LANGLEY | The biannual Air Power Over Hampton Roads airshow in Langley, Virginia, has been cancelled, with the next show scheduled for 2022.
In a statement, Joint Base Langley-Eustis said they had been “proud hosts” of the biannual Air Power Over Hampton Roads show, but said: “Due to the installation’s current high operational tempo, scheduling conflicts and a lack of available aerial demonstration teams, the 1st Fighter Wing and 633rd Air Base Wing senior leadership determined it was in the best interest of both Langley and our community partners to postpone the show.”
Air Power Over Hampton Roads was scheduled for the 16th-17th May 2020, with the USAF’s F-22A Raptor Demo Team slated to perform. However, the continent’s three big aerobatic teams are due to be busy elsewhere: the Thunderbirds at Shaw AFB, the Blue Angels at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, and the Snowbirds still undertaking pre-season training in Canada.
“We look forward to hosting a great event which truly reflects the world’s greatest Air Force and the hard-working members of Team JBLE in the summer of 2022,” said Col. Clint Ross, JBLE installation commander. “This was not an easy decision for us to make, nor was it made lightly. But after considering all options and available resources, we felt it was the right thing to do.”
A tentative date for the 2022 airshow should be released at the International Council of Air Shows Convention in December this year, if the show is successful in securing the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds.