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Pacific Airshow wows spectators on opening day

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels team members split out as they perform on the first day of the Pacific Airshow.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels team members split out as they perform on the first day of the Pacific Airshow on Friday in Huntington Beach.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Day one of the spectacle is complete.

Thousands flocked to Huntington Beach on Friday for the beginning of the three-day Pacific Airshow, making a return this year after it was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A U.S. Navy Blue Angels team member comes in low on the first day of the Pacific Airshow.
A U.S. Navy Blue Angels team member comes in low on the first day of the Pacific Airshow on Friday in Huntington Beach.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds and U.S. Navy Blue Angels all made appearances Friday, along with several performance teams. The party continued into the night, with Sammy Hagar & the Circle set to play at the inaugural Afterburner Music Festival on the beach.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over Huntington Beach on the first day of the Pacific Airshow on Friday.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Saturday’s schedule includes the Thunderbirds at 11:41 a.m., the Snowbirds at 1:12 p.m. and the Blue Angels at 3:25 p.m., with Cassadee Pope, the X Ambassadors and Sam Hunt taking the Afterburner stage following the conclusion. Saturday’s action will also be streamed live on Hulu.

The airshow concludes Sunday.

Two U.S. Navy Blue Angels team members come in close to one another at the Pacific Airshow.
Two U.S. Navy Blue Angels team members come in close as they cross one another on the first day of the Pacific Airshow on Friday Huntington Beach.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)
Visitors look to the sky as they watch the Pacific Airshow on Friday in Huntington Beach.
Visitors look to the sky as they watch the U.S. Navy Blue Angels team members perform technical maneuvers on the first day of the Pacific Airshow on Friday in Huntington Beach.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

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