St. Paul --
The 133rd Airlift Wing of the Minnesota Air National Guard is
hosting an Air Expo on Saturday, July 16th, 2011, to celebrate its 90th
anniversary. This special event is open to the public, free of charge and
will be held at the 133rd Airlift Wing, located on the north side of the
Minneapolis - Saint Paul International Airport near historic Fort Snelling.
The Air Expo commemorates the heritage of the unit with the 1921 decision to
make Minnesota's 109th Aero Squadron the first federally recognized Air
National Guard flying unit in the country.
To help mark this significant, historical event the 133rd Airlift Wing
invites the public to come to the base to view various current U.S. Air
Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve aircraft, including the
unit's own C-130H "Hercules" transport aircraft. Other aircraft scheduled
to be on display include additional cargo, fighter and special purpose
airframes as well as several heritage aircraft. Also participating are
impressive special demonstration groups such as the U.S. Air Force Honor
Guard Drill and Ceremonies Team and the U.S. Special Operations Command
Parachute Demonstration Team known as the "Para-Commandos".
The Air Guard base is located near the Fort Snelling light rail station. There will be plenty of free parking for the event. Please visit the web site for periodic updates: www.133aw.ang.af.mil