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Shooting Star drones entertain hundreds in first large production at U.S. base

Intel Shooting Star Drones form the American flag in the sky over Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5 during the base’s Independence Day celebration. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)

Intel Shooting Star Drones form the American flag in the sky over Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5 during the base’s Independence Day celebration. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)

A couple throws a football ahead of Travis Air Force Base, Calif.'s Independence Day celebration July 5, 2018. The celebration, including food trucks, a rock wall, and a disc jockey, concluded with a drone light show sponsored by Intel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

A couple throws a football ahead of Travis Air Force Base, Calif.'s Independence Day celebration July 5, 2018. The celebration, including food trucks, a rock wall, and a disc jockey, concluded with a drone light show sponsored by Intel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

A family sits in anticipation of Travis Air Force Base Calif.'s drone light show July 5, 2018. In addition to the light show, the celebration included a rock wall, bounce houses and food trucks for Travis families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

A family sits in anticipation of Travis Air Force Base Calif.'s drone light show July 5, 2018. In addition to the light show, the celebration included a rock wall, bounce houses and food trucks for Travis families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

A view of Travis Air Force Base, Calif.'s Intel Shooting Star light show wherein Travis families were shown the choreographed capabilities of 500 drones during an Independence Day celebration July 5, 2018. The drones conducted a show consisting of various designs meant to highlight both the U.S. Air Force's and Travis' history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

A view of Travis Air Force Base, Calif.'s Intel Shooting Star light show wherein Travis families were shown the choreographed capabilities of 500 drones during an Independence Day celebration July 5, 2018. The drones conducted a show consisting of various designs meant to highlight both the U.S. Air Force's and Travis' history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Conrad)

Intel Drones form the words “No Bounds,” the motto of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, during an Independence Day celebration at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)

Intel Drones form the words “No Bounds,” the motto of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, during an Independence Day celebration at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)

Children play with bubbles prior to an Intel drone light show at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5, 2018. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman)

Children play with bubbles prior to an Intel drone light show at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5, 2018. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman)

Hundreds of people await the Intel Shooting Star Drone show at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5 during the base’s Independence Day celebration. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)

Hundreds of people await the Intel Shooting Star Drone show at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5 during the base’s Independence Day celebration. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)

Hundreds of drones form the California Bear over Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5, 2018 during an Intel drone light show. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman)

Hundreds of drones form the California Bear over Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5, 2018 during an Intel drone light show. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman)

Two children climb up a rock wall prior to an Intel drone light show at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5, 2018. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman)

Two children climb up a rock wall prior to an Intel drone light show at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5, 2018. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman)

A child climbs up a rock wall prior to an Intel drone light show at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5, 2018. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)
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A child climbs up a rock wall prior to an Intel drone light show at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5, 2018. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)

Intel Shooting Star Drones fly into the sky over Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5 during the base’s Independence Day celebration. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)
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Intel Shooting Star Drones fly into the sky over Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5 during the base’s Independence Day celebration. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)

Intel Drones form a C-17 Globemaster III and a KC-10 Extender in the sky over Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5 during the base’s Independence Day celebration. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)
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Intel Drones form a C-17 Globemaster III and a KC-10 Extender in the sky over Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5 during the base’s Independence Day celebration. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)

Intel Shooting Star Drones form the 75th Anniversary symbol for Travis Air Force Base, Calif., in the sky over Travis July 5 during the base’s Independence Day celebration. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)
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Intel Shooting Star Drones form the 75th Anniversary symbol for Travis Air Force Base, Calif., in the sky over Travis July 5 during the base’s Independence Day celebration. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joey Swafford)

Mekhi Hodgman, 5, shows his excitement as he waits for the start of the Intel Shooting Star Drone light show, while his mother, Joyce Hodgman, a community based therapist, answers a phone call at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5, 2018. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman)
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Mekhi Hodgman, 5, shows his excitement as he waits for the start of the Intel Shooting Star Drone light show, while his mother, Joyce Hodgman, a community based therapist, answers a phone call at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 5, 2018. The event featured numerous activities including music, bounce houses and an eight minute light show with 500 drones. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Intel Shooting Star drones entertained service members and their families with a drone light show over Travis Air Force Base, California, July 5 to celebrate Independence Day.

The show, which was pushed back from July 4 due to high winds, featured 500 drones affixed with LED lights capable of creating more than 4 billion color combinations in an eight minute production. During the performance, the drones were flown into multiple formations including the Travis 75th anniversary symbol, aircraft and the California bear.

“This was an amazing thing to experience,” said Airman 1st Class Joshua Arreaga, 60th Aerial Port Squadron air transportation journeyman, who saw the show with his wife, Jessica and son, Jonah.

“It’s outstanding and wonderful that Intel took the time to put this show on for us,” he added. “We typically see the fireworks in Suisun City, California, and this provided us an opportunity to see something unique.”

The show was awesome, added Jessica.

“The technology on display and colorful formations the drones were able to represent was impressive, so precise,” she said.

Travis partnered with Intel to foster patriotism and cultivate innovation amongst Airmen and the community surrounding Travis. The culmination of those efforts led to a performance that was the first of its kind on a U.S. military base.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to be the first to debut a drone light show on a US military installation,” said Natalie Cheung, Intel Drone Light Show general manager. “We wanted to showcase a new form of night time entertainment that could allow families and pets to enjoy our version of fireworks and experience something that wasn't available at Travis before.”

“We also wanted to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of Travis and the amazing work service personnel, both past and present, have committed to over the years,” she said.

Capt. Kaitlyn Bogan, 21st Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III pilot and a member of the 60th Air Mobility Wing’s commander’s action group, was part of the team that planned for two months to host the drones at Travis.

“I’m incredibly honored to have had a role in bringing the show to Travis, but I’m more proud of the team that came together to make this show a reality in a very short amount of time,” said Bogan.

“I hope that, above all, people loved the experience and were in awe of the show like I was the first time I saw it,” she added. “I want Travis Airmen and the community to feel proud of the fact that this was the first drone show on a Department of Defense installation. Travis is continuing to blaze trails in the world of innovation and this show was one way to demonstrate that fact in a beautiful, remarkable way.”

The drone team arrived at Travis June 26 to prepare for the performance. During their time at Travis, the team conducted numerous rehearsals and provided a demonstration for families who are enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program June 28.

The company’s drones have performed in more than 300 shows in 15 countries including the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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