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NEWS | Feb. 19, 2020

433rd Airlift Wing C-5M Super Galaxy makes appearance at Laredo air show

By Tech. Sgt. Iram Carmona 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 433rd Airlift Wing’s C-5M Super Galaxy out of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland was part of the 22nd annual Stars and Stripes Air Show during the 123rd Washington’s Birthday Celebration in Laredo, Texas, Feb. 16.

The air show brought in new and returning spectators to come and view up-close different aircraft from various parts of the world and vehicles from the military and from various police departments to include multiple vendors and sponsors.

The C-5M was on display and opened for attendees to look in it and outside of it. Along with getting an close-up look, the aircraft also provided many photo opportunities for new and returning attendees.

“I believe having the C-5M Super Galaxy at this event allows the public to see the aircraft inside and out while also meeting the team,” said Tech. Sgt. Christopher Arthur, 317th Recruiting Squadron Air Force Recruiter.

Before the flight demonstrations began, an opening ceremony was held, where the Washington Birthday Celebration Association council thanked various guests, sponsors, and founders.

Lt. Col. John E. Sebesta, 68th Airlift Squadron pilot, who was this year’s grand marshal, was presented with a plaque and a WBCA honorary leather jacket for his role as the official 2020 Stars and Stripes Air Show Marshal.

In addition to being grand marshal for this year’s airshow, Sebesta was kept busy by participating in several other airshow events; He officiated a re-enlistment for a 433rd AW member, whose hometown is Laredo. He also performed a swearing-in for Air Force recruiters for recruits bound for Air Force Basic Military Training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

“Mike Marasco and the WBCA were awesome hosts, and I can’t think of anything better than to bring a Texas C-5M to the kind folks of Laredo,” Sebesta said.

The WBCA Stars & Stripes Air Show is a part of an annual event that commemorates Washington’s Birthday that takes place in Laredo.