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Air Show is a go: All new experience ready for the public

-Editorial

Naval Air Facility El Centro (NAFEC) invites the Imperial Valley to come to visit the base for the 52nd annual air show, on March 11, 2023, with gates opening at 8:30 am., general admission and all parking are free.

This year, the base is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Women Flying in the Navy with many special guests in attendance.

Additionally, the installation is planning a classic car show, a Naturalization Ceremony for several uniformed members, a mariachi band, the U.S. Navy’s rock band, “The Destroyers,” as well as the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, and flying acts provided by the U.S. Air Force and commemorative warbirds. There is a lot to see and do this year.

“We have redesigned the layout of the Air Show to give our guests a more robust and entertaining venue,” said Marc Willis, the Air Show Director. “From the entrance to the airfield to where you will see the action, the event was re-imagined to create more viewing opportunities and enhance the ability to interact with the statics and performers,” added Willis.

A new feature this year is a meet and greet with the Blue Angels at the Imperial County Fair. On Thursday, March 9, the Blues, along with members from the NAFEC Air Show staff, and accompanied by a special guest will take the stage at 7 pm to introduce the 2023 team to the public.

The public is encouraged to visit the website www.elecentroairshow.com for the latest information.

“To complement our website, our base Facebook page, www.facebook.com/nafec is another great resource for people to get the information they need,” said Kristopher Haugh, the base’s public affairs officer.

“There are several well-intentioned people who have created events and web pages related to the 2023 Air Show, but these links are the only official ones,” he added.

“A radio broadcast, on 88.1 FM is also being planned for people in the vicinity of the base. This limited broadcast, approximately one mile, will enable the public to listen to all of the narration whether on base or if they chose to watch from a distance,” Haugh said. “This mimics, to a smaller degree what we did for the virtual 2021 air show.”

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