AvGEEKERY.com — California’s March Air Reserve Base on Wednesday elected to cancel their upcoming air show featuring the Air Force Thunderbirds due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus.
In a statement released by the air base, show officials expressed concern for the families and military officials who live and work on the base. The March ARB event is the first air show to cancel due to the Coronavirus disease.
The air base is located east of Los Angeles in San Bernardino.
“After several meetings and conversations with local civilian and military health officials, we have decided to postpone the 2020 March Field Air and Space Expo due to COVID-19 concerns. Reschedule date to be determined.”
Thunderbirds public affairs officer Capt. Remoshay Nelson explained to this reporter, “I can confirm we received an official postponement notification from the air show planners of the 2020 March Air Field Air and Space Expo. Once a new date is established, we will assess our schedule to determine our availability to support.”
The March ARB event was scheduled to be the Thunderbirds third show of the season. That weekend date of March 28 and 29 will now become a bye weekend for many of the top air show performers.
The A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team was also scheduled to perform each day during their second show location. Other performers included World War II-era aircraft and the Canadian Skyhawks parachute team.
“Department of the Air Force personnel and their families live, work and attend school in this community and we are committed to doing our part to limit the spread of the virus,” the March ARB statement continued. “One of the Air Force primary concerns is preserving the ability of our servicemen and women to provide national defense and carry out our worldwide military missions.”
(Charles A. Atkeison reports on aerospace and technology. Follow his updates via social media @Military_Flight.)