The Los Angeles County Air Show today announced its inaugural 2014 show dates, ticket availability and headlining act, U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. The Show, scheduled for March 21-22, 2014, at William J. Fox Airport, will be the Squadron’s first air show of their 2014 season, which begins after leaving winter training at NAS El Centro.
The flight team demonstrates 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. The Blue Angels demonstration will also include a performance by their Lockheed C-130 support aircraft, affectionately known as Fat Albert.
“The Blue Angels are more than just the iconic blue and gold airplanes you see in pictures and video,” said Dennis Dunbar, director of the Los Angeles County Air Show. “They are representatives of the excellence and professionalism found throughout the fleet. Each member exemplifies integrity, unselfish service and commitment in all efforts — true role models and heroes for today’s youth to look up to.”
The mission of the Blue Angels is to enhance Navy recruiting, and credibly represent Navy and Marine Corps aviation to the United States and its Armed Forces to America and other countries as international ambassadors of good will. An estimated 11 million spectators view the squadron during air shows each year. Additionally, the Blue Angels visit more than 50,000 people a show season (March through November) during school and hospital visits.
“As the nation’s aerospace manufacturing and testing capital, the Antelope Valley, home to Skunks Works, Edwards Air Force Base, Plant 42, and NASA, is the perfect venue for the Los Angeles County Air Show,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. “We look forward to this opportunity and welcome the Blue Angels to our community.”
In addition to the Blue Angels, the Air Show will feature several of the top air show performers from around the country including high-energy aerobatics, barnstorming and various warbirds. The Show will also focus on the innovative aircraft whose roots are tied to the Antelope Valley. On the ground, 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).
“Air Shows are patriotic, family-friendly events,” said JD Kennedy, president of the Los Angeles County Air Show. “We want to use the Air Show to inspire the youth and spark interest in STEM-based education thus helping to provide the next generation of aerospace professionals in the Antelope Valley.”
The Los Angeles County Air Show web site will be updated regularly with news, attraction information and more. Fans can follow the Airshow on Facebook and Twitter (@LACountyAirShow).
About Los Angeles County Air Show
The Los Angeles County Air Show, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the importance of aviation for continued economic growth, inspiration and educational opportunities for our youth, and enhancing awareness for the service and sacrifice of our military men and women. The mission of the Air Show will, in part, be accomplished by giving back to the needs of the community through a regional scholarship program for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math or aerospace. For more information about the Los Angeles County Air Show, please visit www.lacountyairshow.com.