Daytona Beach, FL (PRWEB) September 13, 2012
Embry-Riddle’s Wings & Waves, North America’s only air show to host three jet demonstration teams – including the world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds – is scheduled to take to the skies over the Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 13-14, 2012, in Daytona Beach.
The free event, which begins at 11 a.m. daily beachside at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, will wrap up a week-long celebration of Embry-Riddle’s Homecoming.
Beachside, Embry-Riddle Prescott alums Major J.R. Williams (lead pilot No. 5) and Amber Alumpe (Aircrew Flight Equipment Specialist) along with Daytona Beach alum Major Jason Moore (maintenance officer) of the Thunderbirds, world-record holding skydiver Cheryl Stearns, and GEICO Skytyper lead solo pilot Steve Salmirs, along with Embry-Riddle sponsored aerobatic performer Matt Chapman will be hitting the skies to perform Saturday and Sunday.
“Wings and Waves Air Show is such a unique venue for me,” said Stearns. “It is a tight landing area on the beach and when I exit the plane, I have water on one side and buildings on the other. It's such a thrill for me to open the show by jumping in with the American flag as the national anthem is played.”
In addition to Embry-Riddle’s title sponsorship, other sponsors include Hilton Daytona Beach Hilton Oceanfront, Bright House Networks, the Orlando Sentinel, GEICO, LoPresti, Goodyear, Whelen, Air National Guard, Volusia County, City of Daytona Beach, WNDB1150 and KRO93.1
For sponsorship involvement, volunteer opportunities, visitor information and media registration, go to the event’s official website http://www.wingsandwaves.com or contact Rick Grissom at (386) 256-0451.
Special Homecoming events open to the public include a Homecoming Parade on Oct. 7. More details to come soon on Embry-Riddle’s Homecoming events and schedule. For more information, go to http://www.eraualumni.org/homecoming2012.
About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit http://www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and http://www.facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.
Photo caption: Embry-Riddle Prescott campus alum Major J.R. Williams (Thunderbird 5, Lead Solo pilot) and Captain Blaine Jones (Thunderbird 6, Opposing Solo pilot) perform the Reflection Pass during the Arctic Thunder Air show at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 28, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr., Released)
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