Pacific Airshow returns to Huntington Beach with a roar

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Saturday, October 1, 2022
Pacific Airshow returns to Huntington Beach with a roar
The Pacific Airshow is set to return to Huntington Beach, bringing high-flying action to Surf City USA.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- The three-day Pacific Airshow is set to continue in Huntington Beach on Saturday, bringing high-flying action to Surf City USA.

As of 8 a.m., large crowds of spectators had already packed the beach, more than two hours before the event's scheduled start time.

U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine and Navy aircraft pilots will showcase their moves including stunt performances and precision parachute drops. Vintage planes and even an experimental flying car will also be on hand.

A show-stopping finale is also expected from the world-famous Air Force Thunderbirds, celebrating the military branch's 75th anniversary. Six elite pilots will showcase the capabilities of the F-16 fighter jet.

"A roll is when the aircraft will slowly roll over, and we'll do that in formation, " said Major Bobby Gulla, a Thunderbirds maintenance officer. "And then you'll see a loop -- pull straight up into the air, come right down, make a beautiful circle.

"If the weather cooperates we'll draw a heart in the sky for everybody here today. And then you'll just see a lot of precision flying at it's best."

The Pacific Airshow is happening this weekend in Huntington Beach, but before all the excitement and aerobatics, the aircraft has to make its way to Orange County.

If you can't make your way to Huntington Beach this weekend, you can watch all the high-flying action live on Hulu!

Stream the entire airshow on Saturday Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. PT | 2 p.m. ET only on Hulu!

Additional performances will include:

  • U.S. Air Force T6-A 4-Ship
  • U.S. Air Force F-16 Aggressors
  • U.S. Navy F-35C Demo
  • U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Demo
  • Ace Maker 2-Ship T-33
  • Michael Goulian Extra 330SC
  • Grumman Albatross
  • Lyon Air Museum B-25 Mitchel Bomber
  • A-4 Skyhawk
  • Mig 17
  • Yak 100
  • Jet Waco
  • For more information, please visit or follow Pacific Airshow on social media @pacificairshow.

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