In October, I was able to attend my first air show. The Miramar Air Show is an annual air show held at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California. The three-day event is the largest military air show in the nation, with total annual attendance estimated at 700,000.
Best of all, the entrance to the event is completely free of charge (they don’t even charge for parking). You can opt to pay a little bit if you want to see the different aerial displays from a closer angle.
The show includes a large selection of “static” (non-flying) displays showcasing aircraft from the United States Marine Corps, Navy, Army, and Air Force arsenals, as well as civilian and historic military aircraft.
Numerous commercial vendors, military recruiters, area law enforcement recruiters, civilian flight organizations, and other businesses are also on site.
Even though I almost lost my hearing with those planes flying close to the speed of sound, I have to say I enjoyed every part of the event. It is impressive how pilots are able to do so many acrobatics without losing control of the plane (or helicopter). I will definitely return to the event or attend a similar one.
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Miramar Air Show in Photos
Here I leave you with some photos of the show.
Miramar Air Show Details
The Miramar neighborhood is located 13 miles from Downtown San Diego and 104 miles from Los Angeles. The area is located within a reasonable distance from many spots in Southern California and makes a great day trip.
If you are attending the show, wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You will spend a considerable amount of time on your feet or walking around.
Also, it is essential to go prepared for the harsh sun. Wear sunblock, lip balm, a hat or cap, sunglasses, and, possibly, long sleeves.
The noise at the event is brutal. There is a high probability it will hurt your ears. Bring air plugs. And, do not forget about your kids. They are more sensitive to noise. Bring them air plugs or protective headphones.
Since there are many vendors and displays on-site, bring a small bag or backpack to consolidate the free swag they provide.
Miramar is one of the top places to taste beer in San Diego.
You will be spoiled for choice with big names such as Saint Archer, Ballast Point, Mike Hess, and Mikkeller. Or, you can opt for smaller operations (which many argue have better flavors) like Little Miss Brewing, Duck Foot Brewing, and Pure Project.
The Miralani Maker’s District adds diversity to the area by having wine, sake, cider, mead, and spirits tasting rooms. In addition, there are coffee, juice, and food vendors in the facility.
Shoppers will find plenty of options along Miramar Road or at the nearby Westfield UTC (in La Jolla).
Lake Miramar has trails suitable for walking, running, or biking.
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Have you been to the Miramar Air Show? Let me know in the comments section below.