Vandenberg nailing down plans for air and space show
The Patriots will perform at the 2004 Air and Space Show at Vandenberg Air Force Base Oct. 30-31.//Contributed

Vandenberg Air Force Base is lining up a lengthy list of entertainers for the Air and Space Show 2004.

The open house will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 at the Vandenberg flightline. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

"Vandenberg is hosting the air and space show to display the tremendous capabilities of the United States Air Force - capabilities used today in our war on terrorism and those used in previous wars," said Lt. Col. Loretta Kelemen, 30th Operations Support Squadron commander.

The base didn't land on the 2004 schedule for the military's crowd-drawing, high-performance acts - the Navy's Blue Angels or the Air Force's Thunderbirds.

But Vandenberg did snare an assortment of civilian and military aerial acts. The Patriots, a civilian jet aerobatic team that flies the Boeing/Aero-Vodochody L-39 jet, will serve as headliner for this year's show.

Demonstrations also are planned by the F-16 Fighting Falcon Viper West team from Hill AFB, Utah, and the West Coast A-10 Warthog demonstration team from Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

The Air Force Heritage Flight Team - modern-day and vintage fighters - will include a P-51 Mustang piloted by retired Maj. Gen. Bill Anders, a former Apollo 8 astronaut.

The base's lone flying unit, the 76th Helicopter Flight, will also show off its capabilities, such as dropping water on fires and having security forces rappel from the UH-1N Huey.

Although organizers are still finalizing the list, planes on static display will include B-52 and B-1 bombers, F-117 Stealth Fighter, Navy F/A-18 Hornet and a Russian MiG-15.

Sept. 7, 2004

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