The Great Pacific Airshow
October 19-21, 2018 | 12 PM - 4PM
Practice performances will commence around 12 PM - 4PM Friday October 19
3rd annual show line-up will feature the USAF Thunderbirds, in what is sure to be a spectacular event. The Huntington Beach Airshow is free to the public with a large event footprint spanning Huntington City Beach from Seapoint to Beach Boulevard. Make it a day down at the beach and grab a bonfire pit to cook out while watching the show. Or grab a bite to eat at restaurants like Duke's, Sandy's that are right by the Huntington Beach Pier or Jack's and Zack's that are right by the viewing area of the airshow. Parking will be available but is limited, and any frequent questions about the show can be found here. In addition, there will be RV parking and VIP tickets available.
Show center is located across Pacific Coast Highway- across from The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel. Anywhere along the beach north or south of this location will be a terrific spot to view the show.
- Beach guests should anticipate little to no shade. Bring a beach umbrella if you need a shaded area.
- Handicap seating area on the pier will be available on a first come first served basis. Please be aware that no transportation is offered from your vehicle to and around the airshow site.
- Yes, you can watch the airshow from a boat on the water. Boaters should refer to the US Coast Guard notice to mariners for further location information.
- Yes, you can swim and surf during the show however expect to only be able to swim in waist deep water during the show time.
- USAF Thunderbirds
- Lyon Air Museum's Douglas C-47
- Michael Wiskus- Lucas Oil Aerobatics
- Fed Ex 757
- Blackstone Airways
- Huntington Beach PD Rescue Demo
- Orange County Sheriff's Rescue Demo
Parking will be available on a first come, first served basis around the city. Parking will be difficult to find and will increase to $30 per day. Hourly rates are available at the Pier Plaza lot and Main Promenade Parking Structure. Yearly and monthly pass holders will not be charged. Delays and queues are expected throughout the city due to the sheer volume of traffic anticipation. Guests are advised to leaved early and expect frequent delays or to seek alternative transportation to the show. Limited Uber drivers & Lyft drivers will be available. Biking or walking are suggested for those who live / are staying close.
Reservations are limited and will be provided on a first come first served basis. Please submit your reservation request here and a Sunset Vista Representative will reach out to confirm and process payment. reservations close at 5:00 PM on October, 12, 2018.
Dates: Camping will take place from 10/18 to 10/22. Check-in will begin at noon on 10/18 and all campers must be out by noon on Oct. 22.
Cost: $1,600 per site for 4 nights (10/18-10/22) and $1,200 for 3 nights (10/19-10/22)
Sites: Front row (beach front) sites will accommodate RV’s up to 30’ in length and the second row will accommodate a maximum of 46’. Electricity and water hookups are provided and a dump station is available.
What’s Included: There are a maximum of 2 vehicles. This may be an RV plus one car or it may be a trailer and the tow vehicle. The second vehicle must be kept in the camping space. Any additional vehicles will be charged the daily rate for each day.
Reservations: Reservations may be made here or in person at: Sunset Vista, 103 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
- Sites will be assigned. If you want to request a space next to another camper the request must be included in the application.
- Reservations will not be accepted if received after 5p.m. on 10/12/18.
- All standard Sunset Vista rules will apply.
PLEASE DIRECT ALL INQUIRIES TO SUNSET VISTA: SUNSETVISTACAMPING@SURFCITY-HB.ORG
VIP Tickets are available for purchase. Buy your VIP tickets here.
Note: Parking is not included in any VIP purchase.
Officially, the Thunderbirds are known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron.
- They perform 40 maneuvers
- 75 minutes air demonstration
- Thunderbirds air demonstrations is a mix of formation flying and solo routines
- The four-jet diamond formation demonstrates the training and precision of the Air force pilots
- The lead and opposing solo aircraft highlight the max. capabilities of the F-16 Flighting Falcon
- Thunderbirds performs no more than 80 air demonstrations each year
- Thunderbirds officially activated June 1, 1953
- Since aircraft are only slightly modified, they can be made combat-ready in less than 72 hours
Recently christened “Willa Dean”, has had a long and successful service life.
- Transferred from the USAAF to the French in May of 1945, this aircraft continued to fly for the most part unmodified
- 1967 it again changed ownership, this time transferring to the Israelis
- Then, it was sold and found its way to Lyon Air Museum as one of the most complete and original C-47s currently in operation
- “Willa Dean” now carries the colors of the 440th Troop Carrier Group’s 97th Troop Carrier Squadron, complete with D-Day Invasion Stripes
- Crew: Three--Pilot, Co-pilot, Navigator Passengers: 28 Troops
- Speed: Maximum, 224 miles per hour Cruising: 160 miles per hour
Michael Wiskus passion for aviation started when his Dad took him to his first air show at their hometown in Iowa at the age of 10.
- Mike’s air show career is a testimony of how dreams really can come true
- 2002 U.S. National Aerobatic Champion
- Member of the 2004 U.S. Aerobatic Team
- Mike has traveled the World with the same aircraft you will see him performing in
- "That crazy guy in the orange biplane"
The world’s largest express transportation company.
- The cargo carrier with the most 757s is FedEx Express
- Two-crew member glass cockpit
- Turbofan engines of sufficient power to allow takeoffs from relatively short runways and higher altitudes
- Supercritical wing design for aerodynamic drag
After retiring from American Airlines in 2007, Captain Michael E. Blackstone missed his life of being an airline pilot. In 2015, Michael’s son, decided to purchase this 1957 Beech E18S so he and his Dad could fly together to fun destinations with friends and loved ones once again.
- The only executive interior, charter capable Beech 18 left on the planet set up to do luxury flights to places like Catalina Island, Napa Valley, Las Vegas, and Paso Robles with 6 passengers comfortably seated in the back
- A plane that movie stars elites flew on in the 1940s-1960s
- Thrilled over 10,000 clients in the last 18 years
The Huntington Beach Police Department Air Support Unit provides support to ground based units engaged in all facets of law enforcement while, serving the citizens of Huntington Beach. This support includes, but is not limited to Patrol and Traffic Operations, Surveillance, Marine Safety and Fire protection operations, Aerial Photography, Search and Rescue, and Training.
- In the past 12 months the aircrews responded to over 5,500 calls for service
- These helicopters are the latest technology and designed to be 30% quieter than tail rotor models
Sheriff's Department helicopters are scheduled to provide patrol services seven days a week. Flight crews work four ten-hour shifts, both days and evenings. The Aviation Support Unit provides coverage seven days a week. One aircraft performs scheduled patrol flights, while the other is available for scheduled maintenance and special assignments, as needed.
- Provided assistance at aircraft crashes, giving first aid and emergency transport for survivors and directing ground units to the scene
- OCSD flight crews are able to rapidly transport members of a bomb squad or other specialized personnel
Pilots don't fly without a checklist, why should you? Use this checklist of helpful tips to optimize your Airshow experience:
- NO DRONE ZONE
- Bring beach chairs or a beach towel for seating
- There is no schedule of the acts given out. The show is from 12 PM - 4PM
- Practice performances will commence around 12 PM - 4PM Friday October 19
- Be prepared for traffic delays
- Obey all posted parking signs. The last thing you want after a fun day is a parking ticket.
- Hydrate, hydrate hydrate!
- Bring sunglasses, a hat and umbrellas
- For more information, CONTACT (714) 536-5286