2010 Pt. Mugu Airshow returns

Photo by Tim Wagenknecht

For the first time in three years, Naval Base Ventura County is bringing back its popular air show.

Although it’s still early in the planning stages, the 2010 Point Mugu Air Show — scheduled for Aug. 7-8 — will feature the Air Force’s Thunderbird demonstration squadron.

Capt. James McHugh, commanding officer of Naval Base Ventura County, said he was very happy to announce the Thunderbirds would return.

“The Thunderbirds will headline the 2010 Naval Base Ventura County Air Show,” he said. “The Thunderbirds aerial maneuvers will exhibit the professional qualities of the Air Force personnel, who fly, maintain and support the aircraft.”

The Thunderbird pilots fly F-16C Falcon fighter jets in precision drills and are just one of the featured attractions set for that weekend, said Vance Vasquez, public information officer at the base.

In the past, the popular air shows have attracted tens of thousands of spectators to the base. In 2007 — when the last air show was held — more than 152,000 people attended.

Bad weather resulted in the cancellation of the show twice before 2007. And in 2002, a Navy pilot and Marine officer were killed when the QF-4 they were flying crashed.

It’s too early to detail all that is planned for that weekend, Vasquez said. But over the two days, spectators will get a chance to try out aviation simulators, see current and vintage aircraft, as well as see equipment operated by the Seabees stationed at the base.

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