Spectacular events offered during Air Force Week
By , SMC Public Affairs
/ Published October 06, 2008
Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, Calif. -- Air Force Week, Nov. 14-21, is designed to showcase our United States Air Force and recognize the importance of our service members and the communities that support them.
This Air Force event encompasses all southern California Air Force bases, including Air Force Space Command's two subordinate commands: the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB and 14th Air Force at Vandenberg AFB in the central coast area.
Also co-hosting are March Air Reserve Base, Edwards AFB, and Channel Islands Air National Guard Station. Airmen from these bases will participate in events, demonstrations, flyovers, educational opportunities, and unique exhibitions.
"California is instrumental to air and space enterprises as indicated by an air and space economic impact in excess of $125 billion," said Gen. C. Robert Kehler, Air Force Space Command commander. "California has a long legacy of air and space 'firsts' including Capt. 'Chuck' Yeager breaking the 'sound barrier' in 1947 and building the first U.S. space station, Skylab I, and the first geosynchronous communication and meteorological satellites. California continues to lead the nation in technology and is a world leader in the development of future air and space capabilities. The Air Force has reaped tremendous benefits from California's air and space innovations which help us daily to fly, fight, and win in air, space, and cyberspace."
The events throughout the week will include a proclamation ceremony at Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood, Nov. 14; Air Force Week Expo, Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood, Nov 14-16; Wings Over Long Beach, Long Beach Airport, Nov. 15-16; Airmen interviews on talk shows, Nov. 15-16; as well as Air Force-themed film festivals, Air Force band concerts, and honor guard demonstrations.
The community will enjoy aircraft flyovers, static aircraft tours and orientation flights. The flyovers will consist of a C-17 Globemaster III - the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force; a KC-135 Stratotanker air-to-air refueling aircraft; a T-38 Talon - twin-engine, supersonic jet trainer; a U-2 high-altitude, all-weather surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft; an F-16 Fighting Falcon - a highly maneuverable and multi-role fighter aircraft; and other aircraft.
For more information about Air Force Week, please visit www.airforceweeklosangeles.com. We hope to see you there!