City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 102716
Long Beach Airport’s Festival of Flight is Ready for Takeoff
Free community event will be bigger and better than ever before with static displays, live performances, entertainment and much more
Stephanie Montuya-Morisky
Public Affairs Officer

The Festival of Flight promises to be one of the largest, free community events of its kind in the region, with static aircraft and automobile displays, live music, giveaways, a children’s activity area, and plenty of local food and drinks on Saturday, November 5. Formerly known as the Fly-In, the event’s new brand reflects its surge in size and popularity.

“Since 1923, Long Beach Airport has been an important part of the Long Beach community and a major asset to our city,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The Festival of Flight will be a great opportunity for the public to celebrate the Airport and Long Beach’s role in aviation.”

Thousands of attendees are expected on the west end of the airfield at 3590 East Wardlow Road between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm as free parking will be available off Cherry Avenue at the corner of East Wardlow Road and Globemaster Way.

“The Festival of Flight will be a fun, free celebration where neighbors can have exclusive access to historic Long Beach aircraft and honor our heroes of aviation and America,” said Councilwoman Stacy Mungo. “The festival will have more to offer than ever before for neighbors of all ages, and I look forward to the community enjoying a fun festival together.”

Highlights of the festival include:

  • Orbis DC-10 flying eye hospital built at McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach, and converted into an ophthalmic hospital and teaching facility that includes classrooms, operating theaters, and laser rooms.
  • DC-3, Gulfstream Jet, Citation, Mustang and WW II-era warbirds.
  • Airport partners such as fixed-base operators, helicopter operators, and law enforcement divisions including the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station Sky Night helicopter.
  • Live entertainment provided by Rock for Vets, a car show put on by Honoring Our Fallen, and a Touch-a-Truck display.
  • Commander Chuck Street, broadcast personality and helicopter pilot, will serve as Grand Marshall.

“We are thrilled to host this community event,” said Airport Director Jess L. Romo, AAE. “Our airport holds an esteemed spot in aviation history and a special place in the community. We will provide wonderful family-friendly entertainment and inspire a new generation of aviation enthusiasts during the Festival of Flight.”

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About Long Beach Airport
Founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California, Long Beach Airport (LGB) recently completed a revitalization to update its facilities. In 2012, a new passenger concourse opened to the public and has since garnered extensive praise for its modern design and architecture, local eateries, and easygoing travel experience. Recently, both Fodor’s Travel Guide and the BBC named LGB one of the top 10 terminals in the world, and USA Today and recognized LGB for Best Airport Dining in their Readers Choice poll. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with nearly 300,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment, as well as a leader in maintaining a sustainable, environmentally responsible operation. For more news, pictures, videos and announcements of what's happening, "Like" us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @LBAirport and Instagram @lgbairport.