Rescue heroes headline Miami Beach air show

A Pararescueman from the 920th Rescue Wing out of Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., enters the water from an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show, May 27, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. The 920th Rescue Wing, the Air Force Reserve’s only rescue wing, headlined the airshow, demonstrating combat-search-and-rescue capabilities, by teaming up with a HC-130P/N Combat King and four A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brandon Kalloo Sanes)

A Pararescueman from the 920th Rescue Wing out of Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., enters the water from an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show, May 27, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. The 920th Rescue Wing, the Air Force Reserve’s only rescue wing, headlined the airshow, demonstrating combat-search-and-rescue capabilities, by teaming up with a HC-130P/N Combat King and four A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brandon Kalloo Sanes)

Spectators view an aerial demonstration during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show, May 28, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brandon Kalloo Sanes)

Spectators view an aerial demonstration during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show, May 28, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brandon Kalloo Sanes)

Spectators view an aerial demonstration during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show, May 28, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brandon Kalloo Sanes)

Spectators view an aerial demonstration during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show, May 28, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brandon Kalloo Sanes)

Aircrew from the 920th Rescue Wing out of Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., fly an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show, May 26, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. The 920th Rescue Wing, the Air Force Reserve’s only rescue wing, headlined the airshow, demonstrating combat-search-and-rescue capabilities, by teaming up with a HC-130P/N Combat King and four A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brandon Kalloo Sanes)

Aircrew from the 920th Rescue Wing out of Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., fly an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show, May 26, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. The 920th Rescue Wing, the Air Force Reserve’s only rescue wing, headlined the airshow, demonstrating combat-search-and-rescue capabilities, by teaming up with a HC-130P/N Combat King and four A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brandon Kalloo Sanes)

Spectators view an aerial demonstration during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show, May 28, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)

Spectators view an aerial demonstration during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show, May 28, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)

Staff Sgt. Nathan Weiss, crew chief from the 920th Rescue Wing, works on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter near Miami Beach during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show media day May 26, 2017. Top tier U.S. military assets have assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. The 920th Rescue Wing, the Air Force Reserve’s only rescue wing, will headline the airshow by demonstrating combat-search-and-rescue capabilities by teaming up with a HC-130P/N Combat King and four A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brandon Kalloo Sanes)

Staff Sgt. Nathan Weiss, crew chief from the 920th Rescue Wing, works on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter near Miami Beach during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show media day May 26, 2017. Top tier U.S. military assets have assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. The 920th Rescue Wing, the Air Force Reserve’s only rescue wing, will headline the airshow by demonstrating combat-search-and-rescue capabilities by teaming up with a HC-130P/N Combat King and four A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brandon Kalloo Sanes)

Spectators view an aerial demonstration during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show, May 27, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)

Spectators view an aerial demonstration during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show, May 27, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)

Spectators view an aerial demonstration during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show, May 28, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)

Spectators view an aerial demonstration during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show, May 28, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)

Staff Sgt. Aaron Foote, a loadmaster with the 129th Rescue Wing, out of Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., talks to HC-130P/N Combat King during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show media day May 26, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets have assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. The 129th RQW will team up with two HH-60G Pave Hawk and four A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 920th Rescue Wing and the 442d Fighter Wing respectively, to headline the airshow by demonstrating combat-search-and-rescue capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)

Staff Sgt. Aaron Foote, a loadmaster with the 129th Rescue Wing, out of Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., talks to HC-130P/N Combat King during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show media day May 26, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets have assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. The 129th RQW will team up with two HH-60G Pave Hawk and four A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 920th Rescue Wing and the 442d Fighter Wing respectively, to headline the airshow by demonstrating combat-search-and-rescue capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)

Senior Airman Davie Brinkmann, a special mission’s aviator from the 920th Rescue Wing, preps his gear in front of an HH-60G Pave Hawk during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show media day May 26, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets have assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. The 920th Rescue Wing, the Air Force Reserve’s only rescue wing, will headline the airshow by demonstrating combat-search-and-rescue capabilities by teaming up with a HC-130P/N Combat King and four A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)
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Senior Airman Davie Brinkmann, a special mission’s aviator from the 920th Rescue Wing, preps his gear in front of an HH-60G Pave Hawk during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show media day May 26, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets have assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. The 920th Rescue Wing, the Air Force Reserve’s only rescue wing, will headline the airshow by demonstrating combat-search-and-rescue capabilities by teaming up with a HC-130P/N Combat King and four A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)

Four A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 442d Fighter Wing, out of Whiteman, Mo., fly over Miami Beach during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show media day May 26, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets have assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. The 442d FW will team up with two HH-60G Pave Hawk and an HC-130P/N Combat King aircraft from the 920th Rescue Wing and the 129th Rescue Wing respectively, to headline the airshow by demonstrating combat-search-and-rescue capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)
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Four A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 442d Fighter Wing, out of Whiteman, Mo., fly over Miami Beach during the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show media day May 26, 2017, at Miami Beach, Fla. Top tier U.S. military assets have assembled in Miami to showcase air superiority while honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day weekend. The 442d FW will team up with two HH-60G Pave Hawk and an HC-130P/N Combat King aircraft from the 920th Rescue Wing and the 129th Rescue Wing respectively, to headline the airshow by demonstrating combat-search-and-rescue capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – --

Citizen Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, joined top tier U.S. military assets from around the world in Miami Beach to demonstrate a cumulative show of air power at the National Salute to America’s Heroes Air and Sea Show May 27-28.

 

Military personnel from active, guard and reserve units performed numerous maneuvers and flight patterns along South Beach for thousands of weekend spectators.

 

“The local community can expect a renewed sense of pride regarding what U.S. armed forces can and will do to protect them,” said Col. Kurt Matthews, Wing Commander, 920th RQW. “The aerial demonstration is the perfect way to reflect this Memorial Day weekend, as we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

 

Rescue Warriors demonstrated combat-search-and-rescue capabilities by flying two HH-60G Pave Hawks over the Atlantic Ocean with Guardian Angel Airmen aboard performing open-water rescue drills.

 

“This event allowed us to demonstrate the amount of teamwork that goes into a rescue mission,” said Senior Airman Lucas Vannorsdall, pararescueman, 920th RQW. “But mostly, it was about never forgetting our brothers in arms who gave their lives so that others may live.”

 

California Air National Guardsmen piloted an HC-130P/N King while 920th Reservists flew their helicopters behind the tanker aircraft to form an air-to-air refueling formation while four Air Force Reserve A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 442d Fighter Wing, flew overhead.

 

Beach goers were treated to non-stop military aircraft flybys. The aircraft screamed past oceanside skyscrapers like a scene out of a Transformers movie.

 

“Its not everyday you get to see jets doing tricks in the air,” said Miami resident and hotel employee Cedric Jose. “It was really cool. I work on the beach and I know the guests were fascinated as much as I was because everyone had their phones out to get pictures.”  

 

Sun-drenched spectators applauded as pararescuemen swam to shore after their water demonstration. Parents took photos of their children posing with the soaked Airmen.

 

“I thought it was spectacular,” Jose said. “You don’t really get to see things like this on South Beach. Watching them (pararescuemen) come down and get in the water, was a memorable and personable experience.”

 

The 920th RQW is the nation’s only Air Force Reserve rescue unit. Its mission is to provide life-saving medical support to U.S. armed forces and coalition partners.