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VenturaCounty Fair MilitaryAppreciation Day,Seaside Park, Ventura.All military personnel holding acurrent, valid military ID will beadmitted free. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.,last admission at 10 p.m.
Heat of Summer 5k, 1k and FunRun, NBVC Point MuguSwimming Beach. Free.Registration at 10:30 a.m.; 1k at11:15; 5k at 11:30. Info: 989-7378.
America’s favoritefootball team flies in toPoint Mugu at 3 p.m.and will sign autographs for abouthalf an hour in Hangar 34.
FamilyNight Spaghetti Dinner,5 to 8 p.m., Naps, PortHueneme. Adults $5;kids under 5 eat free; kids 5 to 10half price. Open to all with baseaccess.
ParentsNight Out. 6 to 9:30p.m., free child careat both Hueneme andMugu provided on first-come, first-serve basis for active duty only.Sign up at CDC for children 1 to 5years old and Youth Activity Centerfor those in kindergarten through 12years old. Space is limited.
By Vance Vasquez
NBVC Public Affairs Office
This year marks the 43rd airhow at Point Mugu.For many of us, the air showolds memories of when ourarentsbroughtushereaschil-ren.Thesightsandsoundsarene of a kind, from skywritingontrailstotheroarof scream-ng jet engines.The first Point Mugu Spaceair was held in 1960 as thepaceracewasunderway.Car-ivalridesandcircus-sizetentsilledtherampinfrontof Han-ar 553. Aircraft from Pointugudisplayedontheground,alled static displays, includedhe P-2 Neptune, and flightemonstrations featuring thermy Golden Knights and anrmy helicopter, took placeuring the morning and after-oon.Throughout the 1960s andarly 1970s, the Point Mugupace Fair featured the U.S.avy Blue Angels jet demon-tration team and Naval Airtation Point Mugu home-ased squadrons. These in-ludedAirTestandEvaluationquadron Four (VX-4), whichlew the F-8 Crusader and F-BPhantomII,andNavalMis-ile Center A-4 Skyhawks and-3 Skywarriors, whichropped live bombs demon-trating the aircraft’s strikeapability.Civilianairshowactsinclud-d Dick Schram’s
Flying Pro-essor,”flying his Piper Cub ascomedy act, and Frank Tall-an, a legendary Hollywoodtunt pilot, flying a bright redorld War I Fokker DR-1erman plane. He was joinedy James Appleby, who flew arench made Nieuport Model8, and the two provided aurn-the-clock-back act thateatured the two pilots duelinguring the Space Fair.BobHooverflyinghisyellownd black P-51 Mustang dur-ngthe1971SpaceFairwasalsoone of the highlights at NASPoint Mugu.During the 1970s, an RF-8Crusader from VFP-63 wouldusually begin the show by per-forming a photoflash loopwhilepuffsof whitesmokeandphotochargeflareswereejectedfrom the aircraft.The U.S. Air Force Demon-stration Team, the Thunder-birds, flew for the first time atMugu during the 1971 SpaceFair, flying the McDonnellDouglas F-4E Phantom II.After the 1974 Space Fair,the name was changed to thePoint Mugu Air Show.The Royal Air Force sent aMRMk1Nimrod,amaritimereconnaissance aircraft thatfliesathighsubsonicspeeds,tothe 1979 air show. It was thefirstandlastappearancebytheRoyal Air Force.The shows at Point Muguwere among the very few toperform live AIM-9 Sidewind-er air-to-air and Zuni air-to-ground rocket launch andbomb-drop demonstrationsbefore an audience. The 1981Point Mugu Air Show markedthe last time live missiles werelaunched by Pacific MissileTest Center F-14As at an airshow.The U.S. Air Force SR-71ABlackbird gave many people arare view of this special air-craft. The SR-71A made ap-pearancesinthe1981,1983and1984 air shows.Tactical Electronic WarfareSquadron Thirty Four (VAQ-34) flew for the first time dur-ing the 1983 air show. A VAQ-34 KA-3B Skywarriordemonstrated the air-to-air re-fuelingcapabilityof thenewesttenant squadron at PointMugu.The 1986 Point Mugu AirShow celebrated 75 years of naval aviation. VX-4 displayedtheir 75th anniversary F-4SPhantom II in an overall darkblue paint scheme with goldmarkings.TheBlueAngelsflewtheFA-18A Hornet for the first timeduring the 1987 air show.The Thunderbirds returnedin1989,flyingtheF-16AFight-ing Falcon.The Salute to Victory in the1991PointMuguAirShowwasheld during July and featuredthe Blue Angels. Some staticdisplayaircraftcarriednoseartfrom the Persian Gulf War.The 1992 show was high-lightedbytheCanadianSnow-birds Demonstration Team.Theshow also marked thefirsttime an Air Force F-117AStealth Fighter from the 49thFighter Wing and an B-1BLancer bomber made an ap-pearance on static display.At the 1996 show, PointMugu celebrated 50 years of test and evaluation excellenceand featured the Naval Weap-onsTestSquadronPointMugu,VX-9Det.PointMuguandtheBlue Angels.The show returned after aone-year absence in 1998. Itfeatured the U.S. Air ForceThunderbirdsflyingtheF-16CFighting Falcon. The F-117AStealth fighter also flew thatyear.The Blue Angels returned tothe1999PointMuguAirShow.The Firehawks of HCS-5,working with a Navy SEALteam,demonstratedtheNavy’sspecial warfare group.Despite the lack of a head-line act, the 2000 Point MuguAir Show drew record crowds
Air show started out as 1960 Space Fair
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An early 1970s Space Fair at Point Mugu draws a crowd. TheSpace Fair was held from 1960 to 1974, when the event name waschanged to Air Show.
SEE SPACE FAIR, PAGE 23
300children from NBVC willreceive new backpacksand school supplies,courtesy of Operation HomefrontSouthern California. 10 a.m. to1 p.m., FFSC, Bldg. 1169, PortHueneme. School-age children fromfamilies in pay grades E1 to E6 areeligible; no preschoolers or collegestudents, please. Infomation: TriciaDe La Paz, 866-424-5210.