SAN DIEGO -
Some 500,000 people are expected to jam into Marine Corps Air Station Miramar this weekend for the 2012 Miramar Air Show.
Planning for this year's event started the day after last year.
"We are usually 14 months out and believe it or not we are just beginning the planning stages for 2013 and 2014," said Lt. Col. Evan Wahl, project coordinator for the air show.
Grandstands that will seat 28,000 people are near completion and corporate chalets are beginning to take shape along the flight line.
The Blue Angels will highlight the weekend and will close out each performance Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
"We're fortunate that many of the performers know about Miramar and want to participate because it's one of the largest, of not the largest military air show in the country," said Wahl.
The airfield will shut operations down in the small hours Tuesday and starting Wednesday, the aircraft for the static display will start arriving including new this year a B-52 and a B-1 bomber.
This year's theme is Marines in Flight, 50 years of Space Exploration.
For more information on the 2012 Miramar Air Show, which runs Oct. 12-14, visit http://miramarairshow.com.