Navy Blue Angel pilots perform at the 2017 Miramar Air Show.
Navy Blue Angel pilots perform at the 2017 Miramar Air Show. Photo by Chris Stone

American military might will be on display in the air and on the ground this weekend at the Miramar Air Show.

The annual exhibition features modern day military aircraft, legendary warbirds and civilian airplanes — though none more breathtaking than the F/A-18 Hornets flown by the Blue Angels —showing off their aerial prowess with thrilling demonstrations. Aviation buffs will find the static displays equally engaging.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Friday with aerial performances starting soon after. The Blue Angels will perform each day, at 3:15 p.m. Friday and at 3:20 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

General admission and general parking are free. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license, current registration and proof of insurance to drive onto the base. Security personnel will be on hand to direct drivers to the parking areas.

Spectators can find a spot on the tarmac to take in all the action, and should bring their own seating, such as blankets or folding chairs. Partly sunny days are expected, so bring sunscreen.

Tickets for premium seats may still be available for sale online, and offer a range of options that include shaded, patio and lounge seating, preferred parking, and food and drinks.

Click here for a full schedule of each day’s events.

— Staff report