A Brief History of the El Torro Air Show: 1950-1997

  • Dates: June 2, 2019 - August 18, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday
  • Location: Orange County Great Park - Palm Court Arts Complex
  • Sand Canyon & Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Time: Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays" 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Details

    What began as an opening reception for Armed Forces Day in 1950 to encourage locals to visit military bases became the much-anticipated annual El Toro Air Show of Orange County. With attendance eventually reaching upwards of 2 million spectators, the El Toro Air Shows became an iconic event for Marine Corps Air Station El Toro and the aviation industry. Artist Paul Gavin has dedicated his career to the celebration of US Armed Forces by contributing artwork to a number of military related events, including the El Toro Air Show of Orange County. El Toro Air Show: 1950–1997 will feature Gavin’s work in conjunction with community members who have captured the history of the Air Show through photography and collected memorabilia.