Brent Bernasconi

MCAS Miramar Air Show Welcomes Back the Blue Angels and More


For 57 years, Marine Corps Air Station has opened its gates for a weekend full of super-sonic flight, daring aerial acrobatics and amazing nighttime pyrotechnics. The Miramar Air Show, bestowed with the honor of “World’s Best Military Air Show” by the International Council of Air Shows in 2007, is the largest military air show in the nation and a sight not to be missed.

Daily at the Miramar Air Show

The Blue Angels to soar over San Diego!

Each day at the Miramar Air show is an aviation enthusiast’s dream. Over 100 planes sit on the runway waiting to be explored while F/A-18s and F-22 Raptors alongside historical aircraft including B-25s and P-51s flyby overhead. Make sure to stick around for the Marine Air-Ground Assault Demo at 12:30 PM and the pièce de résistance at 2:45 PM, the Blue Angels.

Miramar Air Show’s Saturday Twilight Show

Blue Angels Cargo Jet with Pyrotechnics

Sparks fly during the Twilight Entertainment at the Miramar Air Show. Photo courtesy of Performer Media Kits & MCCS.

The Saturday Twilight show is a sight to see with plenty of excitement including a jet car, F/A-18s afterburner passes, a special effects powered glider and the infamous Robosaurus! But the Marines aren’t done yet, they cap of the night with a spectacular fireworks display and the amazing Great Wall of Fire. You have to see it to believe it.

What to Know About the Miramar Air Show

What to Bring: Blanket seating is free so feel free to bring beach chairs, blankets and hand-held umbrellas. You can also bring a small cooler of snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. It can get warm so be sure to bring hats, sunscreen and plenty of water.

Parking: Give yourself plenty of time to get to MCAS Miramar. Entrance to the parking areas can quickly back up, especially as it gets closer to the afternoon and twilight shows. There will also be bicycle parking for those looking to avoid the long car lines.
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Where: MCAS Miramar (directions)
Dates: October 12-14
Times: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Twilight Show on Saturday: 5:50 to 9:00 PM
Cost: General Admission is Free

Brent Bernasconi

Happy Top Gun Day!

Top Gun Poster

In 1986, San Diego, Oceanside, NAS Miramar, the former Naval Training Center, Kansas City Barbecue and aviator glasses took off into stardom with the theatrical release of Top Gun!

Even though the movie was released on 16 May, today, 13 May, is Top Gun Day! So leave work a little early today, put on your aviator sunglasses, play some beach volleyball, have some ribs at Kansas City Barbecue (which still has the jukebox), and then head over to the nearest bar to order a Hemlock.

For those of you who remember the famous cottage of Maverick’s love interest, Charlie, here is a short video about its long history in Oceanside. Too bad the motorcycle is no longer parked outside.

After you enjoy the day, you should fly on down to the San Diego Air & Space Museum, USS Midway Museum, or the Flying Leatherneck Museum for some aviation history (because 1986 was a long long time ago!).