BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The China Lake Air Show returned this weekend to thrill crowds with high flying fighter jets and fun for the whole family — celebrating 73 years of naval weapons testing. Some of the military’s most advanced weapons were on display at the china lake naval air weapons station as well as the navy’s most popular demonstration squadron.
They’re loud. They’re fast. They’re the Blue Angels. They were the featured attraction at the The China Lake Air Show this year.
“I love it,” air show attendee Justin Agee said. “They should come back more often. it’s been way too long without them.”
It’s been more than two decades since the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station hosted the aerial event, and people showed up in droves to see fighter planes performing death defying stunts. And it is all free of charge.
“Boy’s love it,” Justin’s wife, Veronica, said. “Engines are roaring. It’s exciting. The planes are amazing. It’s an excellent opportunity for the kids to learn about the naval base and the aircrafts here.”
China Lake is the country’s largest single military installation for weapons and armament research, development, and testing, covering more than a million acres of land with two test ranges. Static planes were on full display at the air show, along with other aircraft the United States military utilizes. Not only are kids learning, they are spending time with their families
“It brings families out to be able to so something besides sit in the house and play video games,” attendee David Sanders said.
It’s been a while since the air show has happened in Kern County, but these aviation fans hope it comes around more often.
“It’s one of the coolest things in life, i think,” Justin Feulner said.”Watching the jets flying around just thinking of how expensive they are and how close they get and how fast. It’s just neat.”
According to an event representative, more than 50,000 people showed up this weekend for the air show.