Edwards air show includes IWV flyover

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Edwards air show includes IWV flyoverWith the cancelation of the air show originally planned for Columbus Day weekend — the first to be staged at Edwards Air Force Base since 2006 — event planners are modifying the aerial demonstrations so that those living in and around the aerospace corridor can still take in the majestic aviation achievements of the U.S. military.

“Unfortunately, as you are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic made a public gathering of 50,000 people per day an impossibility,” said Danny A. Bazzell, chief of community engagement for the 412 Test Wing out of Edwards.

However, given the region’s distinction as “‘The Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe,’ and a worldwide leader in innovation, we didn’t let that stop us.”

Organizers made the decision to combine virtual aspects to the traditional format. Some 10,000 students will participate in a week-long Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics virtual forum.

Over the course of Friday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 10, the surrounding communities will be treated to a series of flyovers.

“Please keep in mind that all spectators are requested to abide by CDC, state, county and local COVID-19 guidelines regarding physical separation and face-coverings,” said a spokesperson.

The list of aviation assets participating in the “East Route,” which will fly over Ridgecrest on Saturday between 11:50 a.m. and 1 p.m., include fighters, bombers, airlift, tankers and NASA jets.

“Cities should expect a different aircraft flying overhead every 5 to 7 minutes,” said the spokesperson.

While the demonstration is sure to be a crowd pleaser for residents, the region may not get the kind of economic benefit that sometimes comes with such celebrated events.

When China Lake hosted the Blue Angels in 2017 — the first Navy-sanctioned air show to be held here since the 1980s, Ridgecrest attracted an estimated 50,000 visitors over the course of the show. Between the performers, spectators and support team, the show poured upward of $1 million in disposable income into our town. For additional information, visit avairshow.com.

Story First Published: 2020-10-09