After having light-up the Californian skies to celebrate 2018 LGBTQ Pride, Intel Shooting Star drones have replaced the traditional Independence Day fireworks show at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. In celebration of July Fourth and Travis Air Force Base’s 75th anniversary, 500 Intel Shooting Star drones have danced across the nighttime sky in a choreographed aerial routine that honors active military and veterans.
The origins of fireworks on July Fourth dates to 1777. For the first time, an Intel Shooting Star drone light show has celebrated Independence Day with an elaborate ceremony. Travis Air Force Base is collaborating with Intel to recognize active military, veterans and participants of the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). Travis Air Force Base has one of the largest Air Force EFMP populations. The program’s mission is to identify medical and educational service requirements of family members in support of active-duty sponsor reassignment and civilian employment overseas.
This drone light show has been a more inclusive July Fourth celebration that can be enjoyed by all families, especially those with sensitives to the sounds of firework explosions.
“The story of the Air Force is a story of innovation. With Travis in close proximity to Silicon Valley, the base strives to develop relationships and to play an active role in Northern California’s innovation ecosystem,” said Col. John Klein, Travis Air Force Base installation commander. “For our 75th anniversary and as a way of saying thank you for the unprecedented community support, we wanted to treat our friends and family to a special Independence Day celebration – Intel’s vision to reimagine fireworks with cutting-edge drone technology was a natural fit for our airmen and audience.”
“While fireworks amaze audiences of all ages, there are pollution and safety concerns and the loud sound effects are sometimes unsettling to humans and animals alike,” said Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager, Intel drone team. “This partnership showcases how Intel’s advanced drone technologies are making strides to positively impact the world and create new entertainment experiences for all audiences.”