Volunteers Bring Los Angeles Community Together
Aviation enthusiasts packed William J. Fox Airfield March 21 and 22 as dozens of pilots used the desert sky of the Antelope Valley as their stage in the LA County Airshow. More than 140,000 people arrived to catch a glimpse of the Blue Angels performing their first airshow of the season along with the Blue Angels C-130 support aircraft affectionately known as Fat Albert.
Other performances were seen by the iconic T-33 Shooting Star, P-38 Lightning Aerobatic Demonstration, the Red Bull Air Force, the Smoke N’ Thunder Jet Car, the P-51 Mustang and F-86 Sabre, the Flying Wing and many more. There was even a demonstration from the group known as the West Coast Ravens which includes Lockheed Martin engineers, Mercedes Eulitt and Paul Rosales.
Not only was there activity in the skies, but the ground was active with excited and engaged aviavtion fans and ethusiasts . Lockheed Martin sponsored a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) tent and an employee chalet tent.
Lockheed Martin employees and their family members were able to interact with one another and comfortably watch the airshow from the employee chalet tent. Located right on the flight line, the tent offered seating, shade, snacks, drinks, giveaways and a friendly atmosphere.
Within the STEM tent, Lockheed Martin volunteers inspired conversation with children about our aircraft and answered many of their questions. They were excited to play with our interactive touch tables which taught them more about Lockheed Martin products. Children also interacted with our high school interns and learned more about the STAR program, which brings science and technology into the classroom through community integration.
Various schools and organizations also participated in STEM activities within the tent. Local middle schools, high schools and colleges had interactive displays of their robots, 3D printers, science experiments, laser engravers, solar car projects, go karts and other STEM creations. AIAA even brought the F-22 simulator.
By the end of the airshow, over 50,000 students entered the tent and were exposed to STEM activities and information thanks to local Lockheed Martin volunteers that made a huge impact on the local Los Angeles community.
Thank you to all the Lockheed Martin volunteers that helped make the LA County Airshow an awesome event displaying Lockheed Martin employees' important engagement in local communities.
July 31, 2014