Freedom roars over San Diego
By Lance Cpl. Carrie Booze
| | October 18, 2007
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO --
An estimated 700,000 spectators from all over the world gathered at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., for the 2007 Miramar Air Show Oct. 13-15.
This year’s theme was “Thunderbirds over Miramar—The Sound of Freedom,” as the Air Force Thunderbirds performed at the Miramar Air Show for the first time in 35 years.
Despite the downpour during the first day of the event, the show prevailed as the crowd was entertained by performances from The Thunderbirds, Marine Air Ground Task Force, Army Golden Knights and several other military and civilian performers.
The MAGTF demonstration was a crowd-pleaser as the audience witnessed Marines rappel from UH-1 Huey helicopters, while others moved in on their objective in M1A1 Abrams tanks. The simulated aerial attack heated up the show as the pyrotechnics erupted and dazzled spectators with the Great Wall of Fire.
The sky was filled with gold as the United States Army’s parachuting team, the Golden Knights, descended from a plane flying 12,500 feet in the air at the speed of 120 miles per-hour and landed on target with accuracy.
For those not watching the sky, the air show included more than 100 static displays of military and civilian aircraft where visitors were offered the chance to explore inside of them and speak to the pilots.
Elijah Narama, 7, said that his favorite part of the air show was being able to see how fast the jets can go through the sky. He said he also enjoyed being able to sit in the cockpit of the plane and see all the controls used to operate the plane.
Merchants’ tents covered the flight line, where they sold food and merchandise to the public. The depot’s Single Marine Program manned a tent where they sold food to raise money for their future events.
“The air show is a way to bring the community together so they can witness the different equipment the services use to defend our country,” said Cpl. Schuyler Moore, an egress system specialist from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. “It is motivating to see an array of people from all different countries gather here to support our armed forces.”