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A collection of high-tech military and civilian helicopters will be on display at the Valley’s admission-free American Heroes Air Show on Saturday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hansen Dam Recreation & Sports Complex. High tech helicopters on static display, aerial demonstrations, exhibits and a public safety career fair will highlight the event honoring the men and women in uniform and civilian volunteers who save lives and safeguard communities every day.


"It’s an honor to work with the City of Los Angeles to host such an awesome display of technology representing the best of rotary-wing aviation," said Jim Paules, the event’s founder and volunteer executive director. "American Heroes Air Show offers Los Angeles residents a unique opportunity to learn about these amazing aircraft while being able to meet and thank the crews that defend our neighborhoods against the recent wildfires in the Southland."

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early for the "Rollin’ to the Rescue" caravan of vintage fire, police and emergency service vehicles at 9:30 a.m. Nearly 40 rare and beautifully restored emergency service vehicles will arrive along Foothill Boulevard in a blaze of CODE 3 lights and sirens and remain on static display throughout the day.

The opening ceremony with Councilmember Richard Alarcón will commence at 11 a.m. honoring the volunteer heroes of public service.

The Golden Stars Skydiving Team, an official goodwill representative of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, will launch the day’s aerial demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. Soaring above the crowd, the jumpers will fill the sky with smoke, spinning canopies and streamers as they perform precision maneuvers. As the skydivers spiral down, they will display U.S. and POW/MIA flags majestically overhead.

The L.A. City Fire Department’s Air Operations Unit also will perform their Heritage Fly Over; a three ship precision water drop with red, white and blue water, followed by a vintage Huey helicopter formation flyover. Additional aerial demonstrations may be scheduled throughout the day subject to the operational requirements of participating aircraft.

More than 25 military and civilian helicopters are expected for display, including the U.S. Air Force Pavehawk, a highly modified version of the Blackhawk helicopter used by combat search and rescue teams to recover personnel from behind enemy lines and denied areas of operation. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sikorsky homeland security, national defense and news reporting agencies. exciting flyovers and aerial demonstrations, learn about careers in public service and the rare opportunity to get an up close look behind the controls of some of America’s most fascinating flying machines."


Other featured aircraft include the H-3 Sea King used for high altitude and swift water rescue, emergency medivac and tactical resources movement operations; the U.S. Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk used for search and rescue, drug interdiction and cargo lift missions; and a variety of other aircraft used by fire protection, law enforcement,

"We’re very excited to offer the community an event that is both awe-inspiring and entertaining," said Paules. "We invite people of all ages to enjoy a full day of

Guests can buckle up for a bird’s eye view of the event by purchasing helicopter rides provided by Adventure Helicopter Tours, the show’s official ride ship sponsor. Visitors who present a Metro ticket or pass will receive a five percent discount on helicopter ride purchases. Plus, free event trading cards will be available to the public at the show operations booth while supplies last.

Subscribers to the Los Angeles Daily News newspaper can find a full color event supplement inserted in their Thursday, July 22 edition of the Daily News. The supplement provides a full event schedule and listing of participating aircraft and recruiting teams.

The American Heroes Air Show’s main entrance is located at 11480 Foothill Blvd. in Lake View Terrace with free admission and parking. Major event sponsors include Adventure Helicopter Tours, the Los Angeles Daily News, Burbank Kawasaki, Los Angeles Departments of Recreation and Parks and the Emergency Management Department and the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

For more information visit www.heroes-airshow.com

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