated in the unlimited category with a surface waiver. This gives him special permissions and extended privileges when performing at air shows.

“That’s All Brother”: This is a Douglas C-47 Skytrain aircraft that led the formation of 800 others from which approximately 13,000 U.S. paratroopers jumped on D-Day, June 6, 1944, the beginning of the liberation of France in the last two years of World War II.

“Helldiver”: The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver is a dive bomber developed by Curtiss-Wright during World War II, as a carrier-based bomber with the United States Navy (USN), in Pacific theaters.

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B-25 “Panchito”: A force of 16 B-25 medium-size bombers lifted the hopes of a wounded America as pilot Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle led his squadron on a strike against Japan in the months following Pearl Harbor. “Panchito” served with the 396th Bomb Squadron, 41st Bomb Group, 7th Air Force on Okinawa during summer 1945.

U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin: The Eurocopter MH-65 Dolphin is a twin-engine helicopter operated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for medevac-capable search and rescue (SAR) and armed Airborne Use of Force missions.

F-15C: The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield, and its weapons and flight control systems are designed so one person can safely and effectively perform air-to-air combat.

CH-53E Super Stallion: HMH-772 is a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-53E Super Stallion transport helicopters; they carry service personnel to augment and reinforce regular forces.

AH-1Z Cobra: The Cobra, developed from the Huey, was the mainstay of U.S. Army attack aviation from its combat debut in South Vietnam during 1967 until replaced by the AH-64 Apache in the 1980s and ’90s.

UH-1Y Venom: The UH-1Y, which entered service in 2008, replaced the Marine Corps’ aging fleet of UH-1N Twin Huey light utility helicopters.

UH-60M Black Hawk: The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter is the U.S. Army’s primary medium-lift utility transport and air assault aircraft.

C-17 Globemaster III: McGuire’s C-17s play a significant role in the transport of air cargo and personnel around the world. Our crews were pivotal in Operation Allies Refuge in August 2021 where more than 124,000 people were evacuated to various destinations around the world, including here at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, following the Taliban’s takeover of the country. The C-17’s large payload capacity and ability to operate on short runways made it an ideal choice for this mission.

KC-135 Stratotanker: The KC-135 provides aerial refueling capability for the United States and her allies. It also has the ability to transport patients using patient support pallets during aeromedical evacuations.

KC-46 Pegasus: The KC-46A tanker is the newest addition at the Joint Base, and is delivering fuel, data and multi-mission capability for the U.S. and allies around the globe.

KC-10 Extender: The KC-10 is a military version of the three-engine DC-10 airliner, with military-specific equipment for its primary roles of boom and drogue aerial refueling and transport. The KC-10 was used extensively for combat operations and was instrumental in the early stages of support for Ukraine and the evacuation efforts of Afghanistan. The aircraft is expected to be phased out of service by the end of 2024.


MARINES: CH-53 E Super Stallion; AH-1Z Cobra; UH-1Y Venom

ARMY: UH-60M Black Hawk; UH-72 Lakota; C-12 Huron; AH-64 Apache

NAVY: C-130T Hercules

AIR FORCE: MQ-9 Reaper; T-1 Jayhawk; T-38 Talon; F-16 Fighting Falcon; C-17 Globemaster III;
KC-135 Stratotanker; KC-46 Pegasus; KC-10 Extender

CIVILIAN: C-172 Skyhawk; C-182 Skylane; DC-3; L-19/O-1; PA-28; Mooney M20J


The following organizations will have displays, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for adults and children at the airshow. Click the name for more information on the organization or activity:

This is the schedule for both days of the show, as published by the Joint Base:

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