Aerospace Valley Hybrid Air Show
With COVID-19 continuing to spread in communities in California and beyond, Brig Gen Matthew Higer, 412th Test Wing Commander, made the decision to shift the 2020 Aerospace Valley Air Show into a hybrid air show.
“We are not going to a have a whole bunch of people on the installation … boots on the ground, static displays, buses, all that over Columbus day weekend,” he said. “We are, however, going to have a bunch of ‘iron’ on our ramp, and potentially on the ramp on Fox Field (in Lancaster, California) … It’s going to morph into something that would be like a parade of planes.” – HIGER
Higer explained the airshow planning team is going to put together a hybrid event where they will have airplanes in the sky over the Aerospace Valley as well as a widespread social media presence. The airshow team will be looking at ways to utilize social media to post pictures and videos of the aircraft, and possibly 360-degree views as well. The airshow team is planning to host virtual interview opportunities between performers and guests as well.
The airshow planning team promises to provide a memorable experience, and true to Edwards fashion, maybe trailblazing a new way to conduct air shows in the future.
The next traditional airshow at Edwards is scheduled for October 15-16, 2022. The show will celebrate the 75th anniversary of supersonic flight, a historic event that took place in the Aerospace Valley on October 14, 1947 and put Edwards on the map as The Center Of The Aerospace Testing Universe.