TPS softball team a hit at air show kickoff

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Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit

Capt. Stephen Kennedy, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School Class 15B, connects on a pitch against the U.S. Navy Blue Angels team March 18. The TPS team defeated the Blue Angels team 9-0. The game was part of a kickoff event to the 2016 L.A. County Air Show, which took place in Lancaster March 19-20.

LANCASTER, Calif.–Students and staff from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base stepped up to the plate March 18 to help welcome the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels to the Antelope Valley.

Capt. Gregory Marcus, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, tosses a softball signed by both TPS and Blue Angels players into the stands during a game break March 18 at The Hangar in Lancaster.

The Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron was in town ahead of the 2016 L.A. County Air Show where they served as the main attraction during the two-day weekend event.

Maj. Philip Jackson, U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School Class 16A, tosses a pitch to a U.S. Navy Blue Angels batter March 18. The TPS team defeated the Blue Angels team 9-0. The game was part of a kickoff event to the 2016 L.A. County Air Show, which took place in Lancaster March 19-20.

Air show organizers invited the TPS team to play the Blue Angels team in a friendly three-inning softball game at The Hangar in Lancaster, which is home to the Lancaster JetHawks minor league baseball team.

U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School players shake hands with members of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels team following a friendly softball game March 18 at The Hangar in Lancaster. The game was part of a kickoff event to the 2016 L.A. County Air Show.

The game was the first event to an air show kickoff evening at the stadium that also featured Hawaiian dancers, local food vendors and music. 
The TPS team jumped on the Blue Angels early with multiple runs in the first inning and went on their way to defeating the Navy team 9-0.
During the game, both TPS players and Blue Angels tossed signed softballs into the stands for the fans.

U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School students and staff in their blue jerseys pose for a group photo with members of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels team following a three inning softball game March 18. The USAF TPS team beat the Blue Angels 9-0 in the friendly game held at The Hangar in Lancaster.

Immediately following the game, air show participants, including the Blue Angels team and pilots, stood around the pitcher’s mound and were introduced to the crowd. 

The L.A. County Air Show was held at General William J. Fox Field March 19-20.