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Day 1 of the Edwards Air Force Base Aerospace Valley Hybrid Air Show

23ABC was granted full access to a C-17 aircraft during the flight.
Posted at 5:20 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 20:27:28-04

Friday nearly a dozen aircraft hit the skies of Kern County as part of Edwards Air Force Base Hybrid Air Show.

The week-long event has featured virtual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math classes.

"So rather than just being a way to excite kids, it’s a way to engage kids, to get them really excited about S.T.E.M." said Colonel Randy Gordon.

Friday was the first day of the air show event. It was the first air show Edwards has hosted in 11 years. It was supposed to be a traditional airshow where thousands of people would be allowed to visit the base and watch as aircraft flew by, but because of the pandemic, the plan changed.

Instead of having the people come to the air show, they decided to take the air show to the people.

The aircraft flew over Tehachapi, Rosamond, Boron, Bakersfield and more Friday.

23ABC was invited to fly on the C-17 aircraft that participated in the show. One of the crew members, Captain David Guerrelo, is from Delano. He is not a test flight engineer at Edwards Air Force Base.

“Everytime you see a military aircraft fly over, it's someone working here, working on the next advancement of technology.”

Officials said the entire event is about innovation, technology, and connecting with students, many of whom are still virtually learning.

"What we were hoping to do with this, which it looks like it went really well, is make science technology engineering and mathematics, but make it real." said Colonel Randy Gordon. "To be able to deliver it in a way that maybe they haven’t seen since the school year started."

There will be another air show on Saturday in Antelope Valley. You can find more information about the flight path here.

If you'd like your student to take part in some of the virtual learning, you can still find the courses here.