Blue Angels Fly this weekend

Blue Angels Fly this weekendThis weekend marks the convergence of two national treasures — a rare visit from the military’s premier exhibition team at the installation hailed as the “Jewel in the Navy’s Crown.”

In the last 15 months since the Blue Angels first announced a China Lake appearance on its performance calendar, excitement has escalated in the community as the Naval Air Weapons Station support team has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this air show happen.

Over the course of the next two days, our headlining entertainers will be joined by world-class acts for spectacular aerial demonstrations. We will meet up with old friends and make new ones while sharing in a collective experience that reminds us of the impossible feats men and women achieve every day in pushing the boundaries of human and technological capability. We may even forget in the moment that this stirring display is just a reflection of the commitment made by those who daily put their lives on the line, allowing the rest of us to live under their protection.

To all of these men and women, and to all of those who support them through their work at China Lake, thank you for continuing to remind us how lucky we are.

— The News Review

Pictured: The late Ed Conlon, chief hard news reporter for the News Review from 1984-86, climbs out of one of the Blue Angels’ jets during a 1983 appearance. -- Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2017-03-17