Annual Festival of Flight Lands at Long Beach Airport

By: 
Stephanie Montuya-Morisky, LGB Public Affairs Officer

The Festival of Flight promises to be the largest, free community event of its kind in the area with static aircraft displays, live music, food trucks and a children’s activity area on Saturday, Nov. 4. Thousands of attendees are expected on the west end of the airfield at 3590 E. Wardlow Rd. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with free parking available at the corner of East Wardlow Road and Globemaster Way.

“Long Beach Airport’s Festival of Flight is a wonderful way to show the community how important aviation has been to our city’s history,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “It is a great opportunity for the public to learn about what a significant role our airport plays in the region’s economy, and a fun event for the whole family, so I encourage everyone to join me there.”

Highlights of the festival include:

  • Radio personality Joey Quenga as Master of Ceremonies.
  • A special opening ceremony by the California State Military Reserve from Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos color guard.
  • The Condor Squadron of WWII-era warbirds will conduct a formation flyover at the opening of the event.
  • Participation of airport partners such as fixed-base operators, helicopter operators and law enforcement divisions.
  • Displays that will include a C-17 from March Air Force Base, Virgin Orbit’s “Cosmic Girl” 747, a Gulfstream G650 jet
  • Numerous free activities for kids, consisting of Aquarium of the Pacific’s Aquarium on Wheels, Euro Bungee, face painting and games.
  • Live music provided by MOVE, Rumble Kings, and the Scotty Mac Band.

“This year’s Festival of Flight is shaping up to be one of the best yet,” said Councilwoman Stacy Mungo. “With a C-17 from March Air Force Base and Virgin Orbit’s Cosmic Girl confirmed to participate, plus countless activities for kids and live music, there will truly be something of interest for the entire family.”

Guests are advised to bring water and wear close-toed shoes.  Bags and pets, other than service animals, will not be allowed. Attendees are encouraged to use #LBFestivalofFlight, #LongBeachAirport, #LGB, and #AvGeek on social media.

“We are thrilled to host this community event,” said Airport Director Jess L. Romo. “Our airport holds an esteemed spot in aviation history and a special place in the community. We will provide wonderful family friendly entertainment and inspire a new generation of aviation enthusiasts during the Festival of Flight.”

For more information, follow Long Beach Airport on Facebook or visit www.lgb.org

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