Huntington Beach

Zoom! Great Pacific Air Show taking off

AIRCRAFT for the Great Pacific Air Show over Huntington Beach sortie from the Army Airfield at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos (DVIDS photo).

You’ve heard it, now you can see it.

The Great Pacific Air Show, the largest aerial exhibition in the nation, will be in the skies over Huntington Beach this weekend. In fact, if your house is shaking and dogs are barking, it’s a pretty good bet that the jets and other aircraft flying and practicing all over West Orange County (today) are preparing for the full events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The airborne stars sortie from the Los Alamitos Army Airfield at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. They’re doing practice runs today and Friday Finished routines will be on for Saturday and Sunday, all of that happening from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The accompanying festival around the city pier at Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway will be open on Friday until 9 p.m.

STEM/Education exhibits will be open all day Saturday and Sunday.

Jet airplane team acrobatic performances will include:

  • U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
  • Canadian Forces Snowbirds
  • Royal Air Force (Great Britain) Red Arrows.

Also planned are appearances by a USAF F-35 Lightning II demo, a USAF A-10C Thunderbolt I demo team, JetPack Men, Special Operations Para-Commandos and others.

Specific schedules are not yet available.

The air show is free to attend but special seating does require purchasing passes.

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