Celebrate Long Beach’s aviation and aerospace history at Festival of Flight in November – Press Telegram



The Long Beach Airport Festival of Flight will return early next month, the city announced this week, with planes on display, live music, food and beer trucks, and activities for the kids. and helicopter tours with purchase.

The Festival of Flight, canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, aims to honor the city’s aerospace heritage and spark interest in aviation. The six-hour festival will take place on November 6 on Taxiway E, at the west end of Long Beach Airport, with more than 10,000 people expected.

“The Festival of Flight is a great opportunity,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement, “for people to have fun, visit our historic airport and learn about Long Beach’s rich and important role in aerospace development.”

The free festival will have implemented coronavirus prevention measures, including the obligation to cover the face. And because the crowd size is expected to exceed 10,000, the festival is considered an open-air mega-event, which will require attendees to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours. following the event. Children 2 to 11 years old, who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, must test negative.

The city will provide quick and free COVID-19 tests at the entrance, but has recommended visitors get tested first.

The Festival of Flight received the Excellence in Public Information and Communications Award for Best Recurring Event of the Year from the California Association of Public Information Officials in 2019.

“The LGB Festival of Flight provides a fun day out for the whole family and helps inspire the next generation of aviation enthusiasts,” airport manager Cynthia Guidry said in a statement. “We are very happy to host this award-winning event again and thank the community for their support. “

The festival will offer people the opportunity to walk around the airfield and see planes from different eras of aviation; past festivals featured WWII fighters and huge cargo planes. There will also be activities for children.

Because the event is outdoors, the city, in a statement on Tuesday, October 12, recommended that attendees bring water and wear suitable footwear.

Free parking will be available at the corner of East Wardlow Road and Globemaster Way; there will also be a lot of overflow. Bicycle parking will also be available.

“The Festival of Flight is a unique opportunity to showcase our historic airport,” said City Councilor Stacy Mungo, whose Fifth District includes the airport, in a statement, “in a way that allows the community to walk on the airfield and to see and interact with the aircraft up close.

If you are going to

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 6

Or: Long Beach Airport, Taxiway E, 3590 E. Wardlow Road

Cost: To free

Information: 562-570-2678 or [email protected]

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