The annual Point Mugu Air Show, which features jets, experimental aircraft and stunt planes in maneuvers ranging from aerial drag-racing to aerial ballet, is expected to draw 200,000 spectators to the Pacific Missile Testing Center this weekend.
Events will range from graceful to "gut busting," said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Rick Fessenden, the show's director.
The program begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with the Leap Frogs, the Navy's parachute team. The parachutists will drop from the sky toting an American flag while the California Air National Guard band plays "The Star Spangled Banner."
Civilian pilot Wayne Handley will manipulate his experimental home-built Pitts Special through a series of heart-wrenching maneuvers he calls "agrobatics."
"He has the plane every which way, except right side up," Fessenden said.
Aerial ballet will be performed by The French Connection, making its Point Mugu debut. Daniel Heligoin and Montaine Mallet will fly in synchronized patterns in a dance that brings their planes canopy to canopy.
Next is a race: Jet dragster Scott Hammack will pit his Smoke-n-Thunder exhibition jet against a stunt plane being flown upside down by Oxnard pilot Joann Osterud, repeating a closely fought race from last year.