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First Ever Southern California Beach-front Air Show Flies High Over Huntington Beach

October 21, 2016 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The Southern California skies will be rocked like never before on October 22-23 as the inaugural Surf City USA Airshow announces not one but two headlining jet teams. The United States Air Force Flight Demonstration Squadron – the Thunderbirds, and the Breitling Jet Team are scheduled to headline this premier event over the Pacific Ocean in Surf City, USA.

The inaugural Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow will be the only beachfront airshow on the West Coast, and the first airshow held inHuntington Beach, California in over twenty years.

“I am thrilled the air show is taking place at, or should I say above, Huntington Beach,” said Kelly Miller, President & CEO of Visit Huntington Beach. “People of all ages will be delighted by the sights and sounds of this impressive aerial display.”


The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform for people all around the world showcasing the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. The hour-long demonstration features sharply choreographed routines that show F-16 Fighting Falcons wingtip to wingtip and give the crowd a glimpse of the exacting skills and capabilities possessed by these accomplished fighter pilots.

The Breitling Jet Team is the largest professional civilian jet team in the world. With fast and powerful L-39 Albatross aircraft piloted by flying aces, this renowned aerobatic team illustrates the Breitling’s cherished values of performance, precision, aesthetic sophistication and innovation.  The team will round out their two-year tour of the United States with a final U.S. performance at Huntington Beach’s Surf City Airshow.   


For the first time in Southern California, the USAF Thunderbirds and Breitling Jet Team will take to the sky for a thrilling aerial, acrobatic performance above Huntington Beach.


The Inaugural airshow will take place October 22-23 with a practice session on Friday, October 21. Noon – 4:00 p.m.


Huntington Beach, California


USAF Thunderbird Media Kits (logos, b-roll video) can be downloaded directly from the official USAF Thunderbirds website at:

Breitling Jet Team Media Kits (logos, b-roll video) can be downloaded directly from the official Breitling Jet Team website at:


Interview Opportunities:

  • Kelly Miller, President & CEO of Visit Huntington Beach
  • Jack Links Screamin’ Sasquatch pilot
  • Breitling Jet Team pilot
  • Mike Wiskus with Lucas Oil & the Lucas Oil Skydivers
  • Red Bull’s Kirby Chambliss
  • The Thunderbirds

For more information about tickets, additional aviation performances and sponsorships, please visit  Fans can follow the Airshow on Facebook and Twitter (@HBAirShow).

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