SDVFP’s Miramar Air Show Announcement

May, 2016 – Updated May 8, 2017

The San Diego Veterans For Peace, Chapter 91, has now embarked on a five-year plan to change public understanding of what the Miramar Air Show is actually all about. Here’s a short list.

The Miramar Air Show:

  • Glorifies war with an exciting and colorful show of speed, power and noise.
  • Celebrates the skills and machinery that exist to kill, maim and destroy.
  • Misuses taxpayer’s money for entertainment and defense industry marketing and sales.
  • Is dangerous – 10% of Blue Angel’s pilots have been killed in accidents. Miramar jets have already crashed in San Diego neighborhoods.
  • Serves as a misleading recruiting tool for our unsuspecting youth.

Over the next 5 years we intend to encourage the public to recognize their exposure to skillful propaganda and eventually lose interest in the Miramar Air Show.

We will work to steer the public to resist attending … in sufficient numbers to make the show not worth the time, effort, risk and expense.

Our goal is to effectively shut down the Miramar Air Show due to non-participation. To accomplish this, we need donations to help us print and distribute stickers, door hangers, posters, flyers, banners, etc. 100% of all donations go to the production of these materials and are tax deductible for donors who itemize their taxes as we are a 501-C-3 veteran’s educational organization.

Donations may be made online or checks may be mailed to:

13805 Royal Melbourne Square
San Diego, CA 92128

We thank you for your serious consideration of our efforts.

San Diego Veterans For Peace

Watch an independent documentary to see what is really happening at the Miramar air show




i don’t think that the end goal is to kill and maim. I believe that it is more of a show of force, and capabilities. I suppose it could be a show for recruitment also. And as for dangerous there is always a risk of danger in everything we do in life. If we get in our car and drive to a store, we risk getting into a car accident. Drive down the highway we increase that risk of it being fatal. You get the idea risk management. What about all the other air shows around the world should we boycott them as well, they perform dangerous stunts as well and yes some crash as well. That is the risk they take when they get in the cockpit. overall aviation is a pretty safe form of transportation. Why just boycott miramar? Military jets perform at a lot of different air shows as well.

Dave Patterson

Hi Terry
Sorry for the extremely late response. We are focused on the Miramar air show because it is the the singularly most participated in military industrial complex event of the year. 500,000 people attend and do so mostly because they fell patriotic and enjoy the display of force, as you wrote. However, what they really are doing is recruiting kids at a young age and pushing new weapons as a solution to our problems. As an example, you can watch this short documentary made by and independent film maker. Please note that when pilots climb into the cockpit to protect our way of life they do not use any of the stunts used at an air show. So basically we have them risk their lives to entertain the crowd. Now the contractors have pavilions right up front where they can sip mint juleps with our Congressmen and foreign buyers while the military pilots risk their lives to entertain them. I don’t think that is right, or acceptable. Please watch the film and let us know what you think again.
Dave Patterson

Stan Levin

Am I permitted to add, as a comment my (published) (anti-war) (anti- military-industrial establishment) commentary to this conversation ……
Memorial Day: Recruiter’s Siren Song to Hero (Under Construction)
By Stan Levin
Listen up, son.
You are one of today’s pawns
on the chessboard,
and the recruiter sitting across from you
is the chess master.
He is not your friend, son.
He knows you better than you know yourself.
He knows about testosterone,
He knows about immaturity, and the naiveté
of children such as yourself.
He is counting on his advantages
to checkmate your disadvantages.
This is not his first day …
But it is yours, and a fateful one you need to think hard about.
Harder than ever.
He does not have your best interest at heart,
But I do ….
Listen carefully to what the recruiter is not saying.
Do not lust after a chestful of ribbons and medals.
He is doing his job,
and I am appealing to your senses of right and wrong
to prevail.
The recruiter has a job,
he has a product,
he has a mission,
he has a career.
Don’t do it, son.
You have a life.
Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Now, who
in the prime of his life
would not thrill to pulse-raising words, the likes of this?
To Somewhere Over the Rainbow
to Over There, Over There,
where glory resides,
and innocent blood is hot
Climbing high, into the sun,
A maneuver that could cost you your life,
apparently not a consideration of the song-writer ,
calling into question his credentials.
Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
Uh – Oh
At ’em boys, Give ’em the gun!
Be mindful.
Your adversary,
some other mother’s child,
will answer in kind,
whose purpose
at the moment,
is to kill you.
And you will discover, if you survive the duel,
that you are not John Wayne …
and this is not an MGM set ….
Nor Disneyland, either
Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
How exquisitely exciting to contemplate is that!
A private roller coaster,
a high-tech instrument of death,
limitless in motion on all planes and dimensions .
And you, a hero under construction,
in charge,
answerable to no one.
It is very seductive.
We know.
Off with one heckuva roar!
Children love noisy encounters,
just about everything is a game to children.
The recruiter is counting on you, son.
The Military-Industrial-Complex is counting on you, son.
The pretense-infected government is counting on you.
None are particularly concerned with how this turns out for you.
Many of us, who have been there, are greatly concerned.
We live in fame, or go down in flame,
The fame fantasy, illusory, wondrous,
riles up your pride,
your sense of patriotism,
and your vulnerability, as well.
The flame part …..
not so much … and certainly no glory.
Hey! Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force!
Not true, recruit …. Beware not to assist in the seduction of yourself.
There are better things you can do with your life,
than to surrender it to the siren call.
To this, many can attest!
Stan Levin is a Korean War veteran, USN 1950-1954, and active member of San Diego chapter Veterans for Peace.

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