In The Sky – 2020

Los Angeles County Air Show - March 2020

Check out some of the performers that you can expect at the Los Angeles County Airshow, March 21 and 22, 2020.

Make sure to check back often as new performers and acts are announced!

 

 

*All performers and schedules subject to change.

Navy Blue Angels

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2020 is the US Navy Blue Angels’ 74th Anniversary and also marks the Blue Angels’ 34th year flying the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet.

The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.

The team is stationed at Forrest Sherman Field, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, during the air show season. The squadron spends January through March training at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California.

Around the country, the team serves as ambassadors of goodwill by bringing naval aviation to men, women, and children across America.

The precision flight demonstrations showcase the professionalism, excellence and teamwork found in all Navy and Marine Corps units, as well as provide the thrill and magic of flight to people each year.

Since its inception, the team has flown for more than 500 million spectators worldwide.

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Blue Angel is the opportunity to spend time visiting hospitals, schools, and community functions in each air show city.

At schools across the country, the team takes time to interact with students and discuss the benefits of military service and the excitement of naval aviation across the country, hoping to inspire others to pursue their own dreams.

The hope is that tomorrow's leaders will be encouraged and motivated by what they see in the performance, and all the men and women that make up the Blue Angels.

https://www.blueangels.navy.mil/

https://www.navy.com/

https://www.marines.com/

 

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Photo by Britt Dietz

Photo by Britt Dietz

USAF F-22 Raptor Demo Team

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The Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team at Langley Air Force Base performs precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The team also teams up with Air Force Heritage flight exhibiting the professional qualities the Air Force develops in the people who fly, maintain and support these aircraft.

The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force's premier 5th generation fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise, extreme maneuverability, and integrated avionics represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions that are vital to the 21st century Air Force.

The F-22, a critical component of the Global Strike Task Force, is designed to rapidly project air dominance at great distances while defeating threats attempting to deny access to our nation's Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.

 

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http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104506/f-22-raptor/

https://www.acc.af.mil/Portals/92/AE/F-22%20Demo/F-22%20Media%20Kit%202019.pdf?ver=2019-08-01-143047-813

http://www.acc.af.mil/Home/Aerial-Events/F-22A-Demo-Team/

 

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Photo by Lee Calkins

Heritage Foundation Flight with (TBA)

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The Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation celebrates U.S. air power history and serves as living memorial to those who have served in the U.S. Air Force by providing 50-70 annual Heritage Flight demonstrations around the world.

The team currently consists of nine civilian pilots qualified to fly vintage warbirds in formation with modern Air Force single-ship demonstration teams such as the F-22 and many other fighters.

 

Heritage Flights seek to honor the contributions of every man and woman who has served in the USAF while educating the general public of the importance of the U.S. Air Force and its mission.

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https://www.airforceheritageflight.org/

https://www.airforceheritageflight.org/donate

 

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TORA, TORA, TORA Warbirds and Pyrotechnics

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TORA TORA TORA is the Commemorative Air Force’s recreation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that signaled the beginning of the American involvement in World War II. Designed as a living history lesson, “Tora Tora Tora” is intended as a memorial to all the soldiers on both sides who gave their lives for their countries.

Tora Tora Tora Aircraft:

- Mitsubishi A6M “Zero”

- Nakajima B5N “Kate”

- Aichi D3A “Val”

- Curtis P-36 “Hawk”

- Curtis P-40 “Warhawk” (select shows)

- Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (select shows)

A 3-D living history museum who travel to airshows and one of the oldest civilian air show acts in North America.

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http://www.toratoratora.com/

 

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Photos courtesy of Tora, Tora, Tora.

Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys - J-3 Cub

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Flown in the 1946 Piper J-3 Cub, this act begins as Greg Koontz - farmer Clem Cleaver - climbs up on the announcer's stand, demanding a flight lesson. Later in the show, he "steals" the plane and takes off alone, with his whole crew chasing. Grandpa shoots off a tire to get him down, and Clem lands on his pickup truck driven by Grandpa Fred as it races down the runway.

List of characters:

- Greg Koontz as Clem Cleaver

- Fred Masterson as Grandpa Fred

- Bob the Instructor as Local talent

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Photos courtesy of Greg Koontz Airshows.

Rob Harrison, "Tumbling Bear"

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Rob Harrison “The Tumbling Bear’ will perform in his red, white and blue Zlin 142C, a Czech Republic military trainer. Rob started flying with his Dad, a career Naval officer, at the age of six. By the age 13, he was doing aerobatics. Now at 78, he’s been a marquee airshow attraction for nearly 30 years. Rob is based at Cable Airport in Upland, CA and San Bernardino International Airport and resides in the resort community of Lake Arrowhead, CA with his wife Susan (also a pilot), Airport Cat and Little Bear.

 

Rob earned an Engineering degree from Oregon State University, a Doctorate in Law from the University of La Verne, a certificate in flight test engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute, and many more credentials. He’s flown for TV shows and commercials. His airshow performance is dedicated to kids! His message to kids: “If they study and work hard, they can accomplish anything they want to in life.”

 

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Photo by Scott Plummer

Vicky Benzing, Stearman

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Born and raised in California, Vicky Benzing is an accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer, and air racer. With more than 8,500 hours of flight time, and more than 1,300 parachute jumps. Vicky has a passion for everything airborne. Her flying career has spanned more than thirty years and she currently holds an airline transport pilot rating as well as a commercial rating in helicopters, seaplanes, and gliders.

Vicky earned her PhD in Chemistry from UC Berkeley and began working in the Silicon Valley High Tech Industry.

She flew in the documentary “Mercury 13” which currently airing on Netflix. Her other film and television projects include an episode of “Ice Pilots,” an episode of “NCIS LA, and extensive stunt work in her Stearman for the short film “Niner Echo Foxtrot.”

Vicky is sponsored by the California Aeronautical University. (https://calaero.edu/)

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https://www.vickybenzing.com/

 

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Photo by Tim Guzman

Lightning Foundation A/S RVs

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Lightning Formation Airshows is an exciting, dynamic, precision formation demo team with as many as eight pilots flying different types of RV aircraft with lots of color and smoke!

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Photo courtesy of Lightning Formation Airshows.

... And More!

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Stay tuned. More performers to be announced soon.

 

All performers, aircraft, displays and schedules are subject to change without notice.