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2016 Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow

by | Oct 27, 2016 | Aviation Events | 0 comments

500,000 spectators

The first inaugural Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow of 2016 was a huge success as it drew an estimated 500,000 spectators total for the three day event on the weekend of October 21st – 23rd 2016.

Lucas Oil Skydiver Team

Lucas Oil Skydiver Team

Lucas Oil skydivers

The aerial performances started when three Lucas Oil skydivers – one trailing an American flag – dropped from 4,500 feet smoothly to the sand as Huntington Beach Councilwoman Jill Hardy sang the national anthem for tens of thousands of spectators.

Boeing 757F Fedex cargo plane

Boeing 757F Fedex cargo plane

Breitling Jet Team

The Breitling Jet Team’s precise and dramatic performance in Huntington Beach concluded their first ever American tour that lasted two years. They’re the world’s largest civilian jet performance team based in Dijon, France. The team is flying in seven twin-seat Czech L-39C Albatros jet trainer aircraft. Their show includes many beautifully choreographed maneuvers such as the Apache Roll, a crowd favorite.

Breitling Jet Team - Aero L-39 Albatros jets

Breitling Jet Team – Aero L-39 Albatros jets

Other performers

Other performers included Red Bull acrobatic pilot Kirby Chambliss (Zivko Edge 540), Bill Stein (Zivko Edge 540), US National Aerobatic Champion Mike Goulain (Extra 330SC), the Red Bull Air Force Skydive Team, an F-18 Super Hornet demonstration, a Douglas C-47B Skytrain “Willa Dean” from the nearby Lyon Air Museum, the Jet Powered Waco Biplane “Screamin’ Sasquatch”, a FedEx’s Boeing 757 cargo plane, and helicopters from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (Bell UH-1H), US Coast Guard (Eurocopter MH-65D Dolphin), and Huntington Beach PD (MD 500).

Douglas C-47 Skytrain from the Lyons Air Museum

Douglas C-47 Skytrain from the Lyons Air Museum

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

The show ended with the impressive U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds team demonstrating the skills of fighter pilots and capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon in tight, wingtip to wingtip formation at high speeds. The Huntington Beach Airshow will return to Surf City USA in September 2017 as the only beachfront airshow on the West Coast.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds - F-16C Fighting Falcon

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds – F-16C Fighting Falcon

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I am the founder and editor-in-chief of the blog. Together with my son - hopefully a future aerospace engineer - we are trying to visit as many aviation and aerospace museums in the US as possible with the ultimate goal of visiting them all. We have been able to visit approximately 60 so far. We are hoping this site will help preserve aviation history and inspire young people to pursue a career in aerospace.

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