Returning to the skies at full force after being grounded by federal budget cuts, the Navy's famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration squad will be the headline act when the inaugural Los Angeles County Air Show kicks off Friday.
The air show will be the squadron's first of the 2014 season after spending much of 2013 training at the Navy facility in El Centro, Calif. The Blue Angels were forced to cancel most of their 2013 season, including dates this fall in San Diego, Ventura and San Francisco, after the automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration took effect.
Other acts scheduled for the show at General William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster include the Red Bull Air Force, the Red Bull Air Force wing suit flyers and Chuck "Malibu" Aaron, billed as a "methodical risk taker" and the first civilian ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics in the U.S.
Tickets for the show, which runs Friday and Saturday, are $10 for children and $25 for adults. Gates open at 9 a.m., with performances ending around 4 p.m.