June 16, 2014 –The United States Customs and Border Protection will bring three aircraft to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, including a helicopter and two fixed-wing airplanes. The CBP is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and has the mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.
CBP display aircraft include an AS350 AStar helicopter, Cessna Citation 550, and Bombardier DHC-8. The helicopter is a short-range, turbine-powered aircraft used by CBP’s Office of Air and Marine to perform aerial patrol and surveillance missions. The AStar will be on display inside the Federal Pavilion.
The Cessna Citation 550 is a medium-range, fixed-wing, weather tactical jet used to intercept and track airborne drug smugglers, and to enforce airspace security over critical venues like presidential inaugurations. Look for the CBP’s Citation parked outside the Federal Pavilion.
The Bombardier DHC-8 will be on display on the EAA Plaza and is a fixed-wing, medium-range, multi-role patrol aircraft equipped with multimode radar and electro-optical sensors, which can detect and monitor maritime and surface targets.
Eric Rembold, director of the Northern Region Office of Air and Marine, said CBP is honored to once again be part of this year’s convention. “It’s always a privilege when we are able to get out and meet our fellow aviators in the general aviation community as well as aviation enthusiasts,” Rembold said.