MCAS Miramar Air Show 2010 | San Diego Photographer

I intended to blog about this year's Air Show a couple of weeks ago, but it's been so hectic around my house that I'm just getting to it now.  So, here it is :) My mom used to take me to the Miramar Air Show when I was a kid, back when the air station belonged to the Navy (think "Top Gun").  It was a family tradition, although most of the time it was just my mom and I.  My dad was usually working and my brother preferred to sleep in rather than look at military aircraft and watch the Blue Angels.  They missed out on a lot of good memories.  It was something I waited for every year.  My mom instilled in me a love of all things military and patriotic.  Is it any wonder I ended up with a U.S. Marine?

Unfortunately, my relationship with my mother isn't what it used to be, but I wanted to continue the same family tradition with my son.  Last year I was just days away from giving birth, so I missed the show.  But this year it just so happened my mother-in-law was in town visiting the same weekend.  Of course we headed out to Miramar to take in the sights-- and heat.  It is always SO hot on that tarmac!  But it is ALWAYS worth it :)

Here are some of my favorite shots from the day.  I still get goosebumps when I see the jets flying over the 15 freeway and I'll cherish these photos for a lifetime.  I can't wait until I get to show my son these one day.  I hope they'll refresh his childhood memories like they do mine.