Miramar base air show will go on, but without military planes flying

SAN DIEGO -- The air show at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego is still set for Oct. 4-5, even without military planes overhead, the Marines announced Monday.

The show will continue with civilian planes and pilots and with “static displays” on the ground of Marine aircraft, Col. John Farnam, commander of the Miramar base, announced.

The Navy’s famed demonstration team the Blue Angels had been set to be the headliners. But the team canceled the Miramar performance, along with all of its performances for the year, due to the budget restraints called sequestration.


The Marine Corps initially had hoped to continue the show with Marine fixed-wing and rotary-wing craft aloft. But then the Department of Defense broadened its sequestration order to rule out all use of military aircraft in flight for such shows.

That led to concern that the Miramar show, in the past considered the most heavily attended in the nation with more than 500,000 visitors, might be scuttled altogether. Not so, the Marines announced Monday.

Farnam, in a video, said that visitors will be able to see Marine aircraft on the flight line and get “a chance to talk to our Marines and sailors.” He added, “You won’t be disappointed.”


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