— Third Annual Airshow returns to Huntington Beach, Oct. 19 – 21 —
The Great Pacific Airshow, returning to Huntington Beach this Oct. 19 – 21, announced the heartstopping aerobatic, warbird and military performers for this year’s show.
Headlining the show for the second time is the pride of the Air Force, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Flying Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons, the Thunderbirds perform with mind-bending precision and choreographed sequences that electrify audiences with every roll, pass and formation.
Jeff Boerboon is no stranger to the Great Pacific Airshow, fans may remember Boerboon flying the Screaming Sasquatch, the jet-propelled biplane that performed in 2016. Making its West Coast debut and bringing twice the excitement to Huntington Beach at this year’s Airshow is Jeff Boerboon’s Yak 110. This one of a kind aircraft is made of two fuselages, two propellers, one jet engine and one pilot. Boerboon’s performance will include rolls, dives and spins that will thrill attendees of all ages.
Another returning favorite will be the Lyon Air Museum’s C-47 Dakota, also known as the “Willa Dean.” This plane is one of the most complete and original C-47s currently in operation and has been flying since 1941. Flying another piece of history is Greg Colyer who will fly a T-33 he named the “Ace Maker,” the U.S. Air Force’s first operational jet.
Seasoned airshow professional and fan-favorite, Bill Stein, will be flying his Edge 540. Stein began flying aerobatics when he was still a student pilot and has performed at air shows all across the United States for over 20 years. Michael Wiskus is another experienced professional who has been flying planes for over 40 years. In fact, Wiskus has never had any other job. He will be flying Lucas Oil’s stunt plane “Super Stinker,” formally known as the S-1-11B. This plane has been redesigned from its original build to reach new heights that will wow crowds at this year’s airshow.
The Huntington Beach Police Department and Marine Safety Division will again team up for a Search and Rescue Demo that will show their techniques for open water rescues.
Military performers include a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, one the largest military transport aircraft, and KC 135 Stratotanker. These two aircraft will perform a simulated air-to-air refueling demonstration.
Returning for its third year will be the FedEx 757. This transport aircraft thrilled the crowds in 2017 when during a low, high speed pass the Boeing 757 achieved aerodynamic contrails, or vapor, over the wings.
Fans will also have the opportunity to experience the country’s most remarkable over-the-water Airshow from the best seats in the house. New VIP ticketing options provide premium viewing experiences, with food and beverage options, and even seating on the pier. For more information visit pacificairshow.com/tgpatickets. No matter where you are your experience will be enhanced with the live audio simulcast through the iHeart Radio LA app’s custom Airshow channel. Download the app now, and enjoy pre-show interviews with pilots, tips for visiting the show and more.
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*Performer line up can change based on aircraft availability and other assignments, particularly for military. These changes or substitutions are at the discretion of the airshow.