You can’t tell the story of aviation without including Long Beach. Amelia Earhart learned to fly here. Howard Hughes flew his H-4 Hercules, popularly known as the “Spruce Goose” and one of the largest planes ever built, for its first and only flight here. The need for Douglas Aircraft to house workers at its mammoth plant in Long Beach—which built thousands of airplanes during World War II—led to the construction of the city of Lakewood.
Long Beach Airport’s Festival of Flight, canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, returns this year on Saturday. The free event, which is expected to draw 10,000 attendees, will include aircraft on static display, live music, food and beer trucks, activities for kids and helicopter rides for purchase.
The aircraft on display will include a P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk, and even a DC-8 that NASA converted into a flying laboratory.
All attendees will have to show proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of the event. Children ages 2 to 11 who aren’t yet fully vaccinated or can’t be vaccinated will also have to show a negative test.
The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 on Taxiway E, located on the west end of the airfield at 3590 E. Wardlow Road.
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