Fightertown USA baby! Well, the ‘cats and the Navy are long gone, but the sound of jets sure aren’t. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, home to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, now puts on the largest airshow on the west coast each and every year. And after a 3 year hiatus, I had the fortune of attending this show.
This year, with the US Air Force celebrating it’s 60th Anniversary, brought the USAF Thunderbirds back to Miramar after a 35 year absence. But as attractive as the Thunderbirds are, the true stars are the local Marine aircraft and helicopters. The highlight of the show has always been the MAGTAF Demo. 2 F/A-18D Hornets, 2 AV-8B Harriers, 2 KC-130 Hercules, UH-1 Huey, 2 Ch-53E Super Stallions, 2 AH-1W Cobra, and 3 CH-47 Sea Nights. Toss in some pyro and some tanks and you have one impressive demonstration.
For more pictures, check out my MCAS Miramar Gallery