Skip to comments.‘Blue Angels’ Set For Air Show Comeback In Lancaster [California]
Posted on 11/07/2013 7:09:00 PM PST by BenLurkin
LANCASTER (CBSLA.com) The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flying squadron arrived in Lancaster Thursday ahead of the first-ever Los Angeles County Air Show set for early next year.
KNX 1070′s Vytas Safronikas reported it will be the first air show in 2014 for the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron after leaving their winter training base at El Centro.
The L.A. County Air Show, which is scheduled for March 21-22, will be held at the William J. Fox Airfield and will feature six iconic blue and gold Boeing F/A-18 Hornet aircraft as part of the event in the wake of budget cuts that left the Blue Angels future up in the air.
While the Air Force typically performed about 1,000 flyovers annually before the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels ceased performing on April 1, the sequestration cuts earlier this year forced the cancellation of about 2,800 military outreach events nationwide.
Navy pilot Lt. Ryan Chamberlain said despite the setbacks, the Blue Angels are ready to fly again after a long hiatus.
I dont think it goes without saying that most of you probably know that we spent a little bit of time off from air shows in the past few months, he said. On behalf of Blue Angel No. 8, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Cheng, myself, and the rest of the Blue Angels, I cant tell you how excited we are to be here today.
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Cheng said that although they werent flying demonstrations, they were still practicing when their wings were figuratively cut.
We have been flying, keeping our aviation skills and that stuff proficient. But now we actually get into the nitty-gritty of the passes, the rolls, in a diamond formation so everyone is really excited about that, he said.
KCAL9s Amy Johnson reported that the L.A. County Air Show Inc. is not actually part of the county, but a private, non-profit corporation.
There are certainly expenses associated with the event. Expenses we hope to off-set through sponsorships and ticket sales, said Dennis Dunbar, the air shows director.
The county, however, is still happy to provide the airport for the show.
There has been some work done already by the county, but thats normal airport operations. So, right now, it should be self-funding, said Norm Hickling, senior deputy to Supervisor Michael Antonovich.
I was in the Navy. The Thunderbirds performed at the base.
The last air show we went to (Milwauke, WI) 2 yrs ago the Angels never showed; never got an explanation either. Didn’t bother to go this year for the T birds, heard they would be a no show too.
Hope and change.
March is a long way off.. Bad odds considering who’s in office.
The Milwaukee Air Show in 2011 had the T-birds, I remember seeing them fly over our family car as we headed home from the supermarket in Oak Creek.
2012 was supposed to have the Angels (IIRC), I remember seeing the CV-22 and F-22 practices from my office in downtown Milwaukee that Friday.
Ok, got the year wrong; been kind of a hectic couple of years. We did get to see the Osprey that year which was pretty cool but other than that it was pretty lame. Ok, shouldn’t say that but the real headliners didn’t show up. Last summer didn’t bother to go.