The Great Pacific Airshow
October 4-6, 2019 | 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Practice performances will commence around 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM Friday October 4
4th annual show line-up will feature the, USAF Thunderbirds, The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and others, 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.
Show center is located Pacific Coast Highway & Huntington Street. 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.
Parking will be available on a first come, first served basis around the city. Biking or walking are suggested for those who live / are staying close. For the Great Pacific Airshow parking guide please click here.
They are limited and will be provided on a first come first served basis.
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 09/27/19
- All standard Sunset Vista rules will apply.
PLEASE DIRECT ALL INQUIRIES TO SUNSET VISTA: SUNSETVISTACAMPING@SURFCITY-HB.ORG
Complimentary park and ride shuttle service will be available on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, from 10 am - 5:45 pm.
- Goldenwest Transportation Center (7301 Center Ave)
- Huntington Beach Civic Center (2000 Main Street)
Event Drop Off:
- Show center at Pacific Coast Highway, OCTA Zone 3 (across from Pacific City)
Complimentary shuttles will run every half hour. Last shuttle departs show center at 5:45 pm.
No wagons, bicycles, or large coolers allowed on board. All hand-carried items must fit on your lap or on the floor in front of your seat. Aisles must remain clear for safety purposes. Please note, glass and alcohol are prohibited on the beach.
Regular weekend service will NOT be running during the Great Pacific Airshow. Also, please note there will be no shuttle service on Friday, October 4. Live GPS tracking will be available for all shuttles at SurfCityUSAShuttle.com.
Flight Line Club- $119.00 // Buy Tickets here
The Flight Line Club provided an unforgettable experience with delicious catered lunch, hosted bar including beer and wine (for those 21 and over), soda and water, and a premium view of the exciting aerobatic performances at show center.
The Flight Line Club is a private chalet on the beach with shade, umbrella-covered tables, and extra chairs. Close by are private restrooms. All seating is unreserved and on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Flight Line Club opens at 9 am and catering and beverage service to begin at 11 am.
Flight Line Club Reserved Table for 10 - $1,119.00 // Buy Tickets here
Bring your friends, co-workers, and clients and reserve a table at the oceanside Flight Line Club to enjoy all the same experience as the Flight Line Club
Pier Seating - $30.00 // Buy Tickets here
Experience the airshow at its most intense with a seat on the iconic Huntington Beach Pier! Ear protection is strongly recommended! Seats are unreserved and can be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gates open at 11 am.
The Drop Zone - $20.00 // Buy Tickets here
Formerly known as Beach Seating, the Drop Zone experience is the ultimate view of the airshow at the water's edge with access to a no-host bar with beer, wine, sodas, and water. Private restrooms are nearby. Arrive early to reserve your space on the sand. Bring your own beach chairs and blankets for maximum enjoyment! No coolers or EZ up tents are allowed in this section and valid ID is required for those purchasing beer and wine.
- USAF Thunderbirds- Millions of people have witnessed the Thunderbirds demonstrations, and in turn, they’ve seen the pride, professionalism, and dedication of hundreds of thousands of Airmen serving at home and abroad. Each year brings another opportunity for the team to represent those who deserve the most credit: the everyday, hard-working Airmen voluntarily serving America and defending freedom.
- The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows - The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, is one of the world's premier aerobatic display teams. Representing the speed, agility, and precision of the Royal Air Force, the team is the public face of the service. They assist in recruiting to the Armed Forces, act as ambassadors for the United Kingdom at home and overseas and promote the best of British.
- Canadian Forces Snowbirds - The Canadian Forces (CF) Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron are a Canadian icon comprised of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and National Defence Public Service employees.
- US Air Force F-35 Lightning II Demo - The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations, and advanced sustainment.
- US Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II Demo Team - The A-10 is the Air Force's premier close air support aircraft, providing invaluable protection to troops on the ground. The Air Combat Command A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team, stationed out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, brings the aircraft to air shows around the country to showcase the unique combat capabilities of the A-10 "Warthog." They perform precision aerial maneuvers while highlighting the mission and professionalism of the men and women of the United States Air Force. Additionally, the team brings attention to the Air Force's proud history by flying formations with historical aircraft in the Air Force Heritage Flight
- SOCOM Para Commandos - The SOCOM Para-Commandos are the only joint service parachute demonstration team in the U.S. military. These Special Operations team members are selected after a rigorous training program and participate in this team in addition to their regular duties.
- Yak 110 - Jeff Boerboon - Jeff is no stranger to The Great Pacific Airshow. Fans may remember him 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 awesome pilot! In addition to flying for fun, Jeff also currently flies for a major airline.
- Horsemen F-86 Team - We took off over a decade ago as the world's only P-51 Mustang formation aerobatic team. Since that time, the team has grown into flying other platforms in formation, including F8F Bearcats, F4U Corsairs, and F-86 Sabres and most recently, the P-38 Lightning. Even though we change up our aircraft, our philosophy of flight has never changed; ESCAPE LIFE'S GRAVITY.
- Red Bull Air Force - The Red Bull Air Force is a team assembled from the most accomplished and experienced aviation experts on the planet. They specialize in highly coordinated aerial jump demonstrations and continually push the limits of human flight.
- USN F-18 Demo - The US Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F/A-18 Hornet flight teams perform at airshows across the country. Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA-122), also known as the "Flying Eagles", is the west coast team and Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106), also known as the "Gladiators", are the east coast team.
- Greg Colyer - 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. Colyer took his first flight at age 7 and has been hooked ever since. He has been flying for more than three decades after serving in the U.S. Army in the 1980s. He began flying T-33’s in 2007 and soon after acquired the T-33 he flies in airshows across the country. He founded a non-profit to help preserve these aircraft.
- Mike Wiskus - Lucas Oil’s Mike Wiskus is another experienced professional who has been flying planes for over 40 years. In fact, Mike 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.
- Lyon Air Museum's C-47 Dakota- Known as the “Willa Dean,” the Lyon Air Museum’s C-47 is one of the most complete and original C-47s currently in operation and has been flying since 1941. The Lyon Air Museum was founded by Major General William Lyon and is located in Orange County, CA. On exhibit at the museum are authentic aircraft, rare vehicles and related memorabilia with an emphasis on the defining event of the 20th Century – World War II.
- U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III and KC 135 Stratoktanker- Flying in this year’s airshow is a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, one the largest military transport aircraft, and a KC 135 Stratotanker. These two aircraft will perform a simulated air-to-air refueling demonstration.
- FedEx 757- Returning for its fourth 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.
Food and Beverages
A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase (cash and credit) near show center. The Great Pacific Airshow's concessionaire makes every effort to ensure menu items are suitable for all guests. It is recommended that all attendees who have food restrictions eat before the show and / or bring your own snacks.
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 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
- Practice performances will commence around 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM Friday, October 4, 2019
- 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 The Great Pacific Airshow here