CHINA LAKE AIR SHOW TAKES FLIGHT IN MARCH.
By Seth Conners
The worlds most famous jet team, The Blue Angels, will headline the 2017 China Lake Air Show. Several of the team’s aviators met with officials during a visit to China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station on January 9th, in advance of the upcoming air show. The Blue Angels will be the featured performers at the air show, set to take place on March 18th and 19th. The much anticipated event will be the first air show at the China Lake base in 23 years.
The Blue Angels are known for their precision formation flying and are a crowd favorite throughout the world. At the show, they will be flying their six, distinctive, blue and gold FA-18 Hornets.
Details about other show performers, static displays and additional features are being announced soon. Event general admission and parking are free. Also, there are a limited amount of premium seating options available, including box seats and a Flight Line Club where spectators enjoy the most exclusive seating, private amenities, and the best view of the show. High-resolution images and b-roll of the Blue Angels are available from the Blue Angels website.
China Lake to buzz southern Inyo Communities
Operational flight tests scheduled over
Lone Pine, Independence and Trona
NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION CHINA LAKE, Calif. — Starting March 11, operational flight tests will be conducted in the vicinity of the towns of Lone Pine, Independence and Trona.
These events will include flights directly over these towns. The testing requires aircrew to fly at 1000′ over populated areas to simulate urban missions. All flights will be conducted in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration directives. The tests will take place during the day and each town will only be overflown once or twice a week. There will be no supersonic flight or any weapons release.
“We are fortunate to have a wonderful relationship with the local population in the vicinity of NAWS China Lake. We are very grateful for the support and understanding we have received from in the past from the citizens of Lone Pine, Independence and Trona when executing similar tests,” said Air Test and Evaluation Squadron NINE Commanding Officer Capt. Gordon Cross. “Operational tests of this nature are required to adequately evaluate new combat systems; combat systems that deliver increased capabilities to the Sailors and Aircrew at sea. ”
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