Los Angeles County
Air Show Flying in March 19 - 20
Story by Greg Aragon
here is an awesome getaway on my radar and it's not just a minor blip
or some kind of bogie. It is the Los Angeles Country Air Show and it
is flying into the William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster, CA March 19
The show, powered by Lockheed Martin, will feature a
host of amazing, gravity-defying performers, including the legendary
Blue Angels, a tribute to Pearl Harbor featuring the Commemorative Air
Tora! Tora!, wing-walking demonstrations, numerous historic
aircraft, a patriotic parachute team, a jet-powered semi-truck and more.
Scores of rare and historic aircraft will fly into
Lancaster, CA for LA Air Show (courtesy photo)
The Air Show will also feature several of the top air
show performers from around the country such as high-energy aerobatics,
barnstorming and various warbirds, while additionally focusing on the
innovative aircraft whose roots are tied to the Antelope Valley and
the Lancaster area. On the ground, 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).
We have an epic line up of performers planned
for the 2016 Air Show, says Dennis Dunbar, executive director
of the Los Angeles County Air Show. We are bringing some of the
best aerobatic performers and wing-walkers from around the country to
the Aerospace Valley along with warbirds, military aircraft, pyrotechnics
and so much more.
The legendary Blue Angels will highlight the event
I can't wait to the see the US Navy's Blue Angels. Demonstrating
incredible mid-air precision, this team elite pilots will maneuver their
Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter jets across the sky, sometimes flying
only 18 inches apart. The Blue Angels demonstration will also include
a performance by their Lockheed C-130 support aircraft, affectionately
known as 'Fat Albert.'
I'm also looking forward to seeing Tora! Tora! Tora!,
a recreation of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, which signaled
signaling the beginning of Americas involvement in World War II.
An emotional and factual narration complete with President Roosevelts
address, the interactive exhibit will take visitors back in time as
it salutes fallen soldiers on both sides of the conflict.
Wing walkers will also thrill the crowd (courtesy
The performance will include replica Japanese Zero
fighters, Kate torpedo bombers and Val dive bomber aircraft. Designed
as a living history lesson, it is choreographed with realistic explosions,
fire, smoke and precision flying all set to music.
SHOCKWAVE!, the fastest truck in the world
will also be at the show (courtesy photo)
Another must-see performance for me will be SHOCKWAVE!,
the reigning Guinness Book World Record Speed holder for fastest jet
truck. Owned and operated by father and son team, Neal and Chris Darnell
of Darnell Racing Enterprises, Shockwave is a triple-jet engine Peterbilt
Semi, boasting 36,000 horsepower and a top speed of 376 MPH.
Other show highlights are sure to include the Third
Strike wing-walkers, who will not only demonstrate the teams original
wing-walking routine, but will be followed by the industrys only
dual wing-walking act featuring two stunt-women traveling atop a vintage
Stearman bi-plane. And the Patriot Parachute Team. This group of professional
parachutists who formerly served as Navy SEALs, will stun the crowd
with their precision aerial antics and landings.
The Los Angeles County Air Show will be held March 19-20,
2016 at William J. Fox Airfield at 4555 W Avenue G, Lancaster, CA 93536.
Air Show gates open at 9 am and close at 4 pm, with performances from
approximately Noon to 3:30 pm each day. Tickets are $20 for adults;
$15 ages 6 - 12; and 5 and under free. Food will be available for purchase.
Organizers advise guests to bring things such as sunscreen, hat, sungasses,
cameras, comfortable walking shoes, lawn chairs, blankets, ear plugs,
and cash for parking and concession purchases. For more information,
tickets, a list of nearby lodging, visit: www.lacountyairshow.com.
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