Fighter aircraft nearly broke the sound barrier flying over parts of Orange County as the U.S. Air Force commemorated the 70th anniversary of the first supersonic flight Friday.
The event featured flyovers above multiple schools in the Orange County area including J.H. McGaugh Elementary School in Seal Beach. One of the viewers was Air Force Capt. Nathan Welch, a graduate of the elementary school in 2000.
It’s an “incredible feeling to know that this school does so much to support the military kids that attend here,” said Welch, who will soon be winding up his military service and has already announced himself as a candidate for Assembly District 72.
The commemoration worked in support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), a program designed to promote development in fields essential to the future of the state and nation, according to the 412th Test Wing event website. The event launched two formations solely intended to fly over multiple elementary schools in Southern California, the website stated.