BOSTON | The annual Rhode Island National Guard Open House and Airshow has been cancelled because too many troops will be on deployment for it to be possible to host the show.
The airshow was scheduled for the 29th-30th June at Quonset State Airport, and was due to be headlined by the Thunderbirds.
The Rhode Island Airshow was founded in 1991 and has hosted a number of international teams, including the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the RAF Red Arrows, the Breitling Jet Team and Brazil’s Smoke Squadron. It has only been cancelled once before in its history; in 2013, due to federal budget cuts.
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The cancellation will leave an open date on the Thunderbirds’ preliminary schedule, which will likely be filled at next week’s ICAS Convention when their final 2019 schedule is announced.
The organisers plan to bring the show back in 2020.