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Great Pacific Airshow Wows and Educates Millions

Published on: October 21, 2018


By Chris MacDonald

“When thunder roars, go indoors!” is great weather advice but most in Huntington Beach just did the opposite the past three days—they headed outdoors– to see the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other planes do acrobatics at The Great Pacific Airshow, which returned October 19-21, 2018.

Under blue skies, it was an amazing sight to behold and was enjoyed by millions all over the Southland. Vendors at Pier Plaza, next to the HB Pier, were giving away earplugs to diminish the loud noises.

Some of the net profits from the show were earmarked for The Aerospace Education Foundation of Huntington Beach, a non-profit which inspires youth to study aerospace, science and technology.

“We want them to pioneer the next generation of aviation,” said Dan Page, the foundation’s executive director and a retired Boeing manager.

“We offer scholarships, grants and mentoring programs,” said the retired Army Lt. Col. “This is the third year of the fantastic show in HB and it’s a reminder of the city’s history in aeronautics.”

Lt. Gen. George Muellner, USAF-retired, former President of Boeing’s Air Force Systems, was helping inspire kids and adults at the Foundation’s booth.

At the show, the Society of Experimental Pilots even had an F-22 Flight Simulator for people to try! The military had recruiting booths and there were many games with prizes. Read full story…>

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