US Navy EA-18G Growler Legacy flight team to debut at 2021 Pacific Airshow


Legacy Flights celebrate the ingenuity of U.S. aviation and honor those who have served and continue to serve our country, and this year’s Pacific Airshow will host the U.S. Navy Growler Flight Demonstration Team for the first time. Legacy.

At the Pacific Airshow, October 1-3, the team’s two Growlers will shred the skies of Huntington Beach while demonstrating the impressive capabilities of the EA-18G before being joined in close formation with a classic Navy aircraft. of the Vietnam War, the North American. T-28 Trojan, for a moving tribute to 3 ships in the history and tradition of naval aviation.

“Traditional flights are an emotional and important part of the Pacific Airshow’s lineup this year. This is a key part of the show where we salute the past, present and future of our military, and we are honored to welcome the Growler Legacy Flight Team for the first time, ”said Kevin Elliott, Director of the Pacific Airshow.

A variant of the combat-proven Boeing F / A-18F Super Hornet, the carrier-based EA-18G Growler provides tactical jamming and electronic protection to U.S. military forces and their allies around the world. The U.S. Navy continues to invest in the advanced capabilities of Growler to ensure that all attack aircraft are protected in high-risk missions for decades to come. Currently there are only 150 Growlers in operation. The Navy Growlers began participating in legacy flights in 2019 and this Growler Legacy team is based out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA.

Developed and built in the 1950s, the Trojan was used as a counterinsurgency aircraft during the Vietnam War as well as a trainer. At the Pacific Airshow, the T-28 Trojan will be flown by Ken Karas of Santa Ynez, California.

Best seat on the beach
One of the best ways to see the moving Legacy Flight and the many other exciting performers of the Pacific Airshow are the Hospitality Cabins located in the center of the show. Available for corporate or private parties, the Pacific Airshow chalets can accommodate up to 125 people in a socially distant manner and include first-class dining and bar services. The cabins also feature premium audio from the Airshow’s live announcers feed so that guests can enjoy real-time artist announcements.

“Pacific Airshow cabins are perfect for corporate events, entertaining customers and rewarding employees,” Elliott added. “We are doing everything we can to ensure that everyone has an exceptional experience that will also be COVID compliant.”

To book a private cabin, contact Pacific Airshow at [email protected].

The 2021 air show will also feature the world-famous US Navy Blue Angels celebrating their 75th anniversary, the stylish Canadian Forces Snowbirds celebrating their 50th anniversary, the US Air’s F-35 Lightening II Demonstration Team Force led by Captain Kristin “BEO” Wolfe, US Army Golden Knights Jumping Team and many more.

Pacific Airshow debuted in Huntington Beach in 2016 and quickly became the centerpiece of fall events in Southern California with over 3 million people attending the show in 2019. That year, Pacific Airshow held was named one of USA Today’s Top Five Airshows by USA Today’s 10Best and received the US Air Force Thunderbirds Civilian Airshow of the Year award for the second year in a row.

About Pacific Airshow

Since its launch in 2016, Pacific Airshow has grown to become the largest airshow in the United States, drawing millions of spectators to Southern California each fall. Spanning three days, the airshow showcases the best military and civilian flight demonstrations from teams around the world, including past performances by the US Navy Blue Angels, US Air Force Thunderbirds, Red Arrows of the Royal Air Force and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. The Family Weekend is praised for its pop culture showcase with live music, upscale oceanfront hospitality, VIP social events, STEM activities and more. Pacific Airshow was recognized by the US Air Force Thunderbirds as the venue for Civilian Airshow of the Year in 2018 and 2019 and was named one of USA Today’s Top 5 Airshows by USA Today’s 10Best.

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