SPIRITS HIGH IN VAN NUYS 70,000 ATTEND POSSIBLY THE LAST AIR SHOW AT VENUE.Byline: ALEX DOBUZINSKIS Staff Writer
VAN NUYS -- An estimated 70,000 flight fans turned out at the Van Nuys Airport Van Nuys Airport (IATA: VNY, ICAO: KVNY, FAA LID: VNY) is a public airport located in Van Nuys, California in the San Fernando Valley, within the Los Angeles city limits. on Sunday to watch what might have been the last air show at the popular venue, which is making room for propeller aircraft.
Airplane lovers young and old got an up-close look at everything from World War II bombers to a helicopter airship airship, an aircraft that consists of a cigar-shaped gas bag, or envelope, filled with a lighter-than-air gas to provide lift, a propulsion system, a steering mechanism, and a gondola accommodating passengers, crew, and cargo. called the ``Flying Banana The nickname Flying Banana may be applied to:
The F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation American fighter aircraft that utilizes fourth-generation stealth technology. , made a maiden flyover of Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. .
Children said they look forward to the annual air show, called Rockin' Airfest, featuring a number of bands.
But officials said that Sunday's show could be the last, the result of redevelopment at the airport that will eat up the more than 50 acres of vacant land used for the air show.
Plans call for the land to be used for small hangars and propeller planes.
``Airfest 2006 is a great opportunity for us to be here. But one thing I want to remind all of you as well is that this air fest may be our last,'' said City Councilman Tony Cardenas Tony Cardenas served in the California State Assembly. In the Assembly, he had the powerful position of chair of the Budget Committee. He is now a Los Angeles City Councilman, representing the 6th district, which includes parts of the San Fernando Valley. , eliciting shouts of disappointment from audience members.
Cardenas said construction could start soon on a number of small hangars and an open area to tie down propeller planes. The plan, which has been in the works for a decade or more, could take three years to complete.
Rockin' Airfest is a revamped version of previous air shows at the Van Nuys Airport, and it combines music and airplane displays. Going back decades, the airport first hosted a military-sponsored air show and later an open house display without music or flyovers.
David Lim David Lim is a Singaporean mountaineer and motivational speaker who led the first Singapore Mount Everest Expedition in 1998. Between 1994 and 1998, he led and organised a team from the flat tropical island nation to the top of Everest. , 11, of Reseda attended the event with his family.
``It's really very interesting and I learned lots of facts (about) airplanes,'' Lim said. ``I learned that the F-22 Raptor is the fastest ... (and has the) best technology in the whole air fest.''
While they waited in anticipation for the F-22 Raptor's flyover, children also flocked to older aircraft like the World War II-era B-25J Mitchell. The giant bomber had machine guns and an instrument allowing the bombardier to control the plane from the nose cone nose cone
The forwardmost, usually separable section of a rocket or guided missile that is shaped to offer minimum aerodynamic resistance and often bears protective cladding against heat. .
Another popular display was the CH-21B Flying Banana, a military aircraft with two propellers that seems to curve like a banana.
Aldwin Generoso, 11, of Northridge wants to fly planes when he grows up. He always looks forward to the show.
``Because you can look for new planes,'' he said, ``and see (all) the cool stuff out here and meet new people.''
(1) Crowds walk the tarmac Sunday at Rockin' Airfest 2006 at the Van Nuys Airport.
(2) Glenn Terwilliger stands in the cockpit of a 1945 P-51 at Rockin' Airfest 2006 at the Van Nuys Airport on Sunday.
Michael Owen Baker/Staff Photographer