The OC Air Show will host the U.S. military's two elite jet demonstration teams in back-to-back years, as announced at the International Council of Air Shows Convention in Las Vegas.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the 2018 show Saturday-Sunday, June 16-17, and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the 2019 show Friday-Saturday, June 15-16. Tickets are on sale now for the 2018 show at special intro pricing. Attendees can save 40 percent off the day-of-event price when they purchase by midnight, Monday, Dec. 11.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to http://ocairshow.com.
"We're delighted to have commitments from the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels for the next two years," said OC Air Show President Bryan Lilley. "This makes six consecutive years that the event will host a military jet demo team."
The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, known to all the world as the Thunderbirds, are the Air Force's Ambassadors in Blue. They represent the 500,000 men and women of the United States Air Force. The Thunderbirds plan and present precision aerial maneuvers to exhibit the capabilities of modern, high-performance aircraft, and the high degree of professional skill required to operate those aircraft. The Thunderbirds squadron is composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and more than 100 enlisted personnel.
The Blue Angels are the U.S. Navy's flight demonstration squadron, with aviators from the Navy and Marines. The Blue Angels team was formed in 1946, making it the second-oldest formal flying aerobatic team (under the same name) in the world, after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931. The six demonstration pilots fly F/A-18 Hornets in more than 30 shows at various locations throughout the United States each year, where they still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in their aerial displays from their inaugural 1946 season.