Organizers of the Miramar Air Show have announced new elements to the annual San Diego event to promote a program that won’t include the traditional Blue Angels performance.
In July, it was announced that military involvement in air shows nationwide would be cut as part of federal budget cuts. That includes any military aircraft support for the air show scheduled for Oct. 4-5 north of San Diego.
Interim Mayor Todd Gloria was joined by other city and business leaders Thursday to highlight the new features for this year's show.
Participants for the event next month will be able to take part in a 5K Runway Fun Run/Walk and family bike ride and watch Racelegal Drag Racing as part of the Air Show event.
“By coming out to the airshow not only are you going to have a great time with family and friends, but you're also making a statement that you want the airshow to continue,” Gloria said. “And I know our friends in Washington, D.C. will hear that loud and clear.”
The announcement Thursday was part of a push to encourage more people to come and support the military. Admission is free but preferred seating tickets are available online.
A team consisting of former Navy Blue Angels, Air Force Thunderbirds and Canadian Snowbirds pilots is also scheduled to perform.
There will be a large static display of Marine Corps aircraft and ground combat equipment, both past and present.
Also, on Saturday there will be a large fireworks display.