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MCAS Miramar Air Show 2019: What to know

Posted at 5:39 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 20:39:37-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The MCAS Miramar Air Show soars into town in September, bringing a spectacle of military and aerial might to San Diego.

This year the show will honor the contributions and sacrifices of our nation's first responders, giving locals a moment to "reflect alongside our local police, fire, and emergency medical heroes and honor them for what they do every single day."

The show will celebrate of armed forces with daily performances and demonstrations, exhibits, and static displays for guests to enjoy for free.


Air Show 2019 takes place Sept. 27 - 29 at MCAS Miramar. Tickets for seating to enjoy the festivities range from $7 to $260. Entrance to the show is free.


General admission guests can enter MCAS Miramar via the North, East/Main, or West gates. Drivers will then be directed to parking areas. Grandstand and box seat ticket holders may use the same gates as well.

Handicapped parking must be accessed through the West or North gates. Bus parking must use the West gate, as well. Bicyclists can enter through any gate, but must park thier bike near the flight live entry gate #2.

Preferred parking pass holders can access parking from Harris Plant Rd. off Kearny Villa Rd. Chalet ticket holders must access parking through the South gate.

This year, MCAS Miramar has set up a rideshare and taxi drop-off and pick-up location at the southeast corner of Elrod Ave. and Mitscher Way.


The airshow prohibits:

  • Federally banned substances such as illicit narcotics — including marijuana and marijuana products or accessories;
  • Weapons of any kind (regardless of permit), including but not limited to firearms, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), replica or toy weapons, pepper spray, mace, stun guns, and martial arts weapons;
  • Outside alcoholic beverages;
  • Pets, other than service animals;
  • Glass containers;
  • Bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, (kick and electric) scooters, skateboards, or hover boards;
  • Personal drones (quad or hex copters) and they are not allowed to operate on federal property or airspace; or
  • Lasers or laser pointers

Tents or awnings, or tailgating will also be banned from the event.

If guests are bringing anything, they must adhere to the following rules:

  • Keys, makeup, feminine products, comb, phone, wallet, credit cards, etc. in pockets if not placed in clear bag;
  • Binoculars and/or cameras;
  • One large clear bag per person;
  • Either a one-gallon Ziploc style bag, or commercially purchased clear bag – plus a small clutch for personal items. The larger clear bag must be made of clear PVC vinyl and easily searchable;
  • Clear seat cushions and seat pads without pockets, zippers, compartments, or covers; or
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary coolers or ice chests after proper inspection.


Fans routinely head over to the Air Show to check out the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration squandron. The stars of the show have been flying since the 1940s and their maneuvers in F/A-18 Hornets are always a thrill. And don't forget about the squadron's traveling companion, a C-130 named "Fat Albert."

The U.S. Army Golden Knights take to the skies but not inside aircraft. This parachute team fly to Earth at 120 mph, passing a baton and flying the American flag from 12,000 feet. And of course, they land right on target. The U.S. Navy Leap Frogs also soar through the air at death-defying speeds for fans.

The Marine Air-Ground Task Force Demonstration is always a draw, demonstrating the coordinated use of air support, armor, artillery, and infrantry forces, simulating an all-out effort by the Marines.

And, of course, there's the Aftershock Jet Firetruck — a 1940 For Fire Truck packed with twin Rolls-Royce Bristol Viper Jet Engines that total more than 24,000 horsepower.

Plus, tons more of awesome demonstrations and events, and static displays on based to see throughout the show. A daily schedule of events can be found here.