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Rescheduled Antelope Valley Air Show impresses spectators

A Lockheed Martin F-16, one of the aircrafts demonstrated at the Antelope Valley airshow the weekend of Oct. 10-11. Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin

The Air Show is one of the biggest events in the Antelope Valley and people drive out from all over the valley to come to this event held every year.

This year’s event was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was planned originally for March 21-22. It is the only air show in the whole United States that was rescheduled for the weekend of Oct. 10-11 flyovers schedule.

A schedule of aircrafts in the Antelope Valley Air Show.

The week kicked off with STEM events for local schools Oct. 8-10. Students got an opportunity to learn virtually and some even in person went to see all the aircrafts preparing for the shows. There were over 12 aircrafts flown over a span of two days on Friday and Saturday

Santa Clarita resident Aaron Ewing has tons of great memories of the years past and present.

A demonstration of the Tora Tora Tora by the Blue Angels reenactment of Bombing in Pearl Harbor. Photo courtesy Lockheed Martin

“I’ve witnessed a woman walking on the wing of a plane as it was up in the air flying around so that was pretty cool to see,” said Ewing, “and the warplanes reenacting Tora Tora Tora, which is technically a reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.”

Lancaster resident Kimberly Irby has a major connection to the air shows. Her whole family is in the field and her husband and sons are pilots and work at Northrop Grumman, an aerospace technology company. They have been around planes and the love for planes runs in their blood.

“Going to the airshows since 1980 with our sons has helped them in their careers and love of flying,” Irby said.

Irby has tons of wonderful memories from the airshows and they are a huge part of the bonding of their whole family. They are always looking forward to the shows and also having a family day out at Foxy’s Landing and Restaurant at the Fox Field every year. 

“We have never missed an air show and we also go to Point Mugu air shows, but the one that’s always been closest to home is at Edwards AFB and Fox Field…Our son is now a pilot due to going to all the air shows that inspired him to become a pilot,” Irby said.

This airshow brings communities together to bond over the wonderful aircrafts built in our communities. This year also had a live stream on their social media channels, which include Facebook, Twitch and YouTube.

In 2021, the airshow will be a bi-annual between William J. Fox Airfield and Edwards Air Force Base. Future air show dates for Edwards Air Force Base and Los Angeles County Air show are the following:

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

Also check out their website www.AVAIRSHOW.com for the latest updated information.

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