Pacific Air Show 2021

When:

October 1st-3rd

10:00am-4:30pm

Where:

Center stage is between Beach Blvd and Twin Dolphin rd. along the beach. Directly in front of the Waterfront Hotel

Since 2016, The Pacific Air Show has put on an amazing display of private and military performers that you can enjoy watching right from the beach! After canceling last years event due to Covid, this year is going to be spectacular with some new performers and some of the great performers from previous years.

This year, the event will be held October 1st - 3rd. If you are on the beach September 30th, you will likely see some jets fly overhead to scout the area.

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2021 Schedule/Performers

7:00 - Ocean Cup Boat Race

10:13 - OCFA helicopter

10:21 - Canadian Anthem

10:23 - USA Anthem, U.S. Navy Leap Frogs, Red Bull flag jump

10:30 - Greg Colyer / Ace Maker

10:43 - Michael Wiskus / Lucas Oil Biplane

10:56 - Lyon Air Museum / B-25 Mitchell Bomber

11:10 - U.S. Navy F-35C Demo Team

11:26 - U.S.M.C. Osprey Demo Team

11:34 - FedEx Boeing 757 (3 passes)

11:41 - U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds

12:27 - Michael Goulian / stunt plane

12:43 - U.S.N. EA-18G Growler Legacy Flight

12:59 - Rob Holland / stunt plane

1:12 - R.C.A.F. Snowbirds

1:53 - U.S.A.F. F35A Demo

2:11 - U.S.A.F. Heritage Flight

2:26 - Red Bull Air Force

2:47 - Orbis Flying Eye Hospital / 3 passes

2:58 - U.S. Army Golden Knights Paratroopers

3:14 - Jeff Boerboon / Yak 110

3:25 U.S. Navy Blue Angels

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Stunt Plane

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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

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Lucas Oil Biplane

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F35 vapor cone

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U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight

Where to watch

What's cool about this air show is that there's lots of space to watch! Find a spot on the sand between Huntington Pier to Beach Blvd. Center stage will be directly in front of Hilton Waterfront so if you want to be right in the action, that's where the planes will converge and the main displays will take place. Farther out from there will be a great view and you will likely avoid the main crowds if that works best for you. Parking will definitely be difficult so arrive early and get lunch beforehand or take a rideshare service.

For a better/paid experience, here are some even better viewing choices:

  • Davey's Locker will take you on a boat to watch from the water which will allow you to have the best view without having to look into the glare, you also get the best background for photography. For this, you will park in Newport Beach so you will also avoid the parking issues near the air show
  • Dolphin Safari will also take you on a boat to watch the air show but from Dana Point which is also much easier for parking, if you live in South Orange County, this is a great option to just relax and not have to drive.
  • Hilton Waterfront has viewing from their rooftop lounge which allows you to overlook the entire event and not have to deal with crowds. The view from here will also allow you to not have to look up into the glare and the performers will be right in front of you.
  • Premiuim Seating on the beach will get you under the shade of cabana and chalets and out of the sand, with chairs to relax from. From this location you will be near the announcers so you can hear all the info. You can also enjoy pier viewing which will allow you to have a great view looking down the beach and the performers comes straight at you.
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Lucas Oil Biplane and Long Beach Fire Boat

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C-47 "Willa Dean"

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U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight

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Red Bull Air Force

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Yak-110

Huntington Beach Air Show

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Lucas Oil Biplane

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Lyon Air Museum

Don't forget to make a stop by Lyon Air Museum located at John Wayne Airport where you can check out some of the air shows performers and see some vintage planes!

Lyon Air Museum

Afterburner Fest

This year there will also be post show concert on the beach to top it all off!

October 1st-2nd, stick around after the air show to see several performers, see the official Afterbuner Fest website for more info. Between performers will also be night jumps from Red Bull Air Force.

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