LANCASTER — A recreation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is among the fan-favorite acts scheduled to appear at the Los Angeles County Airshow March 21 and 22 at William J. Fox Field in Lancaster.
They will complement the headline act, the Navy’s Blue Angels precision demonstration team, in the “Aerospace Valley, USA” show when it returns from a one-year hiatus.
“2020 is an exciting year for all aerospace enthusiasts,” Los Angeles County Airshow Board President Mike VanKirk said. “The Los Angeles County Airshow will be kicking of the airshow season with an incredible line-up. It’s such an honor to have the Blue Angels returning as our headlining act, along with some of the industry’s top performers. We’ve learned a lot over the past few years and this year, the team is stepping it up on all fronts — from jaw-dropping in-the-air performances to on-the-ground static displays, STEM expo and a diverse line-up of aeronautical heroes that will inspire all of us.”
Recreating the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, “Tora! Tora! Tora!” has previously been a popular performance at the airshow.
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.
Other performers returning to the skies above Fox Field include Rob Harrison, known as the Tumbling Bear and Vicky Benzing in her bright red Stearman biplane.
Other performers will include pilot Jason Somes in a MiG-17 and the comic antics of Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys, culminating in landing a small plane on amoving truck.
Additional aerial performers are expected to be announced following the industry’s convention in December.
They will join unique static displays on the ground, an interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Expo, aerospace history panels and pilot meet-and-greets.
The sixth Los Angeles County Airshow 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 airshow will be on Oct. 10 and 11 at Edwards AFB, the first time the storied base has hosted an airshow since 2009.
“We’re very excited to be part of Edwards Air Force Base coming back on the airshow map,” VanKirk said. “Working together to support each other in with a myriad of logistics will ensure two incredible airshows that will provide spectators with a lifetime airshow experience.”
Tickets are on sale for the March event, available online at lacountyairshow.com