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L.A. County Air Show, Inc., Edwards AFB announce air show update

Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert, 412th Test Wing commander, raises his hand to "slap the table" to symbolically solidify a formal multi-year partnership to conduct alternating air shows within the region at the Learn4Life meeting room in Lancaster, California, March 13. This paves the way to resume air shows at Edwards Air Force Base, the new schedule will bring a “double header” air show year for the region, with air shows scheduled for March 2020 at General
William J. Fox Air Field in Lancaster and October 2020 at Edwards Air Force Base. After 2020, the air shows will alternate with Edwards’ as the venue on even years, and Fox Field hosting on odd years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michelle
Thomas)

Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert, 412th Test Wing commander, raises his hand to "slap the table" to symbolically solidify a formal multi-year partnership to conduct alternating air shows within the region at the Learn4Life meeting room in Lancaster, California, March 13. Next to him is Rhonda Nelson, L.A. County Air Show, Inc., board of directors member. This paves the way to resume air shows at Edwards Air Force Base, the new schedule will bring a “double header” air show year for the region, with air shows scheduled for March 2020 at General William J. Fox Air Field in Lancaster and October 2020 at Edwards Air Force Base. After 2020, the air shows will alternate with Edwards’ as the venue on even years, and Fox Field hosting on odd years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michelle Thomas)

Aerospace Valley Air Show dates. (412th Test Wing Public Affairs graphic)

Aerospace Valley Air Show dates. (412th Test Wing Public Affairs graphic)

LANCASTER, California --

As announced last October, the Los Angeles County Air Show, Inc. Board of Directors and senior leadership at Edwards Air Force Base continue to work toward solidifying a formal multi-year partnership to conduct air shows within “Aerospace Valley.” This unique partnership paves the way to resume air shows at Edwards Air Force Base, as the last public air show on the base was in 2009.

The previously announced October 2019 air show dates for the LACAS event have been moved to March 2020 in order to accommodate the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team.

The year 2020 will feature “doubleheader” events with air shows scheduled for March 2020 at General William J. Fox Air Field in Lancaster, California, and October 2020 at Edwards Air Force Base.

According to LACAS president, Mike VanKirk, “Last December, at the (International Council of Air Shows) convention, the Blue Angels communicated their desire to kick off their 2020 season at the LACAS at Fox Field in Lancaster. After careful consideration, the LACAS board of directors agreed that accommodating the Blue Angels schedule is in the best interest of our air show, our fans, and our key stakeholders.”

The Aerospace Valley Air Show dates for 2020 are:

  • March 21-22, 2020, at William J. Fox Airfield, Lancaster, featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
  • October 10-11, 2020, at Edwards Air Force Base featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

The plan going forward is to rotate bi-annual shows starting in 2021 with the following preliminary dates:

  • October 15-17, 2021 at William J. Fox Airfield, Lancaster.
  • October 14-16, 2022 at Edwards Air Force Base

"Team Edwards is very excited to move forward with our LACAS partners to bring an air show back to Edwards Air Force Base — the center of the aerospace testing universe,’” said Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert, 412th Test Wing commander. "Our unique community partnership will establish a one-of-a-kind, world-class Aerospace Valley Air Show that will showcase this amazing location as the primary place on the planet for aerospace expertise, innovation and partnerships. It will also provide an incredible opportunity to inspire, encourage and educate adults and children alike while demonstrating what we at Edwards provide to the warfighter. We are proud to be a key part of the Aerospace Valley and to work with the superb team at the LACAS.”

In 2019, Los Angeles County Air Show, Inc. will host key community events, including a large interactive Aerospace Valley STEM exhibition at the Antelope Valley Fair, August 16-25.

“Our commitment to inspire and connect our local youth to STEM has not wavered,” said VanKirk. “In 2019, along with many of our air show partners, we will host an impressive, interactive Aerospace Valley STEM event that is second to none at this year’s Antelope Valley Fair. This will be a great way to engage both young and seasoned air show fans. Having the opportunity to have an impressive footprint at an iconic event like the AV Fair is invaluable to raise awareness for our future shows as we gear up for an exciting doubleheader air show year in 2020.”

For updates and information, visit http://lacountyairshow.com.

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