Miramar Air Show takes flight

SAN DIEGO - The annual Air Show at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar will get underway and run through Sunday.

The 2018 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Airshow will honor 100 years of women in the Marine Corps. Since World War I, women have served in the Marine Corps contributing to the U.S. victory of multiple wars, battles and conflicts. This year’s airshow will recognize the accomplishments of women Marines in the past 100 years.

"I do feel honored," said Captain Daphne Vargas, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot. "A lot of people are coming up and saying thanks for your service. It makes me feel really delighted to be a part of that."

Last year, just over 512,000 people attended the three-day show. Organizers expect that number to be even higher this year.

Attendees can get an up-close look at performances by military and civilian aircrafts and participate in military demonstrations.

"Americans get a lot of their information from the military from movies and TV, and that's not always right," said Lt. Colonel Ned Marsh, commander of the Golden Knights parachute team in the U.S. Army. "They get to see the professionalism and they get to see that we're a true cross-section of everyone."

The Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Airshow is free to attend.

Gates open at 8 a.m. and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will close out the show at 3:22 p.m. every day.