Nature not on Angels’ side

first_img There, an estimated 65,000 to 70,000 visitors watched aircraft ranging from World War II and Korean War-era fighters to the Air Force’s latest: the stealthy supersonic F/A-22 Raptor air superiority fighter, a vertical-takeoff CV-22 Osprey, and a remote-control Predator spy plane. “It’s a happy crowd … super flying weather,” said Edwards spokesman John Haire. Edwards’ gates open at 7 a.m. today for the second day of its air show. Flying is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and conclude about 4:30 p.m. Saturday’s Point Mugu visitors got to explore a C-130 cargo plane from the California Air National Guard unit stationed at the base. “It brings us closer to the community,” Air Guard Lt. Col. Arvin Mayberry said of the air show. “People can actually see their tax money at work, and talk to the crews about the missions we perform. They get a chance to see the hardware, and get a sense of what the military does for them on a daily basis.” Grandparents and their grandchildren, groups of schoolchildren and parents pushing strollers posed for photos next to aircraft and spread out picnic blankets and folding chairs along the flight line to watch planes perform stunts and streak across the sky trailing colored smoke. Among the spectators were 7-year-old Leslie Guzman of Santa Paula and her cousin, Besty Luebano, 7, of Oxnard. The little girls chanted “Blue Angels! Blue Angels! Blue Angels” and were thrilled when the group’s C-130 support plane, “Fat Albert,” roared past them, taking off at a steep angle with blue-colored flames from the engines and a thick trail of smoke. “We thought it was cool; we liked the color of the flames,” said Leslie. She said she wasn’t too disappointed that the Blue Angels show wasn’t longer. Her father, Miguel Guzman, 40, of Santa Paula agreed, noting, “It’s just fun coming out here. There’s plenty of other stuff.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Fans will get another chance to see the Blue Angels today, weather permitting, as the air show continues beginning at 8 a.m. The National Weather Service predicts morning low clouds and fog with only partial afternoon clearing today along the Oxnard coast. Despite the gray skies, nearly 21,000 fans came out to Naval Base Ventura County, enjoying the flying acts that performed earlier in the day. Those included a massive pyrotechnic demonstration in Rich Perkins’ “Wall of Fire” act with his Aero Vodochody L-39 jet, an F/A-18 Super Hornet jet demonstration and an F-16 demonstration flight. Dozens of other planes were on display, including an AV-8B Harrier II and an E2-C Hawkeye 2000 surveillance plane. At Edwards Air Force Base in the Antelope Valley, blue skies and warm temperatures prevailed Saturday for Edwards’ first open house in two years. POINT MUGU – Mother Nature clipped the Blue Angels’ wings Saturday at the 41st annual Point Mugu Air Show. Low clouds and fog delayed the start of flying until almost 11 a.m. By 2 p.m., when the Blue Angels were only a short way into their precision flying routine, the clouds descended to 800 feet again, making it unsafe to continue. “The FAA requires at least 1,000 feet for safety reasons,” explained Jeff Davis, air show coordinator. The fog and low clouds were “unusual for here, at this time of year.” last_img read more