From the Command
Welcome to MCAS Miramar and the World’s Largest
Military Air Show
Welcome to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, home of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and the largest military air show in the nation.
It is with great pleasure that we open our flight line to the city of San Diego, surrounding communities, and guests from across the globe to partake in this exciting annual event. We are thrilled to welcome back the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron and the Patriots Jet Team as well as an amazing line-up of civilian performers.
Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy exciting aerial performances by many of our Marine Corps aircraft to include the F-35B Lightning II, the AV-8B Harrier, and the MV-22 Osprey and the Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration team. You’ll see how the coordinated use of close air support, armor, artillery, and infantry forces aggregate into a unique form of combat power that continues to make the Marine Corps the most capable fighting force in the world.
For almost two and a half centuries, the Marine Corps has been the first to fight, with a history characterized by grit, innovation, audacity, and steadfast commitment to the service of the nation. Our storied legacy is a tale authored by individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life, bonded in purposefulness and the shared experience of having earned the title of Marine.
This year, we take the opportunity to recognize the contributions and sacrifice of our female warriors with our theme of “100 Years of Women in the Marine Corps”. From the first female enlistment in August 1918 to the graduation of the first female infantry platoon commander in September 2017, women have served with honor and distinction. Comprising approximately 8 percent of today’s Corps, women serve at every rank from private to lieutenant general, in all occupational fields, in support of world-wide operations both in combat and in peace.
While you are here, take the opportunity to talk to the extraordinary men and women who are here to support the air show. They will be happy to share their wide variety of experiences and enthusiasm for what they do.
On behalf of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar’s Marines and Sailors, we would like to thank the city San Diego for its unprecedented support of our men and women in uniform. Whether you are a first time guest or a seasoned attendee, we are honored to share this incredible experience with you, and thank you for your support. We truly hope you enjoy the 2018 MCAS Miramar Air Show.