To mark the 70th anniversary of the first supersonic flight on Oct. 14, 1947, following the formal ceremony Edwards Air Force Base will launch two formation flights which are scheduled to pass over Southern California schools October 13 as part of its outreach to support STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education.
The first formation – two F-16 Fighting Falcons, a B-1B Lancer and an F-18 Hornet from NASA – will fly on a route over the Antelope Valley and Bakersfield, California.
The second formation – an F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15 Eagle, F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II – is scheduled to fly a flight path over several cities in Southern California, including, San Bernardino, Colton, Riverside, Costa Mesa, Long Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Agoura Hills, Simi Valley, Granada Hills, and Santa Clarita, Canyon Country and Palmdale.
Both flights paths will be at an altitude low enough for easy viewing by the general public and will take place between noon and 1 pm Friday. The jets will pass over selected schools.
On Friday at 11 am, F-16 and F-18 sonic booms will be heard to kick-off the Team Edwards Day Ceremony. Other sonic booms will be executed at 1:30 to 2 pm and 6 pm Friday, and 7 to 7:16 am on Saturday. Click below for more info.