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March ARB Air Show this weekend

by | Apr 4, 2018 | Aviation Events | 0 comments

[UPDATE] Thunderbirds appearance at the 2018 March Field Air & Space Expo has been canceled due to a tragic accident over the Nevada Test and Training Range on 4/4/18.

March Field Air & Space Expo

March Air Reserve Base, located near Riverside, CA, will host its biennial “March Field Air & Space Expo: Thunder Over the Empire” this Saturday and Sunday, April 7th and 8th. All photos in this article are from the 2016 March AirFest.

Aero L-39C Albatros - Patriots Jet Team

Aero L-39C Albatros – Patriots Jet Team

Expect traffic and congestion

Gates will open at 8 am both days, 3 hours before the start of aerial performances. Plan to arrive as early as possible to avoid traffic and congestion. Arriving early will also give you an extra time to tour all of the static aircraft. Organizers are planning to display more than the usual amount of static aircraft as the base also celebrates its centennial this year.

Rockwell B-1B Lancer

Rockwell B-1B Lancer

Static displays

The oldest plane scheduled to appear as a static display will be a Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” biplane used to train cadets at March Field 100 years ago. Other static displays will include a Lockheed AC-130 Spectre, Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer, Boeing B-52H Stratofortress, Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II and many more.

Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

Aerial performances

Aerial performances will begin at 11 AM with the national anthem and a traditional American flag parachute team followed by a fly-by of a USAF Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker and Boeing C-17A Globemaster III. Other performances will include a trainer parade, aviation reenactment with WWII era fighters and bombers, a North American P-51 Mustang tribute performance, and dogfighting with early jets of the Korean War. Modern USAF fighters and a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper UAV are also scheduled for a fly-by.

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker

Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

The show will end on both days with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flying in formation in their General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcons. This will be one of the two opportunities to see them in Southern California this year.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

Airshow preparations

Visit the air show website to see the full schedule and other important information. Remember to charge your camera battery and bring extra memory cards. Don’t forget the sunscreen and water. Bring folding chairs or something else to sit on. It is also recommended for kids to wear ear plugs, especially for jet performances.

North American F-86F Sabre & Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15

North American F-86F Sabre & Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15

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Igor K.

I am the founder and editor-in-chief of the AirMuseumGuide.com blog. Together with my son - hopefully a future aerospace engineer - we are trying to visit as many aviation and aerospace museums in the US as possible with the ultimate goal of visiting them all. We have been able to visit approximately 60 so far. We are hoping this site will help preserve aviation history and inspire young people to pursue a career in aerospace.

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