A very special holiday treat rolled into Long Beach Airport, as hundreds of people gathered for an up-close look at the flock of U.S. Marines F/A-18 aircraft stationed here over the Memorial Day weekend.
The event was hosted on the ramp at Signature Flight Support LGB, which provides space and services to the military during their time here. Those in attendance could walk right up to the jets as they rested between training exercises, and even had an opportunity to speak with the pilots. Airport personnel estimate that nearly 500 people of all ages came to the meet and greet.
Training exercises began last Thursday, lasted through the weekend and will wrap up today. Thankfully, the Marines were able to carve out a few hours of time to welcome the community on Saturday afternoon, and even with short notice the response was fantastic. There could be no better way to show appreciation for our servicemen and women this Memorial Day.
Special thanks to Signature for graciously hosting the event, the Marines for taking the time out of their busy schedules, and the community for making it all possible. Until next time!