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After hiatus, popular Andrews air show to return in September 2015

The air show at Joint Base Andrews, a popular annual event for more than 50 years until it was grounded in recent years by budget cuts, will return in September 2015, base officials said Tuesday.

The free show is scheduled for Sept. 19 at the base in Prince George's County. Plans include aerial performances by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, displays of modern and vintage aircraft and appearances by the U.S. Air Force Band.

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"The Air Show is Joint Base Andrews' opportunity to say thank you to our community, the state and the National Capital Region for all their incredible support," said Air Force Col. Brad Hoagland, commander of Joint Base Andrews and the 11th Wing. "We hope everyone will come out and enjoy the show."

The show was last held in 2012 as a two-day event. After that edition, officials announced plans to make it an every-other-year event. But they canceled the 2014 edition, and said they did not know when they would have the funds to stage the event again.

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The 2015 Joint Base Andrews Air Show will commemorate the 68th anniversary of the Air Force, the 100th anniversary of the Naval Reserve, and other military milestones, officials said.

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