Great Pacific Airshow 2018

Although the date (October 20th) said “late fall”, the weather said “summer” with a sunny day and temps in the 80’s (Farenheit, of course). Jeri, Tim, Justin, Nicole, Jeffrey, Lizzie, along with two friends from church, Kendra and Christeen, enjoyed a day at the beach to see the airshow.

We were able to put our new folding chairs to go use. Tim picked up two that had a built-in canopy. As in years past, Justin rented a nice telephoto lens for the weekend.

Nicole, Jeri, and Justin at the airshow. Click photo for full size.

There were lots of demonstrations like the Port of Long Beach Fire Department boat.

Port of Long Beach Fire Boat. Click photo for full size.

The Coast Guard helicopter did a simulated rescue.

Coast Guard Helicopter. Click photo for full size.

Some ventured down to the water’s edge.

Christeen, Kendra, Lizzie, Nicole, and Jeffrey near the water’s edge. Click photo for full size.

Here are Christeen, Kendra, Lizzie, Jeffrey, and Nicole.

Christeen, Kendra, Lizzie, Jeffrey, and Nicole. Click photo for full size.

Although the timing wasn’t the best, Tim managed to take a selfie with the Virgin America Airlines 747 flying past in the background (behind Tim’s head).

Jeri and Tim with a Virgin Airlines 747 flying by. Click photo for full size.

Several acrobatic planes were featured. They performed some amazing feats.

Stunt plane tumbling. Picture by Justin. Click photo for full size.

The crowd on the beach was estimated to be around one million people. Because the beach is long, it didn’t seem too crowded.

Kendra, Lizzie, and Christeen listening to Jeffrey at the airshow. Click photo for full size.

The Thunderbirds were the featured finale to the airshow.

Justin photographing three Thunderbirds. Click photo for full size.

Justin took some really nice pictures including this one of a Thunderbird as it flew nearly overhead.

Picture of Thunderbird taken by Justin. Click photo for full size.
Justin taking another picture. Click photo for full size.

Here’s a group photo after the show.

Lizzie, Nicole, Kendra, Jeffrey, Christeen, Justin, Jeri, and Tim after the airshow. Click photo for full size.

Here’s a montage of the day in video: