Local

October 6, 2017
 

MCAS Miramar hosts annual air show

John Battey
special to Aerotech News

miramar1
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in Southern California hosted its annual air show and open house Sept. 22-24.

The theme of this year’s show was a salute to Vietnam Veterans and the show featured a special tribute to the vets and their families.

The mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall was on hand — an exact half-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The three-day event is the largest military air show in the United States. The U.S. Navy flight demonstration team the Blue Angels were the headline Act.

miramar2

The F-35B, the Marines’ newest aircraft and the world’s first 5th generation fighter with advanced stealth capabilities, flew at the show and demonstrated the short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities of the aircraft.

The air show also featured a demonstration by the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. The air show also featured the intense Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration.

The four-element firepower demonstration features a simulated combat assault attack from the air and the ground that included FA- 18 Hornets, AV-8B Harriers, and Ospreys, helicopters and tanks. The event also included a large static display area featuring the Marine Corps F-35B aircraft, the MV-22 and the U.S. Air Force B-1B Bomber, four F-15s and the C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane.

miramar3

The 2017 Miramar Air Show met the standard of excellence set by previous shows at the base, creating a showcase for elite flying and static displays.

MCAS Miramar, commanded by Col. Jason G. Woodworth, as well as part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commanded by Maj. Gen. Mark Weiss, were once again given a chance to show the public its fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters along with its state-of- the-art equipment.

The public was given a rare opportunity to meet the brave and courageous men and women in uniform as they train to support the war on terrorism.
 
miramar4
 
miramar6
 
miramar7
 
miramar8




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

The Raiders remembered

Courtesy photograph Lt. Col. Richard Cole, last of the Doolittle Raiders. Last week an airmen died, and with his passing so too comes the end of the journey of 80 men who, during World War II, did more to assure our victory and...
 
 

In California, giant Stratolaunch jet flies for first time

A giant six-engine aircraft with the world’s longest wingspan completed what company officials called a superb initial flight over California’s Mojave Desert, bringing to life a dream held by the late Microsoft co-f...
 
 

Former fighter pilot files to challenge Rep. Hill in 2020

A former Navy fighter pilot announced April 11 that he will challenge first-term Rep. Katie Hill in 2020, arguing that the Democratic agenda is out of step with the district anchored in northern Los Angeles County. Republican Mike Garcia said in a statement April 11 that he’s disgusted that Washington Democrats “are voting in lockstep...