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EDWARDS OFFICIALS GIVE TIPS FOR VISITORS TO BASE AIR SHOW.

Byline: JIM SKEEN Staff Writer

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE -- To get the most out of this weekend's open house and air show at Edwards, arrive early and bring sunscreen, a hat and a lawn chair.

As many as 125,000 visitors are expected each day this weekend to view more than 100 ground displays and to watch aerial performers headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds precision flying team.

Gates will open at 7 a.m. and flying will start at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Each day's activities will wrap up at 4:45 p.m.

To reach the base from this area, go north on the Antelope Valley Freeway to Rosamond Boulevard and turn right. A second entrance is off Highway 58 east of Mojave. The south gate will be closed to the public.

With tens of thousands of people expected both Saturday and Sunday, Air Force officials are advising visitors to come early to avoid traffic congestion.

Motorists also are advised to fill up their vehicles with gasoline before they come to the air show. The gas station nearest to the base is 12 miles away.

No seating will be provided at the air show, so lawn chairs or blankets are needed for comfort, and so are well-fitted walking shoes.

The desert sun's effect is increased by the glare from the concrete on the flight line, so both sunblock and a hat should be worn. Visitors should drink plenty of water and be alert to any signs, such as dizziness or nausea, of heat damage. Temperatures are forecast to be in the low 80s for both days.

The show organizers also advise bringing hearing protection. An air show can be noisy.

Visitors are not allowed to bring pets. Visitors also are prohibited from bringing some items onto the base, including briefcases, backpacks, large or floppy purses and almost all ice coolers. The only coolers allowed are small ones containing just medicine or baby food.

Among other prohibited items are glass containers, bicycles, mopeds, sprays and stun guns, roller skates, skateboards, scooters or weapons of any kind, including any knife with a blade longer than 3 inches.

Alcohol cannot be brought onto the base. Some can be purchased at the open house. Base officials say visitors planning to use alcohol should have a designated driver. Edwards has a zero-tolerance policy for drunk driving.

Prohibited items will be confiscated and will not be returned.

Items that can be brought onto the base include cellular phones, low-power family walkie-talkies, diaper bags, strollers and children's wagons and umbrellas. Both video and still cameras are allowed.

Cell-phone use is prohibited while driving on the base.

Food, drinks and souvenirs will be available for purchase through a variety of concessionaires. Visitors need to bring money for food and souvenirs or pay a $3 fee to use an automatic teller machine.
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