Hyundai Air & Sea Show hosts preview event ahead of return this weekend

OPA-LOCKA, Florida. – New members of the US Armed Forces were sworn in at US Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa-locka on Friday as part of a preview event ahead of this weekend’s Hyundai Air & Sea Show .

The annual event, held in Miami Beach each Memorial Day weekend, honors fallen service members and showcases cutting-edge military technology. It is one of a number Memorial Day events held in South Florida.

After the enlistment ceremony, local media got a chance to see some of the high-tech equipment.

“Usually in America we start on Memorial Day, it’s a long weekend, we focus on the start of summer, barbecues and we also prepare for the summer period,” Lt. Gen. of the U.S. Army Maria R. Gervais. “But it’s also a great opportunity to have a show like this.”

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“I’ll tell you, service to our nation, you truly understand what it means to stand up for what we cherish so dearly,” she added.

Local 10 also spoke with Captain Aimee “Rebel” Fiedler, a US Air Force F-16 fighter pilot who will be flying over South Florida over the weekend.

“It’s a single seater, single engine but it makes a ton of noise so if you can’t see me you’re going to hear me flying,” Fiedler said. “(People) can expect a really cool show. It will take about 20 minutes. I’ll be demonstrating on a single ship, which means I’ll be the only person flying. I’m going to do some flips and tricks. It will be really cool and engaging.

“It should make (people) proud to be Americans,” she added.

For more information on the Air & Mer Show, visit the event website.

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Joseph K. Bennett