Hawker Squadron 128 at Los Angeles Air Show 2016

Capt Larry See and a CAP C182
Hawker Squadron 128 Capt Larry See greets air show attendees at the 2016 LA County Air Show

Hawkers Squadron volunteers joined a Civil Air Patrol contingent helping out at the 2016 Los Angeles County Air Show at General Wm. J. Fox Airfield (KWJF) in Lancaster, CA .

Civil Air Patrol and Blue Angels
Civil Air Patrol Volunteers watch out for the Blue Angels on the flight line

Spread out across a Saturday and Sunday (March 19-20),  the KWJF event is Los Angeles County’s only air show.  Hawker Squadron member and Air Show board member SM Robert Ross said over 55,000 people were expected to attend.

Blue Angels C130 "Fat Albert"
Blue Angels C130 “Fat Albert” gets ready for his routine

Antelope Valley aerospace powerhouse Lockheed Martin was the major event sponsor, which highlighted the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational program in Los Angeles.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels headlined the air show, celebrating their 70th year as a premiere precision flying team.  From Texas, a T-6 flight made up as Japanese war planes dazzled the crowd with a pyrotechnic/flying display, “Tora Tora Tora.”

T6 Texans are Tora Tora Tora
T6 Texans turn Japanese for a reenactment of the Pearl Harbor raid in Tora Tora Tora

Planes of Fame warbirds flew in from Chino, CA (KCNO) in abundance, including a Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Curtiss P-40N Warhawk, F-86 Sabre and the restored Northrop N9MB Flying Wing, a predecessor to today’s B-2 Stealth Bomber.

F-86 Sabre from Planes of Fame in Chino, CA
A F-86 Sabre taxis after its aerial routine

Show opened with former Navy SEAL jumpers performing as the Patriot Parachute Team.  Also thrilling the crowd were the Texas Flying Legends Museum squadron, aerobatic flyers Skip Stewart, Melissa Pemberton, Chuck Coleman and Kent Pietsch, the Shockwave Jet Truck, Third Strike Wingwalking.  A NASA ER-2 High Altitude Platform (NASA’s U-2 variant) completed a perfectly -tuned show.