DAY 1
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: BRITT DIETZ
AIRSHOW
MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012
[ DAY 1 ] JULY 13, 2012 - THE GREAT PARK, CALIFORNIA - 75 IMAGES (CANON 1D MARK III)
Continuing to grow and get support by the US Marines, the Great Park Anniversary Celebration at the former MCAS El Toro base continues the spirit of the old El Toro Airshows every year bringing new people to the base and many who visit the shows back in the day to relive their childhood or fond memories of serving on the base. This year, the Marines sent out an impressive line-up of aircraft. READ FULL AIRSHOW WRITE UP
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 Irvine, California - Cutting through the stillness that normally descends on the former MCAS El Toro base, once again the now named Great Park of Irvine celebrated its anniversary celebration for the 2012 year with a day of airshow flying, vendors, music, and fireworks. This year's Growing the Park airshow event brought out even more static display aircraft and a really impressive lineup of modern US Marine aircraft in celebration of the Marine Corps Aviation centennial anniversary. Even as the weeds grow taller and the buildings around the former base continue to disappear in piles of rubble, the spirit of the MCAS El Toro Airshow lives on through this one day airshow and celebration event bringing out thousands of people who fondly recall the days when the Blue Angels would take to the skies and the roar of fighter jets filled the air on a daily basis. The airshow celebration has steadily grown since it was first started 7 years ago with more aircraft participating and more people attending. It's a word of mouth type of show, and the word is steadily getting out there. MCAS El Toro used to be the home of one of the largest arms of the US Marine Corps Aviation, the 3rd Marine Air Wing. When the base was unfortunately selected for closure in 1993 and officially closed in 1999 relocated all the aircraft and assets down to MCAS Miramar in San Diego and the base was to be converted into an airport. (you can read more about the history of the MCAS El Toro base on last year's MCAS El Toro/Great Park Airshow review located here) The residents of Irvine rallied together and were able to change the future of the former base shooting down the idea of a civilian airport and instead voting in favor of a large park to be built on top of the base with a variety... CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL WRITE UP ON THE MCAS EL TORO AIRSHOW 2012
Photo gallery from the July 13, 2012 MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 featuring 75 images. Photos taken by Aviation Photographer Britt Dietz.
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
Lockheed
PV-1 Ventura
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Lockheed PV-1 Ventura - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
Ventura Restoration - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
Ventura Restoration
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Ventura Restoration - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
VMGR-352 Mural - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
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MCAS El Toro Former Marine  Base - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
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North American T-6G Texan  Harvard II - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
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Douglas C-53D Skytrooper - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
Ryan PT-22 Recruit  ST3KR - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
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Piper L-4F Grasshopper - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
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Static Aircraft - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
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Piper L-4F Grasshopper   &  C-53D Skytrooper - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
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Piper L-4F Grasshopper & C-53D Skytrooper - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
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Douglas C-53D Skytrooper - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
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Sharshooters Hangar - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
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Bell AH-1W Cobra   &  MV-22 Osprey - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
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Bell AH-1W Cobra & MV-22 Osprey - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2012 [ DAY 1 ]
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