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    The show goes on: MCAS Miramar to open gates for Miramar Air Show

    The show goes on: MCAS Miramar to open gates for Miramar Air Show

    Courtesy Photo | The 2014 Miramar Air Show poster features acts and sponsors for the event, Oct. 3-5....... read more read more



    Story by Cpl. Christopher Johns 

    Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – The gates to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., are scheduled to open to the public for the 2014 MCAS Miramar Air Show, celebrating 101 years of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Oct. 3-5.

    Spectators from around the globe come to enjoy the show, which is one of the largest military air shows in the world, and boasts what some call the greatest attraction of all – the Marines and Sailors.

    “People should come up to each Marine and ask, ‘what do you do?’ so they can find out about all the specialties that go into running this air station,” said Maj. Phil Kendro, MAGTF demonstration coordinator with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and a Reston, Va., native. “As our Marines continue to engage in efforts throughout the globe, supporting anything from combat missions to humanitarian aid efforts, they work just as hard to put this show on for the public. They understand how important it is to show what their Marine Corps can do for the world, and they bear that in mind as the show draws near.”

    Expected to perform at the air show are the Navy’s Blue Angels and Leap Frogs, the Shockwave Jet Truck, the Red Bull Helicopter, the Oracle Challenger, the Patriots Jet Team and many more. It is also scheduled to feature the first ever demonstration at the Miramar Air Show by the F-35B Lighting, the newest addition to the Corps’ aerial arsenal.

    In honor of the CH-46 Sea Knight’s retirement, the show is also scheduled to feature a Sea Knight flown in the Vietnam War. The retiring aircraft stands out in a few of different ways, it took fire and received more than 300 rounds to its hull, it still flies today and boasts the original paint scheme that squadrons painted their aircraft with during the war.

    Several Sea Knights, commonly known to Marines as “Phrogs,” are scheduled to fly each day in a segment dubbed, the “Phinal Phrog Phlyover,” with a narration about the aircraft and its history.

    “This is the last air show that this historic aircraft is expected to participate in ever,” said Kendro. “These aircraft, some of which are more than 80 years old, take a lot of work to prepare and maintain.”

    The air show is also set to feature vintage military aircraft called Warbirds as static displays.

    These aircraft are now operated by civilian organizations or individuals sometimes featured in air shows or at major events where aircraft are a large attraction.

    “Almost all of the ‘warbirds’ attending the show are privately owned or maintained by volunteers,” said Kendro. “I would encourage the public to meet some of these volunteers and learn about these aircraft and the history behind them.”

    Various vendors, booths and stalls will be available for the public to visit and enjoy at their leisure between attractions.

    Maj. Gen. Michael Rocco, 3rd MAW commanding general, and Col. John Farnam, MCAS Miramar commanding officer, join their Marines and Sailors in the excitement of preparing for the upcoming show and want to share a special word with the San Diego Community.

    “For all of the Marines and Sailors of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and MCAS Miramar, Col. Farnam and I want to thank you, the San Diego community, who give us so much support,” said Rocco. “The Miramar Air Show isn’t just a way for us to showcase all the amazing capabilities of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force, it’s also an opportunity to introduce you to the young men and women who gladly serve daily to protect this great nation.”

    Rocco and Farnam both continue to prepare their Marines and the installation for the upcoming air show.

    “We are honored to share this experience with you, and look forward to seeing you soon,” said Farnam.

    For more information about the Miramar Air Show visit



    Date Taken: 09.29.2014
    Date Posted: 09.29.2014 13:10
    Story ID: 143618
    Hometown: SAN DIEGO, CA, US

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