Los Angeles County Air Show, Inc. and Edwards Air Force Base Announce Air Show Update
ANTELOPE VALLEY, CA (March 13, 2019) – As announced last October, the Los Angeles County Air Show, Inc. Board of Directors and senior leadership at Edwards Air Force Base continue to work toward solidifying a formal multi-year partnership to conduct air shows within “Aerospace Valley.” This unique partnership paves the way to resume air shows at Edwards Air Force Base, as the last public air show on the base was in 2009.
The previously announced October 2019 air show dates for the LACAS event have been moved to March 2020 in order to accommodate the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team. The year 2020 will feature “doubleheader” events with air shows scheduled for March 2020 at General William J. Fox Air Field and October 2020 at Edwards Air Force Base.
According to LACAS President, Mike VanKirk, “Last December, at the ICAS convention, the Blue Angels communicated their desire to kick off their 2020 season at the LACAS at Fox Field in Lancaster. After careful consideration, the LACAS Board of Directors agreed that accommodating the Blue Angels schedule is in the best interest of our air show, our fans, and our key stakeholders.”
Air Show dates for 2020 are:
- March 21-22, 2020 at William J. Fox Airfield, Lancaster, Calif. featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels;
- and October 10-11, 2020 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
The plan going forward is to rotate bi-annual shows starting in 2021 with the following
- October 15-17, 2021 at William J. Fox Airfield, Lancaster, Calif.;
- October 14-16, 2022 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
“Team Edwards is very excited to move forward with our LACAS partners to bring an air show back to Edwards Air Force Base, “the center of the aerospace testing universe,” said Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert, 412th Test Wing Commander. “Our unique community partnership will establish a one-of-a-kind, world-class Aerospace Valley Air Show that will showcase this amazing location as the primary place on the planet for aerospace expertise, innovation, and partnerships. It will also provide an incredible opportunity to inspire, encourage, and educate adults and children alike while demonstrating what we at Edwards provide to the warfighter. We are proud to be a key part of the Air Show and to work with the superb team at the LACAS.”
In 2019, Los Angeles County Air Show, Inc. will host key community events, including a large interactive Aerospace Valley STEM exhibition at the Antelope Valley Fair, August 16-25, 2019. “Our commitment to inspire and connect our local youth to STEM has not wavered. In 2019 along with many of our air show partners, we will host an impressive, interactive Aerospace Valley STEM event that is second to none at this year’s Antelope Valley Fair. This will be a great way to engage both young and seasoned air show fans. Having the opportunity to have an impressive footprint at an iconic event like the AV Fair is invaluable to raise awareness for our future shows as we gear up for an exciting doubleheader air show year in 2020,” VanKirk said.
For updates and information, visit lacountyairshow.com
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