Every year, residents of San Diego look forward to the Miramar Air Show on the first weekend of October. Nearly a quarter million people converge on the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS Miramar) to view a well orchestrated display of aircraft acrobatics. Residents of Mira Mesa, Sorrento Valley, Clairemont and Scripps Ranch homes get backyard views of an assortment of jets, stunt planes, military transports, hand gliders, sky divers, sky writers, and thrilling fireworks. People from all over the Southwest come to San Diego to enjoy the show.
This year’s air show was held Friday October 2 through Sunday October 4. I was showing homes for sale in Rancho Penasquitos on Friday, and was able to see some planes from afar. With such nice weather, I really didn’t want to miss the event so I gathered up the family and headed to Miramar on Saturday.
After a year’s absence, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team returned to San Diego to headline the event. The sky was crystal clear on Saturday as the Blue Angels streaked and looped through a twenty-plus minute performance of high speed acrobatics. Your very own San Diego Realtor caught the great photo of the Blue Angels leaving smoke in formation right beside this year’s MCAS Miramar Air Show banner, above. The public may use these as free stock photos of San Diego to use on the web as long as the photo contains attribution in the form of a link back to this website.
The Canadian Snowbirds Jet Demonstration Team flew the event for the first time, and the 24-member group impressed the crowd with elegant maneuvers, including a tight nine jet formation. The Patriots Team of L-39 jets started the Saturday twilight show. As the sky darkened, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team was a crowd pleaser. The paratroopers jumped from high altitudes, leaving smoke trails in artistic patterns as they accurately descend upon tiny targets below. Late in the day, at the twilight show on Saturday, the Golden Knights jumped at dusk, trailing sparks through the darkened San Diego sky.
The air show couldn’t have been a better success this year. After several years of clouds, the weather cooperated beautifully. The Marines always handle the massive crowds with care will also putting on an effective display of giant crowd control. It is an easy drive up I-15 to Miramar Way, and a slow roll into the parking area. Spectators then must endure a long walk from the parking lot to the flight line, which is only partially offset by the free shuttle bus routes. Most people just plan to do a lot of walking, but the walk is worth it.
One of the greatest things about living in San Diego, aside from the weather, of course, is the great number of entertainment options. I recommend taking a day away from the San Diego beach homes and joining the crowds at the Miramar Air Show. It really is fun for the whole family.