Miramar Air Show — High Speed Excitement

There are many events one should experience in their lifetime. An air show featuring the United States Navy Blue Angels is one that should be at the top of the list. So, if you missed last week’s Miramar Air Show, make plans now to attend next year’s show.

The air show at Miramar features static displays from vintage military aircraft to the latest in drone technology. The aerial demonstrations range from gliders to World War II fighters to the ultimate F/A-18 Hornets of the Blue Angels. This all-day event (Saturday and Sunday with a twilight show on Friday) covers a history of military flight along with aerobatic demonstrations from a variety of civilian performers including Sean D. Tucker in his Oracle Challenger that does stunts that will take your breath away. On the ground, Les Shockley and his Shockwave Jet Truck (capable of speeds over 300 mph) and the Incredible Wall Of Fire are crowd favorites.

The real stars of the show are the military, with the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, the Marine Air-Ground Task Force, the AV-8B Harrier (fighter jet that can take off and land vertically), along with many more. But once you hear the roar of the Blue Angels, nothing else really compares. The Blue Angels precision, power and speed is nothing short of amazing. The F/A-18 Hornets are capable of speeds over Mach 1.7 (578 miles per hour) and with many of their formations they appear to be inches away from each other, and they are. The fact that this is a free event makes it even more amazing. I urge everyone to feel the power and excitement of this air show at least once in their lifetime.

—Jeff Mitchell

Publisher

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Posted by Karen Brainard on Oct 6 2011. Filed under Editorial. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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