Besides skydivers, antique planes, military vehicles, aerobatic remote control planes and a wide array of vendors, Saturday's Victor Valley Airshow at the Hesperia Airport will be going for an official world record.

"We will need 1,200 guests to help in setting a Guinness World Record for raising the largest American flag ever at about 10:30 Saturday morning," co-organizer Randy Banks said last week at the Hesperia City Council meeting.

But the world record attempt definitely is not the event's only activity, according to Banks.
"This is just one of the activities we have planned for the day," he said. "We will display the world's largest single-engine bi-plane guests to walk through."

And aerobatic operations will occur "as long as the wind permits."

The first shuttle buses will leave the three off-site locations for airshow with the day's activities begining at 7 a.m. Attendees can board buses at Ranchero Middle School, Sultana High School or the Elks Lodge.

The main focus of the airshow is on educating the youth of the Victor Valley about the many aviation employment and education opportunities offered locally and through the world.

Secondly, according to organizers, the airshow's goal is to entertain as many families as possible. With more than 5,000 expected to attend, the event is expected to do just that.

Joining Banks, who serves as the Victor Valley Airshow Association president, is Michael Lowe, vice president and head of airshow vendor relationships, Kelly Orlando, a certified flight instructor who serves as VVASA secretary, Ensen Mason, treasurer and chief financial officer, and Garry Abbott, and Hesperia Airport Operator and airshow safety officer.

The airshow, which is free to the public, ends at 3 p.m.