PHOTOGRAPHY BY: BRITT DIETZ
AIRSHOW
MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
JULY 9, 2011 - THE GREAT PARK, CALIFORNIA - 98 IMAGES (CANON 1D MARK III)
Growing much bigger than the year before, the Great Park - MCAS El Toro Airshow has proven itself to be a up and coming airshow force that must be attended. With over 25,000 people in attendance this year, this show has grown beyond just a small event with the US Marines sending out several aircraft, an impressive lineup of aerobatic performers, and many warbirds taking part in this year's show. READ FULL AIRSHOW WRITE UP
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 Irvine, California - For anyone who has lived since the mid 1990s in the Santa Ana or Irvine region, if you were to ask them what the biggest Military presence in the area was they'd probably answer either the MCAS Tustin blimp hangar base, but more so than that you'd find most people would say the MCAS El Toro base in Irvine. Prior to 1998, one of the biggest events in the Irvine area was the MCAS El Toro airshow that would happen each year in May, brining millions of people out to the massive Marine Aviation base. Featuring the best of Marine and Naval aviation and always concluding with the world famous US Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team, the MCAS El Toro was one of the most looked forward to events for any military or aviation lover in the Orange County area. Those who attended the airshow regularly remember the base with fond memories and a sense of not appreciating the base enough while it was still around. Though the base has been closed since 1999, MCAS El Toro still stands as one of the main military historical landmarks for the Southern California region. It started out as bean fields and orange groves in the warm climate of Irvine Ranch, but with the out break of a Second World War, the need for a wartime base called for the purchase of 2,319 acres of land by the US Marines. While crops will still being harvested, construction began on what would be known as the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in 1942 and the first squadrons arrived on the base in early 1943. MCAS El Toro became one of the biggest air hubs on the Pacific Coast hosting many squadrons of marine aircraft including the famous "Whistling Devils" and "Red Devils." Expanding even larger in 1944 when it became the largest Marine Air Corps station... CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL WRITE UP ON THE MCAS EL TORO AIRSHOW 2011
Photo gallery from the July 9, 2011 MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011 featuring 98 images. Photos taken by Aviation Photographer Britt Dietz.
MCAS El Toro Former Marine  Base - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
MCAS El Toro
Former Marine Base
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MCAS El Toro Former Marine Base - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Static Aircraft - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Static Aircraft
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Static Aircraft - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Bell AH-1Z Viper - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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AH-1Z Viper
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Bell AH-1Z Viper - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Bell UH-1Y Venom - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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UH-1Y Venom
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Bell UH-1Y Venom - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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North American T-28B Trojan - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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North American T-28B Trojan - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
North American T-28B Trojan - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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North American T-28B Trojan - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Eurocopter MH-65-C Dolphin - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Eurocopter MH-65-C Dolphin - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Jon Melby Pitts S-1-11B - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Jon Melby Pitts S-1-11B - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Jon Melby Pitts S-1-11B - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Doug Jardine Extra EA-300 - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Doug Jardine
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Doug Jardine Extra EA-300 - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Melissa Pemberton EDGE 540 540 - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Bell AH-1Z Viper - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Boeing CH-46E Sea  Knight - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Boeing CH-46E Sea  Knight - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Airshow Crowd - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Airshow Crowd
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Airshow Crowd - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Beechcraft T-34A Mentors - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Bell AH-1Z Viper - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Just in Time Skydivers - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Beechcraft D18S - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat   &  A6M2 Zero - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Silver Wings Wingwalking Team - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Silver Wings Wingwalking Team - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Silver Wings Wingwalking Team - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Silver Wings Wingwalking Team - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Silver Wings Wingwalking Team - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Silver Wings Wingwalking Team - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Silver Wings Wingwalking Team - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Silver Wings Wingwalking Team - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Silver Wings Wingwalking Team - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Doug Jardine Extra EA-300 - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Doug Jardine
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Doug Jardine Extra EA-300 - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Doug Jardine Extra EA-300 - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Doug Jardine
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Doug Jardine Extra EA-300 - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Eurocopter MH-65-C Dolphin - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Eurocopter
MH-65-C Dolphin
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Melissa Pemberton EDGE 540 540 - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Melissa Pemberton EDGE 540 540 - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Beechcraft D18S - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Beechcraft
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Beechcraft D18S - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Melissa Pemberton EDGE 540 540 - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Melissa Pemberton EDGE 540 540 - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Melissa Pemberton EDGE 540 540 - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
North American SNJ-5 Texan - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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North American SNJ-5 Texan - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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North American SNJ-5 Texan - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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North American SNJ-5 Texan - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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North American SNJ-5 Texan - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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SNJ-5 Texan
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Jon Melby Pitts S-1-11B - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Jon Melby Pitts S-1-11B - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Jon Melby Pitts S-1-11B - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Jon Melby Pitts S-1-11B - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Just in Time Skydivers - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Airshow Crowd - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Bell AH-1Z Viper - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Boeing CH-46E Sea  Knight - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
Boeing
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MCAS El Toro Former Marine  Base - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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Bell AH-1Z Viper - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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AH-1Z Viper
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Bell AH-1Z Viper - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
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AH-1Z Viper
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Bell UH-1Y Venom   &  AH-1Z Viper - MCAS El Toro Airshow 2011
UH-1Y Venom &
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UH-1Y Venom &
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