LANCASTER – Thousands of aviation fans will flock to Lancaster this weekend for an air show, headlined by the famed U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
“We’ve prepared for 100,000 with parking and food. We anticipate 70,000 between the two days, but we’re hoping for more,” said Los Angeles County Air Show president J.D. Kennedy.
The inaugural Los Angeles County Air Show will take place Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, at the William J. Fox Airfield, located at 4555 West Avenue G in Lancaster. Airshow gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. each day of the two-day show.
The headlining act will be the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, in the first air show of their 2014 season.
“It’s been a long wait for us to be back, but we know that our fans are very excited to see us,” said Lt. j.g. Amber Lynn Daniel, at a welcome reception in Palmdale Wednesday night. “We’re just really looking forward to putting on an exciting, safe demonstration; and we hope that everyone comes out and sees us do what we do best, which is put on spectacular air shows.”
The Blue Angels demonstrate the precision taught to all naval aviators while flying less than 36 inches apart in the four-plane diamond, echelon and six-plane delta formations, while the opposing solos demonstrate the power and maneuverability of the Navy’s elite strike fighter, the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet. A special performance by their Lockheed C-130 support aircraft, affectionately known as ‘Fat Albert’, will also be part of the show.
Other performers include:
- Red Bull Air Force – Including Chuck Aaron in his aerobatic helicopter, Kirby Chambliss flying gravity-defying aerobatics in his Edge 540, and the Red Bull Wing Suit Flyers.
- Greg Colyer – The Ace Maker featuring the iconic Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star.
- Bill Braack – Smoke N’ Thunder Jet Car, racing close to 400 mph.
- Heritage Flight – P-51 Mustang and F-86 Sabre Jet.
- Lockheed Martin P-38 Lightning Aerobatic Demonstration.
- Korean War Demonstration – featuring a dogfight between an F-86 Sabre Jet and a Mig 15.
- Northrop N9MB Flying Wing flyovers.
- And much more!
Throughout the flight line, spectators will be able to explore static aircraft displays, interact with pilots and crewmembers, and experience interactive attractions and educational exhibits designed to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
“We designed the inaugural event to highlight airplanes and aircraft that were actually built and manufactured here in the Antelope Valley, from World War II on, so we’ve got a great lineup that will be displayed on Friday and Saturday,” Kennedy said. View the latest listing of static aircraft scheduled for display here.
“We haven’t had an air show since Edwards had to close theirs down in 2009, and we’ve been missing it,” Kennedy continued. “It’s the return of an air show that can really highlight the Antelope Valley and its rich history in aerospace.”
How to attend
General admission ticket prices for the Los Angeles County Air Show range from $10 to $20 online, and $25 at the gate. A Family Four Pack, including two adult and two child tickets, plus parking, is $50 and can only be purchased online. Only cash will be accepted for parking, or you may purchase parking vouchers online. The fee for each vehicle is $10 and does not include exit and re-entry.
To purchase tickets or parking vouchers online, or to obtain a list of locations where tickets can be purchased in person, visit http://www.lacountyairshow.com/purchase-tickets/.
For more information on the inaugural Los Angeles County Air Show, visit http://www.lacountyairshow.com/. Visit the event’s Facebook page here, for up to the minute details on the Los Angeles County Air Show.