Jet fly-over will kick-off 2010 World Ag Expo

TULARE, Calif., (AgPR), Feb. 8, 2010 — International Agri-Center volunteers and officials will roar in the 43rd World Ag Expo on Tuesday, February 9, with a jet flyover at 9:50 a.m. following World Ag Expo’s opening ceremonies.

Keep your eyes to the sky, as two F/A-18F Super Hornets from Strike Fighter Squadron 122, "The Flying Eagles," based out of Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore will take to the skies to help celebrate the opening of the world’s largest annual agricultural expo. Pilots executing the maneuvers are Lt. Jeremy Newton from La Porte, Texas and Weapons System Officer Lt. Jeff Creighan from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. along with Lieutenant. Commander Abram Stroot from Belleville, Ill. and Weapons System Officer Lt. Nick Willet from Westminster, Md.. Assisting on the ground is Lt. Scott Koch from Manhattan Beach, Calif.

The fighter jets will streak across the sky entering from the West end of the grounds and exiting toward the snow-covered Sierras immediately following a performance of our national anthem.

NAS Lemoore is the Navy’s newest, largest, and only West Coast Master Jet base. Its principal mission is to support Strike-Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet and its mission is to train, man, and equip west coast Strike-Fighter squadrons. Equipped with facilities to handle the most modern tactical aircraft, NAS Lemoore fulfills a critical role in the nation's defense. NAS Lemoore hosts 14 operational Strike-Fighter squadrons, two Strike-Fighter Fleet Replacement squadrons, and all four west coast Carrier Air Wing Commanders and their staffs. With a single focus on offensive tactical strike-fighter operations, the 283 F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets stationed at Lemoore flew over 250,000 flight operations last year – roughly equivalent to the nation’s 32nd busiest civilian airport.

The 43rd annual World Ag Expo 2010, powering global agriculture, will run February 9-11 at the International Agri-Center show grounds in Tulare, Calif. An estimated 100,000 visitors from 67 countries are expected to attend World Ag Expo this year. The expo is the largest annual agricultural show of its kind with 1,600 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds.

World Ag Expo tickets are $12 at the gate. Attendees who register for their World Ag Expo Collectors’ badges at one of the three onsite registration centers will receive complimentary admission to West Coast Nationals on the same day and will be automatically entered to win a Yamaha Rhino 700 FI 4x4, “Free Fuel for a Year” from Fleet Card Fuels and 1-year use of a Massey Ferguson 2680 HD.