To mark the 70th anniversary of the first supersonic flight on Oct. 14, 1947, following the formal ceremony Edwards Air Force Base will launch two formation flights which are scheduled to pass over Southern California schools today as part of its outreach to support STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education.
The first formation – two F-16 Fighting Falcons and a B-1B Lancer – will fly on a route over the Antelope Valley and Bakersfield, California.
The second formation – an F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15 Eagle, F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II – is scheduled to fly a flight path over several cities in Southern California, including, Santa Clarita, Canyon Country, San Bernardino, Colton, Riverside, Costa Mesa, Long Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Agoura Hills, Simi Valley, Granada Hills, and Palmdale.
The second formation is scheduled to fly over the SCV between 12:28 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. and should be seen over Dr. J. Michael McGrath Elementary School, Valley View Elementary School, and Leona Cox Elementary School.
Both flights paths will be at an altitude low enough for easy viewing by the general public.