Countdown begins to Aerospace Valley Air Show

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A B-52 Stratofortress from the 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., flies over the Antelope Valley communities of Lancaster and Palmdale in northern Los Angeles County, May 14, 2020. (Air Force photograph by Giancarlo Casem)
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The flying portion of the Aerospace Valley Air Show will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9 and 10, while the STEM elements take place Oct. 5-8.

The air show will open just like any normal Edwards’ air show — with the National Anthem, the Wings of Blue Parachute Team from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the breaking of the sound barrier.

The Friday/Saturday live stream starts at 10:30 a.m., with opening ceremonies starting at 10:43 a.m. Aircraft flyovers begin shortly thereafter.

On Friday, the aircraft will depart Edwards, and should be arriving over Palmdale at approximately 11:07 a.m. On Friday, the aircraft will fly the West Route.

On Saturday, flying the East Route, the first aircraft will be above Rosamond at approximately 11:05 a.m.

A C-12 Huron flies over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Air Force photograph by Bobbi Zapka)

There will be an Olympic-style live broadcast each day, with Brig. Gen. Matthew Higer, 412th Test Wing commander, and other senior leaders on hand to give context to what the public is seeing in the air, what the students have seen over four days of STEM instruction, and how it relates to the mission of the base and the mission of the aircraft in the air.”

Aircraft scheduled for the flyovers include F-16 Falcons, F-22 Raptors, F-35 Lightning IIs and F/A-18 Hornets. For bombers, there will be the B-52 Stratofortress, and for heavy lift, there will be the C-17 Globemaster III and KC-135 Stratotanker. Additionally, a NASA Armstrong ER-2 and G-III will be flying. Also included in the lineup are a T-38 Talon and a C-12 Huron.

A T-38 Talon flies over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Air Force photograph by Rebecca Mitchell)

 
 
 
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The West Route includes Rosamond, Lancaster, Palmdale, Mojave, Tehachapi, Bakersfield, California City and Boron.
 
 
 
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The East Route includes Rosamond, Lancaster, Palmdale, Hesperia, Apple Valley, Victorville, Barstow, Fort Irwin, Ridgecrest and NAS China Lake.
 
As part of the STEM presentation, Monday through Wednesday, we’ll see videos about Edwards Air Force Base. The presentations run noon to 1 p.m. and will be introduced by base leadership — Brig. Gen. Matthew Higer, 412th Test Wing commander, Col. Randel J. Gordon, 412th TW vice commander, or Chief Master Sgt. Ian D. Eishen, 412th TW command chief master sergeant.

The series culminates Thursday with a moderated Edwards AFB panel discussion. Students can submit questions for the panel to 507-EDW-STEM.

For more information, visit www.avairshow.com.
 

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 412th Test Wing’s 416th Flight Test Squadron performs a fly-by of the air control tower at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner)

 
 
 
An Edwards F-16 Fighting Falcon flies alongside a NASA F/A-18 Hornet during a sortie. (NASA photograph by Jim Ross)

 
 
 
An F-35 Lightning II from the 461st Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., soars over the Mojave Desert on a test sortie. (Lockheed Martin photograph by Chad Bellay)

 
 
 
A B-52H Stratofortress assigned to the 419th Flight Test Squadron takes off from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Air Force photograph by Matt Williams)

 
 
 
A C-17 Globemaster III is parked while crews prepare the cargo plane for a test mission at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Air Force photograph by Chris Dyer)

 
 
 
An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 411th Flight Test Squadron flies over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Lockheed Martin photograph by Christopher Higgins)

 
 
 
An Edwards KC-135 Stratotanker refuels a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. (Air Force photograph by Christian Turner)

 
 
 
NASA’s high-altitude ER-2 aircraft No. 806 lifts off the runway at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif. The aircraft is one of two flown by NASA for airborne science research, electronic sensor research and development, satellite calibration and satellite data validation. (NASA photograph by Tony Landis)

 
 
 

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