Pacific Airshow 2024, Huntington Beach, California Oct 4-6th

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Pacific Airshow 2024, Huntington Beach, California Oct 4-6th

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This years airshow on the beach looks really interesting.

Has anyone been there and have any tips or tricks?

This is the line-up released on June 20th. (bold=new addition)

USAF Thunderbirds
- US Navy Leap Frogs
- USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo
- USAF F-22 Raptor Demo
- USAF Heritage Flight [A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-22 Raptor, P-51 Mustang x2]
- US Navy F/A-18 Rhino West Coast Demo
- US Navy EA-18G Growler x2 Demo
- US Navy F-35C Lightning II Demo
- US Navy Legacy Flight [F/A-18 Hornet, F-35C Lightning II, F4F Wildcat]
- USMC MV-22 Osprey Demo
- USAF C-17 West Coast Demo
- USAF KC-135 Stratotanker Demo
- Louisina ANG ”Bayou Militia” [F-15 x2 Flybys]
- US ARMY Helicopters Blackhawk [x3] & Lakota [x2]
- Michael Goulian [Extra 330SC]
- Rob Holland [MXS-RH]
- Greg Colyer & Rob Mitchell T-33 Shooting Star (x 2)
- Jarrod Lindemann [RAD Aerosports Jet Waco] (Not confirmed by Organizer)
- Sammy Mason [Edge 540] (Not confirmed by Organizer)
- Jeff Boerboon [Extra 330]
- Franky Zapata [Flyboard & Airscooter]
- Scott Urschel [Bo 105]
- Patriots Jet Team L-39 Albatros (x 6)
- Red Bull Air Force ( Skydivers) (Not confirmed by Organizer)
- STOL Demo on Beach feat. Luke Czepiellia [x5]
- Scaled Composites [Aircraft TBA]
- Fedex 757 Flybys
- Torrey Ward [Microjet, Subsonex JSX-2]
- Jacko Strong [Parachute /Stunt TBA]
- The Horsemen [P-51 x3]
- Lyon Air Museum [C-47 Willa Dean]
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Re: Pacific Airshow 2024, Huntington Beach, California Oct 4-6th

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I am going to this show, I am looking to probably do the Friday as I'm hoping it will be quieter.

I have no prior knowledge though so I can't help with tips!

The line up looks classsss!
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Nice, we are going on the sunday on our way back from Hawaii and our honeymoon!

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That's a strong line up for a US show.

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Also now looking like one of the last demos of the a-10!! Talk about timing
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I went last year and it was alright, they were overselling it quite a bit though, with marketing such as "Forget everything you know about airshows! This is not an airshow, it's an experience!".

The show used to be free, but last year they started charging people to get in and I think that lead to a lot of people opting to watch the show from the outside. Granted, we only spent one day there, but there certainly wasn't anything near the 700 000 visitors reported by the organizers there on Saturday.

The line up was pretty good last year as well, with the US Navy showing off the F-35C, the Growler duo and the Super Hornet and the USAF/ANG participating with the F-22 and F-35A demo teams, as well as the Thunderbirds and an F-15C. Some of the American displays are pretty lacklustre compared to the European fast jet displays though.

If I was in the area, I would go again, but I wouldn't travel all the way to California just for the Pacific Airshow.

To sum up - if you don't mind seaside/beach shows and you can stand the near constant hollering of Americans, then it's worth a visit ;)

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Yep I'm ready to embrace the American Cheese, also some types we now rarely get to see in the UK so I am looking forward to it. Weird timing that we get to see the last ever demo of the Warthog as well. Plus sunny (hopefully) California in October ... rather than at work in England ... the countdown is on
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I thought it was going to be warm and sunny too - and it was, for a good while, but in the afternoon some heavy rain clouds rolled in and coupled with the wind it got really chilly.

It was my first US show, so I'll admit I wasn't expecting the level of "American cheese" that we got - as we were queuing to get in we had to walk past some Americans who'd parked their pickup trucks, adorned with American- and "Trump 2024" flags, along the beach. As we were waiting a GA aircraft (I can't remember if it was a Cessna, Piper or whatever) passed by the beach towing an American flag - and of course the pickup guys go bananas, and start shouting "MERICA!!! "Well, there's no need for that" YEAH - RED, WHITE AND BLUE, BABY!!!". I shrugged it off thinking was a one time thing, but aall throughout the day there were Americans shouting and "wooing" as things would fly by :P

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Agg wrote:
Fri 22 Mar 2024, 1:54 pm
I thought it was going to be warm and sunny too - and it was, for a good while, but in the afternoon some heavy rain clouds rolled in and coupled with the wind it got really chilly.

It was my first US show, so I'll admit I wasn't expecting the level of "American cheese" that we got - as we were queuing to get in we had to walk past some Americans who'd parked their pickup trucks, adorned with American- and "Trump 2024" flags, along the beach. As we were waiting a GA aircraft (I can't remember if it was a Cessna, Piper or whatever) passed by the beach towing an American flag - and of course the pickup guys go bananas, and start shouting "MERICA!!! "Well, there's no need for that" YEAH - RED, WHITE AND BLUE, BABY!!!". I shrugged it off thinking was a one time thing, but aall throughout the day there were Americans shouting and "wooing" as things would fly by :P
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Yeah I'm just going to go with it lol

And interesting you mentioned the weather getting a bit nippy, thanks for the heads up!

Also a little off topic but it will be an interesting comparison with RIAT at both this show and miramar. Like you said there will be a lot of whooping and hollering and very exited people at anything Merica, yet when we have had the US demo teams over at RIAT, when the over the top commentator comes on we all chuckle and normally role our eyes
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Return flight from Heathrow (arriving Friday evening and leaving Sunday midday) + motel for two nights, came to a total of £800. A bit expensive but the A10 and F22 demos have been on the top of my wishlist for years.
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I always fly into San Francisco, hire a car and drive. Flight is then only c.£500. It's a LONG flight for a weekend though and there's plenty to see and do over there. Weather is always el-scorchio when I go. I'm also far more respectful of the hosts then seems to be the sentiment above. It's their country / culture after all. We are their guests.

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Yes which is why the comments above are just in jest, I have been to the states many times and always have a good time, normally very friendly people. Was just joking around
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Far better show at Reno same weekend!

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US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet West Coast Demo and US Navy Legacy Flight added.

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I managed to book a return flight from Gatwick to LA for £400. Now I only need to get a cheap motel in the area + car hire. Can't wait.

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Pacific Airshow just released the participants, see the first post for all new additions!

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Blimey! This show is going to be fantastic, right at the end of my holiday.
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Updated the list.

Us Navy Legacy flight will consist of the F/A-18, F-35C and a F4F Wildcat.

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very nice!

Both Heritage flights are looking very nice indeed
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