LANCASTER – The Los Angeles County Air Show opens its gates this weekend with a lineup of performances and entertainment for the whole family at William J. Fox Airport in Lancaster.
Meet & Greet Friday
To kick off the fun-filled weekend, the Air Show will host a Performer Meet and Greet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 18, at Jethawks Stadium, located at 45116 Valley Central Way in Lancaster. As part of its 75th anniversary tribute to Pearl Harbor, the event will throw it back to the night before the tragic attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 6, 1941. Honoring the past, the free Hawaiian-themed evening will include softball (U.S. Navy Blue Angels vs. U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School), hula dancing, fire dancers, a luau show and more, according to organizers. Click here for more information on Friday’s event.
An epic lineup of performers Saturday & Sunday
Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, will feature an epic lineup of performers, with flying starting around noon and concluding around 4 p.m. at William J Fox Airfield, located at 4555 West Avenue G in Lancaster.
The lineup includes Skip Stewart Airshows, Melissa and Rex Pemberton of Pemberton Aerosports, Shockwave Jet Truck, TinStix, Kent Pietsch Airshows, Third Strike Wing-Walking, Texas Flying Legends Museum, Planes of Fame Air Museum, and the event’s headliner – the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. View a complete sequence of events for the Air Show here.
The tribute to Pearl Harbor will continue Saturday and Sunday, as Tora! Tora! Tora! recreates the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor signaling the beginning of America’s involvement in World War II.
Other event highlights
Throughout the flight line, spectators will be able to explore static aircraft displays, interact with pilots and crew members and experience attractions and educational exhibits designed to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). New this year are the STEM Expo Forums, featuring speakers from Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Scaled Composites and NASA, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
An Autograph Tent will allow fans to meet their favorite Air Show performer to get an autograph and take a “selfie”. Numerous vintage aircraft will be on display, as well.
“The whole family can enjoy a weekend filled with thrilling performances and hands-on interactive exhibits that let the imagination run wild,” said Dennis Dunbar, executive director of the Los Angeles County Air Show. “The Air Show team and our dedicated volunteers, community partners and sponsors have worked tirelessly to bring the Aerospace Valley the best of aviation while inspiring the next generation with science, technology, engineering and math with an Expo that will mesmerize and entice kids of all ages.”
Click here for a complete list of ticket prices for the 2016 Los Angeles County Air Show. Pre-sale online ticket prices are available until 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 18.