Pilots rehearse aviation demonstrations ahead of Miramar Air Show

MIRAMAR, Calif. (KGTV) — We are less than 24 hours away from the highly anticipated Miramar Air Show.

He’s back after a 2-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

On Thursday, the pilots took to the skies to rehearse before the big event.

“The entire air station is incredibly excited to bring the air show back,” said Col. Marty Bedell, commanding officer of MCAS Miramar.

Col. Bedell said they were releasing all the action-packed tricks during the three-day event.

“The Marines are coming out of the helicopters quickly. You’re going to see planes attacking the airfield. You’re going to see a wall of fire,” he said.

The theme for this year’s air show is Marines: Fight, Evolve, Win. It is “a direct reflection of the Commander of the Marine Corps Force Design 2030 program and the technical innovations the service is undertaking to remain the ready force of the 21st century.

It will also include an exhibition on innovation and technology.

“The Marine Corps is going through a period of modernization and transformation. We are thinking about how we do business and what new sets of equipment we need,” Col. Bedell said.

Bedell said, the most important thing is that the community can see firsthand everything they do to defend our country.

“For people to get on board and meet marines, sailors and soldiers, airmen, coast guards and see who is defending our nation, that’s the really exciting part of the air show,” he said. he declares.

For aviation fans, the most exhilarating part of the show is the US Navy’s Blue Angels.

“It’s going to be fantastic. It’s going to be fun,” Blue Angels fighting chief captain Brian Kesselring said.

Kesselring said this will be their second season of air shows aboard the new F-18 Super Hornets.

The planes are 33% larger than older models and have more thrust.

“We’ll have a new twist on old maneuvers. We’ll have new maneuvers for people who, whether it’s their first time or their 76th time, are seeing our air show,” Kesselring said.

And the training for the show is rigorous.

Kesselring said they train two to three times a day for up to six days a week from November to March.

However, he said it was worth representing his brothers and sisters in arms and inspiring other aviation fans.

“It’s really special. As much as it’s a testament to airbending, I’d say it’s an even bigger testament to teamwork,” Kesselring said.

The air show runs from September 23 to September 25. The event is free to the public.

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