Photo: Flames explode behind the Blue Angels’ F/A-18 Hornets at Miramar Air Show 2012

Flames seem to surround the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demo team’s F/A-18 Hornet jets during the night portion of the MCAS (Marine Corps Air Station) Miramar air show 2012, on Oct. 13.

The Saturday “twilight” show, a fireworks display and the final “Great Wall of Fire” pyrotechnic display are common features of the annual Miramar air show.

Miramar is famous all around the world for being the base of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapon School, whose training program inspired Top Gun.

The NFWS, has moved to NAS Fallon, Nevada, in 1996.

Image credit: U.S. Marine Corps

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