KCAL9 Reporter Goes ‘Top Gun’ For The Day As Member Of Blue Angels
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LANCASTER (CBSLA.com) — Some of the world’s finest aircraft is set to take over the skies above the Antelope Valley this weekend.
KNX 1070’s Brian Ping reports the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will arrive at Gen. William J. Fox Airfield in preparation for the Los Angeles County Air Show.
While the Air Force typically performed about 1,000 flyovers annually before the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels ceased performing last April, the sequestration cuts in 2013 forced the cancellation of about 2,800 military outreach events nationwide.
But with 68 performances scheduled for this season, show organizer Dennis Dunbar said the pilots – and the public – are ready for the Angels’ official comeback.
“We’re happy to get them back on the road, and I’m sure they’re gonna entertain everyone real well here,” Dunbar said.
In addition to the Blue Angels, other acts include the Fat Albert Blue Angels support plane, the Red Bull Air Force Wingsuit Flyers and a reenactment of a Korean War dogfight.
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KCAL9’s Amy Johnson got to ride along with the Blue Angels Wednesday.
“They may be angels in the sky but on the ground, they are stars,” Johnson reported.
Johnson flew with Lt. Ryan Chamberlain and got to feel the excitement of the ride up close and personal. She admitted being “a little nervous” but handled the rideon the F-18 — including going upside down — like a champ.
“It was,” she said, “the ride of a lifetime.”
Johnson also quipped, “It was my first time, and probably my last time, on an F-18.”
Tickets cost $25 for adults and $15 for children’s admission to the Air Show, which runs Friday and Saturday at Fox Field in Lancaster.
Click here for tickets and more information on the event.