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Release No: 144-98
April 03, 1998

U.S. MILITARY PARTICIPATES IN BERLIN AIR SHOW

American military hardware and personnel will be strongly represented at this year's Berlin Air Show in Berlin, Germany, May 18-24, 1998. Various models of U.S. military aircraft and about 200 aircrew and support personnel from bases in Europe and the U.S. are scheduled to attend.

Equipment scheduled for static display at the show includes: the F-16C/D Fighting Falcon, F-15E Strike Eagle, C-130E Hercules, F/A-18 Hornet, UH-60 Black Hawk, and AH-64A Apache. U.S. military personnel attending the show will provide aircrew, maintenance, and administrative support services.

The Berlin Air Show is one of the premier events of its type in the world. U.S. military participation contributes to a number of U.S. security and foreign policy interests through promoting standardization and interoperability of equipment with our NATO allies and other potential coalition partners, highlighting the strength of the U.S. commitment to the security of Europe, and demonstrating to a large audience that U.S. industry is producing the kinds of equipment that will be critical to the success of military operations in the future.

One of the highlights of this year's air show will be the 50th anniversary celebration of the Berlin airlift.