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November 8, 2013

Blue Angels, air show coming to the Antelope Valley

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Linda KC Reynolds
Staff writer

Blue Angelsí Pilots Lt. Commander Michael Chen and Lt. Ryan Chamberlain speak at a press conference held at the William J. Fox Airport in Lancaster, Calif., Nov. 7 to announce the inaugural Los Angeles County Airshow to take place March 19-22 at Fox Field. Chamberlain said he is excited to do a show in the Antelope Valley and hopes that the event will inspire future pilots and engineers.

The Blue Angels piloted by Lt. Ryan Chamberlain and Lt. Cmdr. Michael Cheng, were greeted by aerospace fans, dignitaries and plenty of press when they landed at William J. Fox Airport in Lancaster, Calif., Nov. 7 to announce the inaugural Los Angeles County Airshow to take place March 19-22, 2014, at Fox Field.

In order to save money the Navy cancelled most of the Blue Angelsí airshows in 2013.

We are very excited about the show, said Brett Hawse, vice president of the Los Angeles County Air Show. With the sequestration and all the cutbacks we are very fortunate to secure the Blue Angels. Hawse said the show will be a four-day event with exciting educational games and interacting activities for the entire family.

With only a few months to plan the show, the nonprofit organization set up an executive board that includes military, educators, businesses, public safety and public officials. The show will focus on innovative aircraft whose roots are tied to the Antelope Valley.

JD said there are no words for this, I have a word for you, said State Sen. Steve Knight, That right there is bad ass! That is what that is, he said pointing to the F-18 Hornet parked behind him. If the hairs on your body donít stand up and chills donít come all over your body, then you are not breathing! The last airshow at Edwards Air Force Base was in 2009.

A U.S. Navy Blue Angel aircraft taxis at Fox Field in Lancaster, Calif., Nov. 7.

Anne Ambrose, Director of Administrative Services, City of Palmdale, said she cannot think of a more fitting place to showcase the rich history of aerospace than in the Antelope Valley.

Norman Hickling recalled seeing the Blue Angels about 50 years ago when he sat on his fatherís shoulders. Now I can bring my grandchildren here, set them on my shoulders and continue the tradition.

The first air show at Fox Field was in 1962 and Bob Alvis, director at William J. Fox Airport, figured it was past time for another one, so he called on the best.

We knew we had to hire the best person in the industry and that is Dennis Dunbar, said Alvis. He comes with a stellar team. When he came on board we knew we hit a homerun. Dunbar is the Executive Director of Los Angeles County Airshows and produces the world renowned OshKosh airshow in Wisconsin.
Alvis said that tickets to the air show are great Christmas presents and can be purchased ahead of time to save money. What a great gift for a family or for someone who has everything.

Tickets for the airshow can be purchased at www.lacountyairshow.com.




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