'A Salute to Veterans and Their Families' is the theme for the annual MCAS Miramar Air Show, which ‘takes off’ Friday as part of Fleet Week.
The show, which is the largest air show in the country and annually brings in around 700,000 fans, includes the famous formation flying and aerobatic maneuvers of the Blue Angels and the Patriots Jet Team.
The Army’s Golden Knights parachute team will also show off their expert skills in the sky.
The Breitling Jet Team, the largest civilian aerobatic demonstration team in Europe, will also fly in as part of their first US tour.
Military airplanes will be on the ground for fans to look at and climb in, the Air Show Expo will feature a multitude of venders, there will be plenty of memorabilia to take home, and Saturday night ends in fireworks.
MCAS Miramar has a long air history going back to the Mexican-American war in the mid-19th century.
Charles Lindbergh used the abandoned Camp Kearny to practice takeoffs and landings in the plane he flew across the Atlantic in 1927.
In 1969 the Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program, more popularly known as the Top Gun School, was established there as a place to teach pilots dog-fighting and fleet air defense during the Vietnam War.
The show runs through Sunday (October 2-4) and admission is free.