Miramar Air Show this weekend
By Emily Sorensen
The 57th annual Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar Air Show is going to be streaking back into town this weekend, with daytime shows being held all three days, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 – Sunday, Oct. 14, as well as a Twilight Air Show being held Saturday, Oct. 13 after the daytime show from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Gates open at 8 a.m.
This year’s theme is “Marines in Flight: Celebrating 50 Years of Space Exploration,” honoring Marines who have served with NASA, with static exhibits honoring former astronaut John Glenn, among others.
The air show promises a grand spectacle this year for the anticipated 700,000 attendees, with the daytime show featuring performances from the world-famous Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy Jet demonstration squad, a demonstration from the Marine Air/Ground Task Force (MAGTF) assault on the flight line, and a number of military performers, including the AV-8B Harrier, the F/A-18 Super Hornet, a F-22 Raptor, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs.
There will also be civilian performers, featuring Sean D. Tucker, John Collver’s AT-6 Texan “War Dog” Six Place L-39 Patriot Jet Team, Silver Wings Wingwalker, and vintage warbirds.
In addition to the aerial displays, there will be over 200 military and civilian display aircraft to explore, simulation rides, the Air Show Expo, which showcases several local businesses and free kids’ activities, souvenir shopping, and food and beverages.
The Twilight Air Show will feature civilian performers with special aerial pyrotechnics, military afterburner passes and a fireworks show. The Great Wall of Fire will end the show.
For safety reasons, the air show has forbidden bringing in any weapons regardless of permit, alcoholic beverages (alcoholic beverages will be sold on-site), glass containers, pets other than certified service animals, ice chests or coolers larger than two gallons, bags and backpacks larger than a standard 8-by-11-inch backpack, and any bicycles, roller skates or blades, scooters or skateboards. These items are subject to confiscation.
Parking, general admission and blanket seating are free, while grandstand, preferred box seating and chalet seating may be purchased online at www.miramarairshow.com, or by calling 1-877-772-5425.
Authorized active duty, retired personnel, reservists and family members with military ID cards may purchase discounted preferred seating tickets at the MCAS Miramar Ticket Office for the Friday, Oct. 12 show only.
For more information, visit www.miramarairshow.com.
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