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Miramar Air Show returns

After a brief hiatus due to federal government sequestration, the Miramar Air Show returns to Marine Corps Air Station-Miramar in San Diego this weekend in San Diego. As has been the case every year the airshow has taken place at Miramar, dating back to when it was the home of the U.S. Navy’s “Top Gun” school, the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team of the U.S. Navy will be the featured act on both days, Saturday and Sunday.

  • There are shows on Friday, October 3, but they are reserved for military and Department of Defense-base personnel and their families.
The World War II era F-4 Corsair flown by the U.S. Marine Corps. Behind it is the MV-22 Osprey.

The World War II era F-4 Corsair flown by the U.S. Marine Corps. Behind it is the MV-22 Osprey.

There are two shows per day: day and twilight, but the Blue Angels — with their C-130 support plane, “Fat Albert” — will only perform during the day shows.

Along with the Blue Angels will be demonstrations and  flybys from many of the U.S. military’s newest and oldest aircraft, including those from past eras, World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam. Private citizens have lovingly restored many of these old warplanes and fly them in demonstrations around the country.

Sean D. Tucker in the Oracle Challenger III.

Sean D. Tucker in the Oracle Challenger III.

Also performing will be aviation legend Sean D. Tucker and Team Oracle. He flies the Oracle Challenger III biplane in excess of 200 miles per hour performing aerobatics few other pilots attempt.

The latest aircraft will be on display for fans to see up close as well as in the air. Including the newest aircraft: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (YouTube)

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

There will be a Marine Air Assault demo, the Army Golden Knights and Navy Leap Frogs Skydiving teams and aircraft from other nations, including Korean War era North Korean MiG-15.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and the day shows begin at 9 a.m. The twilight show begins at 5:30 p.m.

(All photos by Tim Forkes unless otherwise noted.)

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