Air show vol­un­teers still needed

Antelope Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - By AL­LI­SON GATLIN Val­ley Press Staff Writer

LAN­CASTER — Have you ever wanted to see what goes on back­stage at an air show? Maybe one fea­tur­ing the thrilling per­for­mances of the Navy’s Blue An­gels? Now’s your chance. The Los An­ge­les County Air Show “Aero­space Val­ley USA” is look­ing for vol­un­teers to help make the March 21 and 22 air show a suc­cess.

The next in­for­ma­tion meet­ing is at 6 p.m. on Feb. 6, at the Learn 4 Life fa­cil­ity, 177 Hol­ston Ave., in Lan­caster.

Pre­par­ing for its sixth event, the air show is the prod­uct of a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion and run largely by a small army of vol­un­teers for ev­ery­thing from man­ning the gates to pa­trolling the event area for de­bris that could prove harm­ful to the air­craft.

“Our ded­i­cated vol­un­teers are the core foun­da­tion of our show. We would not be able to do it with­out them,” Vol­un­teer Man­ager Betty Evans said.

The air show has about half the amount of vol­un­teers they need and are look­ing to fill the re­main­der, she said.

The two-day air show will be held at Gen. Wil­liam J. Fox Field in Lan­caster and will fea­ture the Navy’s Blue An­gels pre­ci­sion demon­stra­tion team as the head­line act.

From the Air Force, the

F-22 Rap­tor Demo Team will show­case that next-gen­er­a­tion fighter’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Also sched­uled to ap­pear is “Tora! Tora! Tora!,” a recre­ation of the Dec. 7, 1941 at­tack on Pearl Har­bor.

With py­rotech­nic ef­fects sim­u­lat­ing ex­plo­sions from the aerial bom­bard­ment, as well as a sound­track filled with air raid sirens and the sounds of ma­chine gun fire and the replica air­craft div­ing and swoop­ing past, spec­ta­tors get a taste of the sights, sounds and smells of the bat­tle that day.

The event is rounded out by a va­ri­ety of ad­di­tional aerial acts, static ground dis­plays, first­hand aero­space

his­tory with the He­roes and Leg­ends pan­els and an ex­ten­sive, in­ter­ac­tive STEM Ex­po­si­tion, of­fer­ing hand­son ex­pe­ri­ences with a science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math fo­cus.

The sixth Los An­ge­les County Air show in March will be one of two in the Val­ley next year, in a new part­ner­ship be­tween the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion and

Ed­wards Air Force Base.

The se­cond 2020 air show will be on Oct. 10 and 11 at Ed­wards AFB — the first time the sto­ried base has hosted an air show since 2009.

Those in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing at the March 2020 event may con­tact Betty Evans at vol­un­teer­man­[email protected]­cas.us

Vol­un­teer ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able at the event web­site at la­countyair­show.com

PHOTO COURTESY OF THOMAS SPANOS

Vol­un­teers are needed to sup­port the Los An­ge­les County Air Show “Aero­space Val­ley USA” on March 21 and 22 at Gen. Wil­liam J. Fox Field in Lan­caster. They will get the be­hind-the-scenes view of the show, which will fea­ture the Navy’s Blue An­gels.

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