Today we deviate a bit from our car related content to review the showcase of America’s finest Men, Women and military hardware on display at the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar. Home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and more than 10,000 Marines, the 23,000-acre facility at Miramar was awash with military, law enforcement and civilian displays of aircraft, vehicles and even a robotic dinosaur for the 2012 Miramar Air Show.
This year’s Air Show, entitled “Marines in Flight: Celebrating 50 Years of Space Exploration” featured the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and a host of death defying pilots who dazzled the crowds with their aerial acrobatics. The U.S. Army Golden Knight and USN Leap Frogs Parachute Teams got things kicked off followed by a Marine Air-Ground Assault demonstration. Once the smoke cleared the F-22 Raptor took to the skies to show off what this latest generation fighter can do. The F-22 was joined by a vintage P-51 Mustang which provided a memorable scene of American Air Power, past and present.
Sean Tucker, one of aviation’s “living legends,” and his Oracle Challenger, took over with his one-of-a-kind aerobatic show. The G-pulling performance was enough to make even the grounded spectators feel a bit queasy. After impressive demonstrations by the Navy’s F/A-18E Super Hornet, the Marine’s tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey and AV-8B Harrier jet, it was time for the much anticipated performance by the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron – The Blue Angels.
The team, which showed off their impressive skills in a ten minute choreographed demonstration started with maneuvers by a four-jet Diamond Formation in conjunction with two solo pilots screaming down the runway performing high-speed pass maneuvers. The six planes then joined together as one to perform in what is known as the six-jet Delta Formation.
Not only did the day at Miramar prove to be an excitement packed day of family friendly fun, but if you opt to pass on the preferred seating and parking, you can still enjoy the Air Show at no cost.