Blue Angels to take to the sky as MCAS Miramar Air Show returns

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — They are, without a doubt, rock stars of the sky. This weekend, the Blue Angels will be rocking the skies over San Diego.

“We hope to inspire people to aim high, see the possibilities and maybe use this experience to do something awesome.”

Doing something awesome is a way of life for those talented enough to take the controls of an f-18.

Even more awesome, when that f-18 is painted blue and gold.

“When we’re up there, it’s complete and total focus. But we couldn’t do it without the support team, it’s special because we achieve great things when we work together as a team.”

While the Blue Angels are considered the greatest fighter pilots on earth — they’re also the greatest public relations for the Navy.

After the ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ of the air show — they hope that people will be inspired.

“And of course the kids, we love to see their faces and that spark in their eyes.  We hope to inspire them to do something cool, and it makes everything worthwhile.”

At this air show, you’ll also be able to get up close and personal with the military’s latest and greatest fighter jet — the f-35 — the most advanced and most expensive jet ever made.

The f-35 has a super quick take off, and is capable of a vertical landing, like a helicopter.

“So the f-35 is scheduled to replace the Prowler, the Harriers and the Hornets in the next five to 10 years.

Almost as impressive as the military, private pilots will be showing off as well.

These guys are like acrobats of the skies. It’ll make you dizzy — just looking at them.

This may be an air show, but, it’s going to be a full military experience — including serious hardware and ground troops,  going through the motions.

This year is extra special — It’s a long-awaited salute to the veterans of Vietnam.

“As a part of the salute to Vietnam Vets, they have the traveling Vietnam Veterans wall, a replica of the original in Washington D.C.

“It’s only half the size, but it has all 58-thousand names of people who died in the Vietnam conflict.”

This was the war that no one wanted and was never really understood. As a result, those who made it back home were greeted with anger and hate.

“So this is an opportunity to say thank you to the Vietnam era service members, who did not get a warm welcome when they came home, to honor them and say thank you.”

So grab your earplugs, and your red, white and blue — the best of the best are here at Miramar Air Base. 

For more information on the Air Show running from Sept 22 to 24, visit here

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