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. This year’s air show is scheduled from Sept. 22 – 24, 2017.

The theme for the 2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show is “A Salute to Vietnam Veterans.” Our Air Show is not only an open door to the local community, but it also provides us an opportunity to recognize and honor the tremendous sacrifices made by our Vietnam veteran brothers and sisters. Their service was largely underappreciated during a time when support for the military was not as prevalent as it is now. Nevertheless, these brave men and women demonstrated their character and values by donning the uniform and serving the nation they love.

We hope you join us at the Miramar Air Show to recognize the service and sacrifice from our Vietnam War veterans. Despite overwhelming odds both forward deployed and at home, these men and women performed their duties with courage and demonstrated their commitment to the United States. We take time this year to reflect on their sacrifice and to salute their service.

We are also pleased to celebrate another year showcasing the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team and welcome back the Patriots Jet Team. Both jet teams are sure to impress in what will be thrilling performances of fast-paced, formation flying and choreographed aerobatic maneuvers. Additionally, MCAS Miramar is honored to host an amazing line up of civilian performers, including Sean Tucker’s “Oracle Challenger,” John Collver’s “Wardog,” the Shockwave Jet Truck and Steve Stavrakakis’ “Tribute to Vets.”

Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy exciting performances from military parachute teams and aerial demonstrations by the F-35B Lightning II, the AV-8B Harrier, the MV-22B Osprey, and an intense Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration. The MCAS Miramar flight line will also feature static displays, including past and present aircraft and ground combat equipment, air show memorabilia and plenty of vendors and activities for families to enjoy. Stop by and explore our military aircraft, or just sit back and enjoy the show.

While you are here, talk to the Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen who are here to support the show. Many of the young men and women you will meet have deployed numerous times to secure peace throughout the world. Their enthusiasm for what they do, and their passion for protecting our way of life, will impress you. Take a moment to thank these men and women who give so much to preserve the freedoms we enjoy every day. They are true American heroes.

MCAS Miramar has a long, rich history with the citizens of San Diego. We value this relationship and consider it an honor to serve and protect the citizens of the United States. On behalf of MCAS Miramar’s Marines and Sailors, we would like to thank San Diego for its unprecedented support of our young men and women in uniform. The air show is our way of thanking you for all you do for us. We are honored to share this incredible experience with you and truly hope you enjoy the 2017 MCAS Miramar Air Show.

Semper Fidelis,

 

MARK R. WISE Major General U.S. Marine Corps Commanding General 3d Marine Aircraft Wing and JASON G. WOODWORTH Colonel U.S. Marine Corps Commanding Officer MCAS Miramar