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Thunder Over Louisville gets a boost as officials approve larger aerobatic box

LOUISVILLE | Thunder Over Louisville is to enjoy bigger and better flying displays in future, as officials approve a Category 1 aerobatic box over the Ohio River.

The one-day airshow, which opens the annual Kentucky Derby, has only been permitted a Category 2 box since 2015, because of construction work on a pair of river bridges. This was too small to allow most jet aircraft to perform full aerobatic routines.

This has meant that jet aerobatic teams and military demonstration teams have largely avoided the show since then. However, the A-10C Warthog was an exception in 2018, as it is cleared to perform in a smaller aerobatic box than other similar performers.

According to local TV station WDRB, this year’s show will feature the US Navy’s new F-35C demonstration team, the US Air Force’s F-16C demonstration team and the US Marine Corps’ MV-22B Osprey. The US Army will also be dropping in, with the Golden Knights parachute team due to take part.

The event also attracts one of North America’s most extensive line ups of non-aerobatic flypasts from a variety of US and Canadian military aircraft, as well as participation from civilian aerobatic teams.

Thunder Over Louisville will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 18th April 2020, concluding with a spectacular fireworks display.

US Navy TACDEMO and Legacy Flight 2020 schedule

The US Navy will support 40 airshows this year with demonstrations and Legacy Flights, but only 11 shows will see full demonstrations, according to an early schedule.

The Super Hornet “TACDEMO” from VFA-106 – rebranded as the Rhino Demo Team – will fly at 11 shows, at which it may also perform Legacy Flights. VFA-125, flying the F-35C Lightning, will fly at ten, performing mini-demonstrations along with Legacy Flights, as will VAQ-129 with the EA-18G Growler.

Meanwhile, VFA-122 will fly Legacy Flights only at nine shows with the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

The Legacy Flight organisation have not given details of which aircraft or unit will perform at individual shows, other than those which will see full Super Hornet tactical demonstrations from VFA-106.

Date Show Location Country Details
Mar 21-22 United States Los Angeles County Airshow Lancaster USA (CA) Legacy Flight
Apr 4-5 United States Wings Over South Texas Kingsville USA (TX) Legacy Flight
Apr 18 United States Thunder Over Louisville Louisville USA (KY) F/A-18F TACDEMO
May 23-24 United States Miami Beach Air & Sea Show Miami Beach USA (FL) F/A-18F TACDEMO
May 30-31 United States Hangar 24 AirFest Redlands USA (CA) Legacy Flight
Jun 6-7 United States Wildwood Airshow
Wildwood USA (NJ) F/A-18F TACDEMO
Jun 6-7 United States California International Airshow Salinas USA (CA) Legacy Flight
Jun 13-14 United States OC Airshow Ocean City USA (MD) F/A-18F TACDEMO
Jun 20-21 United States Deke Slayton Airfest La Crosse USA (WI) Legacy Flight
Jun 27-28 United States Dayton Airshow Dayton USA (OH) Legacy Flight
Jun 27-28 United States Hill AFB: Utah Air Show – Warriors Over the Wasatch Ogden USA (UT) Legacy Flight
Jul 3-4 United States Thunder Over North Beach Racine USA (WI) F/A-18F TACDEMO
Jul 4 United States Tacoma Freedom Fair & Airshow Tacoma USA (WA) Legacy Flight
Jul 4 United States Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels Tacoma USA (WA) Legacy Flight
Jul 18 United States Sentry Eagle: Kingsley Field Open House Klamath Falls USA (OR) Legacy Flight
Jul 23-26 United States EAA AirVenture Oshkosh USA (WI) F/A-18F TACDEMO
Jul 24-26 United States Tri-City Water Follies: Thunder Over the River Kennewick USA (WA) Legacy Flight
Aug 7-9 Canada Abbotsford International Airshow Abbotsford Canada (BC) Legacy Flight
Aug 15-16 United States Chicago Air & Water Show Chicago USA (IL) F/A-18F TACDEMO
Aug 22-23 United States Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Armed Forces Airshow Avoca USA (PA) Legacy Flight
Aug 29-30 United States New York Airshow New Windsor USA (NY) F/A-18F TACDEMO
Aug 29-30 United States Thunder Over Michigan Ypsilanti USA (MI) Legacy Flight
Sep 5-6 United States Kansas City Airshow New Century USA (KS) Legacy Flight
Sep 18-20 United States STIHL National Championships Air Races Reno USA (NV) Legacy Flight
Sep 18-20 United States Great Pacific Airshow Huntington Beach USA (CA) Legacy Flight
Sep 19-20 United States NAS Oceana Airshow Virginia Beach USA (VA) F/A-18F TACDEMO
Oct 10-11 United States Wings Over Houston Houston USA (TX) F/A-18F TACDEMO
Oct 17-18 United States Fort Worth Alliance Airshow Fort Worth USA (TX) Legacy Flight
Oct 17-18 United States Central Coast AirFest Santa Maria USA (CA) Legacy Flight
Oct 24-25 United States Little Rock ARB: Thunder Over the Rock Little Rock USA (AR) Legacy Flight
Nov 5 United States Naval Base Ventura County Airshow (INCORRECT DATE?) Point Mugu USA (CA) Legacy Flight
Nov 6-8 United States New Orleans Airshow Belle Chasse USA (LA) Legacy Flight
Nov 14-15 United States Hangar 24 AirFest Lake Havasu USA (TX) Legacy Flight
Nov 14-15 United States JB San Antonio Air & Space Show Lackland USA (TX) F/A-18F TACDEMO

Heart of Texas Airshow to be on hiatus in 2020

WACO | The Heart of Texas Airshow will be on hiatus this year for financial reasons, the show’s organisers revealed on Thursday 9th January.

The organisers said: “We are sad to let you know the HOT Airshow will be on hiatus this year. We strive to provide you with the best performers and the best airshow experience. Thank you to all of our performers, sponsors, vendors and to you the spectators for your support. We’ll see you next year!”

The annual airshow had been tentatively scheduled for the 4th-5th April and was due to feature a demonstration by a US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey. However, the event was unable to secure a jet team and has been cancelled for this year for financial reasons. Shows without a jet team often struggle to attract funding and sponsorship, although it is not clear whether this is among the factors for the event’s cancellation.

The Heart of Texas Airshow 2019 was headlined by the US Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II demonstration and the Thunderbirds, although the weekend was blighted by bad weather and the latter team were unable to perform. The organisers of the airshow said last year’s bad weather – which forced the cancellation of most of the show’s activities – was not related to the decision to cancel this year’s event.

Kirby Chambliss hints at Red Bull Air Race revival

Former Red Bull Air Race world champion Kirby Chambliss has suggested the Red Bull Air Race may soon return to the skies, but without the backing of its former title sponsor.

Chambliss, who competed in every series of the Red Bull Air Race, was appearing on Show Center: The Airshow Podcast on the Tuesday 7th January to talk about his upcoming airshow season when he brought up the future of the racing series.

He said: “I’m hearing rumours that there’s a good chance that the races will be coming back. It won’t be under the Red Bull banner, but third quarter this year, there’s some pretty strong indications that a Chinese investor has taken it over, so we’ll see what happens.”

He also said that he hoped Red Bull North America, his long-time sponsor, would be happy for him to compete in a new series either under their brand, or that of a different sponsor.

Chambliss also said that, with no series this year, he would be stepping up his airshow participation, which sees him fly an Edge 540 as part of the Red Bull Air Force. The American pilot said he is already expecting to fly at 18-20 shows this year, up from 12 last season.

The Red Bull Air Race saw highly skilled pilots race modified race planes around a course of inflatable pylons. There were typically eight races per year in later seasons, in locations such as New York, Ascot, Gdynia, Perth, Indianapolis and Chiba. The series, which began in 2003, was cancelled in 2019 when title sponsor Red Bull withdrew its support, citing a lack of outside interest.

US Navy hopes to step up airshow participation with F-35C, F/A-18F demonstrations

LAS VEGAS | The US Navy is planning to step up its airshow commitments this year, with F/A-18F “Tac Demos”, Legacy Flights and F-35C mini-demonstrations.

Although the headlines have largely eluded the US Navy at the International Council of Air Shows Convention so far, news on the Navy’s 2020 plans came at a session on Wednesday 11th November.

According to AirshowStuff.com, it is now clear that the Navy plan to support 42 F/A-18F Super Hornet Tactical Demonstrations and Legacy Flights in 2020, with Tactical Demonstrations coming from VFA-106 in Oceana, VA, and Legacy Flights from VFA-122 in Lemoore, CA. These will take place at shows which are not due to host the Blue Angels, with the exception of Oceana.

The full schedule is awaiting approval, and is not typically published until the spring. However, it could see an increase in “Tac Demos” from the last few seasons, when the Navy has only been able to support a very small number of displays.

The news also confirms that the Tailhook Legacy Flight program will continue into 2020, although it is not clear whether this will include aircraft other than VFA-122’s F/A-18Fs. The program was resurrected in 2018, and expanded in 2019 to include aircraft from multiple units, such as the T-45 Goshawk, T-6 Texan II and EA-18G Growler, all of which are otherwise rare airshow performers.

Perhaps most exciting, however, is the news that the Navy will be setting up a new F-35C Demonstration Team in 2020, flown by VFA-125 in Lemoore. The news was first released over the summer by ICAS, but quickly rebutted by the Navy, and finally confirmed at the Convention. However, the team will not yet perform a full demonstration profile.

The F-35C has already flown a small number of mini-demonstrations in US Navy hands, most recently at the Fort Worth Alliance Airshow, so next year’s displays may be similar to those previewed this year. However, forming an official demonstration team is a major step towards flying full, regular demonstrations in the future.

Thunderbirds and Blue Angels release schedules up until 2021

LAS VEGAS | The Thunderbirds and Blue Angels released updated 2020 schedules and tentative 2021 schedules at the International Council of Air Shows Convention in Las Vegas.

THUNDERBIRDS 2020 SCHEDULE

Date Show Location Country
Mar 14 United States Laughling AFB: Fiesta Of Flight Del Rio USA (TX)
Mar 21-22 United States Luke Days Air & Space Expo Glendale USA ()
Mar 28-29 United States March Field Air & Space Expo: Thunder Over the Empire March USA ()
Apr 4-5 United States Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in Lakeland USA (FL)
Apr 18-19 United States Maxwell AFB: Beyond the Horizon Air & Space Expo Montgomery USA (AL)
Apr 25-26 United States Wings Over Columbus Columbus USA (MS)
May 2-3 United States Fort Lauderdale Airshow Fort Lauderdale USA (FL)
May 9-10 United States Beale AFB: Winfgs Over Recce Town Marysville USA (CA)
May 16-17 United States Shaw Air Expo: Thunder Over the Midlands Sumter USA (SC)
May 23-24 United States Miami Beach Air & Sea Show Miami Beach USA (FL)
Jun 6-7 United States California Int’l Airshow Salinas USA (CA)
Jun 13-14 United States OC Airshow Ocean City USA (MD)
Jun 20-21 United States Youngstown ARB Airshow: Thunder Over the Valley Vienna USA (OH)
Jun 20-21 United States Rhode Island Airshow Quonset USA (RI)
Jun 27-28 United States Hill AFB: Utah Air Show – Warriors Over the Wasatch Ogden USA (UT)
Jul 4-5 United States Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow & Balloon Festival Battle Creek USA (MI)
Jul 11-12 United States JB Elmendorf: Arctic Thunder Open House Anchorage USA (AK)
Jul 18-19 United States Duluth Air & Aviation Expo Duluth USA (MN)
Jul 22 United States Warren AFB: Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenne USA (WY)
Jul 25-26 United States Ellsworth Air & Space Show Rapid City USA (SD)
Aug 1-2 United States Grand Forks AFB Airshow Grand Forks USA (ND)
Aug 15-16 United States Chicago Air & Water Show Chicago USA (IL)
Aug 22-23 United States Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Armed Forces Airshow Avoca USA (PA)
Aug 26 United States Thunder Over The Boardwalk Atlantic City USA (NJ)
Aug 29-30 United States New York Airshow New Windsor USA (NY)
Sep 5-6 United States Kansas City Airshow New Century USA (KS)
Sep 12-13 Canada Airshow London London Canada (ON)
Sep 19-20 United States Great Pacific Airshow Huntington Beach USA (CA)
Oct 3-4 United States Minden-Tahoe Aviation Roundup Minden USA (NV)
Oct 10-11 United States Edwards AFB: Aerospace Valley Airshow Edwards USA (CA)
Oct 17-18 United States Fort Worth Alliance Airshow Dallas/Fort Worth USA (TX)
Oct 24-25 United States Wings Over North Georgia Rome USA (GA)
Oct 31-Nov 1 United States Central Florida Space & Air Show Sanford USA (FL)
Nov 7-8 United States New Orleans Airshow New Orleans USA (LA)
Nov 14-15 United States JB San Antonio Open House & Airshow San Antonio USA (TX)

BLUE ANGELS 2020 SCHEDULE

Date Show Location Country
Mar 14 United States El Centro Airshow: Wings Over the Desert El Centro USA (CA)
Mar 21-22 United States Los Angeles County Air Show Lancaster USA (CA)
Mar 28-29 United States MacDill AFB: Tampa Bay AirFest Tampa USA (FL)
Apr 4-5 United States Wings Over South Texas Kingsville USA (TX)
Apr 18-19 United States JB Charleston Air & Space Expo Charleston USA (SC)
Apr 25-26 United States Vero Beach Airshow Vero Beach USA (FL)
May 2-3 United States MCAS Cherry Point Airshow Havelock USA (NC)
May 9-10 United States Dyess Big Country AirFest Abilene USA (TX)
May 16-17 United States JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst: Power in the Pines Wrightstown USA (NJ)
May 22-23 United States Bethpage Airshow at Jones Beach Wantugh USA (NY)
May 30-31 United States Scott AFB Air & Space Show Belleville USA (SC)
Jun 13-14 United States Chippewa Valley Air Show Eau Claire USA (WI)
Jun 20-21 United States Memphis Air Show Millington USA (TN)
Jun 27-28 United States Dayton Air Show Dayton USA (OH)
Jul 4-5 United States National Cherry Festival Traverse City USA (MI)
Jul 11 United States Pensacola Beach Airshow Pensacola USA (FL)
Jul 18-19 Canada 4 Wing Cold Lake Airshow Cold Lake Canada (AB)
Jul 25-26 United States Milwaukee Air & Water Show Milwaukee USA (WI)
Aug 1-2 United States Seafair Airshow Seattle USA (WA)
Aug 15-16 United States Great State of Maine Air Show Brunswick USA (ME)
Aug 29-30 United States Thunder Over Michigan Air Show Ypsilanti USA (MI)
Sep 5-7 United States Cleveland National Air Show Cleveland USA (OH)
Sep 12-13 United States Maryland Fleet Week & Airshow Baltimore Baltimore USA (MD)
Sep 19-20 United States NAS Oceana Airshow Virginia Beach USA (VA)
Sep 25-27 United States MCAS Miramar Airshow San Diego USA (CA)
Oct 3-4 United States Naval Base Ventura County Airshow Point Mugu USA (CA)
Oct 10-11 United States San Francisco Fleet Week San Francisco USA (FL)
Oct 16-17 United States NAS Pensacola: Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow Pensacola USA (FL)

THUNDERBIRDS 2021 SCHEDULE

Date Show Location Country
Apr 10-11 United States Tyndall AFB: Gulf Coast Salute Panama City USA (FL)
Apr 17-18 United States Space Coast Warbird Airshow Titusville USA (FL)
Apr 24-25 United States Davis-Monthan ARB: Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona Tuscon USA (AZ)
May 1-2 United States Sound of Speed Airshow St. Joseph USA (MO)
May 8-9 United States Barksdale AFB: Defenders of Liberty Airshow Shreveport USA (LA)
May 30-31 United States Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach Watugh USA (NY)
Jun 5-6 United States The Great Tennessee Air Show Smyrna USA (TN)
Jun 12-13 United States Fairchild AFB: Inland Northwest Skyfest Spokane USA (WA)
Jun 19-20 United States Tinker AFB: Star Spangled Salute Air & Space Show Oklahoma City USA (OK)
Jun 26-27 Canada Bagotville International Airshow Bagotville Canada (QC)
Jul 3-4 United States National Cherry Festival Traverse City USA (MI)
Jul 10-11 United States Dayton Airshow Dayton USA (OH)
Jul 21 United States Warren AFB: Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenn USA (WY)
Jul 24-25 United States Milwaukee Air & Water Show Milwaukee USA (WI)
Jul 31-Aug 1 United States Oregon International Air Show McMinnville USA (OR)
Aug 14-15 United States Barnes ARGB: Westfield International Airshow Springfield USA (MA)
Aug 18 United States Thunder Over the Boardwalk Atlantic City USA (NJ)
Aug 28-29 United States Gowen Thunder Open House & Airshow Boise USA (ID)
Sep 4-6 United States Cleveland National Airshow Cleveland USA (OH)
Sep 11-12 United States Pease Open House Newington USA (NH)
Sep 18-19 United States National Championship Air Races Reno USA (NV)
Sep 15-16 United States California Capital Airshow Sacramento USA (CA)
Oct 2-3 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico International Airshow San Juan Puerto Rico
Oct 9-10 United States Wings Over Houston Houston USA (TX)

BLUE ANGELS 2021 SCHEDULE

Date Show Location Country
Apr 10-11 United States NAS JAX Airshow Jacksonville USA (FL)
Apr 17-18 United States Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in Lakeland USA (FL)
Apr 24-25 United States MCAS Beaufort Air Show Beaufort USA (SC)
May 1-2 United States Wings Over South Texas Corpus Christi USA (TX)
May 8-9 United States Fort Lauderdale Airshow Fort Lauderdale USA (FL)
May 15-16 United States Dobbins ARB: Wings Over Atlanta Marietta USA (GA)
May 29-30 United States Westmoreland County Airshow Latrobe USA (PA)
Jun 5-6 United States Chennault International Airshow Lake Charles USA (LA)
Jun 12-13 United States Deke Slayton Airfest La Crosse USA (WI)
Jun 19-20 United States Thunder of Niagara Open House Niagara Falls USA (NY)
Jun 26-27 United States Duluth Air and Aviation Expo Duluth USA (MN)
Jul 3-4 United States KC Airshow Kansas City USA (MO)
Jul 10-11 United States Pensacola Beach Airshow Pensacola USA (FL)
Jul 24-25 United States Fargo Airsho Fargo USA (ND)
Jul 31-Aug 1 United States Arctic Lightning Air Show Eielson USA (AK)
Aug 7-8 United States Seafair Airshow Seattle USA (WA)
Aug 14-15 United States Owensboro Airshow Owensboro USA (KY)
Aug 21-22 United States Chicago Air & Water Show Chicago USA (IL)
Aug 28-29 Canada Airshow London London Canada (ON)
Sep 4-5 United States Cape Cod Airshow & Open House Cape Cod USA (MA)
Sep 18-19 United States NAS Oceana Airshow Virginia Beach USA (VA)
Sep 25-26 United States MCAS Miramar Airshow San Diego USA (CA)
Oct 2-3 United States Great Pacific Airshow Huntington Beach USA (CA)
Oct 9-10 United States San Francisco Fleet Week San Francisco USA (CA)
Oct 16-17 United States Northern Colorado Airshow Loveland USA (CO)
Oct 23-24 United States Fort Worth Alliance Airshow Dallas/Fort Worth USA (TX)
Oct 30-31 United States Wings over North Georgia Rome USA (GA)
Nov 5-6 United States NAS Pensacola: Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow Pensacola USA (FL)

USMC Harrier and Osprey 2020 demonstration schedules announced

LAS VEGAS | The US Marine Corps will perform at several US airshows next year, according to schedules released at the International Council of Air Shows Convention.

Displays will come from the MV-22 Osprey and AV-8B Harrier. One Harrier display location and four Osprey locations have been named, along with several alternates.

Date Show Location Country Aircraft
Apr 4 United States Heart of Texas Airshow Waco TX MV-22
Apr 18 United States Thunder Over Louisville Louisville USA (KY) MV-22
May 9-10 United States Wings Over Dalton Dalton USA (GA) AV-8B alternate
May 16-17 United States Atlanta Airshow Peachtree City USA (GA) AV-8B alternate
Jun 6-7 United States Selfridge ANGB Airshow & Open House Mt. Clemens USA (MI) AV-8B
Jul 25-26 United States Milwaukee Air & Water Show Milwaukee USA (WI) MV-22 alternate
Aug 15-16 United States Great State of Maine Airshow Brunswick USA (ME) MV-22
Sep 25-27 United States Oregon Int’l Airshow McMinnville USA (OR) MV-22
Oct 26-27 United States Wings Over Houston Houston USA (TX) MV-22 alternate
Oct 10-11 United States Florida Int’l Airshow Punta Gorda USA (FL) MV-22 alternate

USAF F-22, A-10, F-35 and F-16 demonstration schedules for 2020 announced

LAS VEGAS | The USAF’s Air Combat Command solo demonstration teams have announced their schedules for the 2020 season at the International Council of Air Shows Convention.

The F-22A Raptor demonstration team will perform full demonstrations at 23 shows, including three overseas appearences: one each in Singapore, Canada and Chile. The F-35A demonstration team, part of the ACC for the first time, will fly at 20 shows, all in the USA. The A-10C, flying at 20 shows, will appear twice in Canada. The F-16C will perform full demonstrations at 20 shows, all in the USA.

No show is currently due to host more than one full display by a USAF solo demonstration team.

Date Show Location Country Aircraft
Feb 11-16 Singapore Singapore Airshow Changi East Singapore F-22A
Feb 16 United States Stars & Stripes Airshow Spectacular Laredo USA (TX) F-16C
Mar 13-14 United States Yuma Airshow Yuma USA (TX) F-35A
Mar 14 United States El Centro Airshow El Centro USA (CA) A-10C
Mar 21-22 United States Luke Days Air & Space Expo Luke USA (AZ) F-35A
Mar 21-22 United States Los Angeles County Airshow Lancaster USA (CA) F-22A
Mar 28-29 United States MacDill AFB: Tampa Bay AirFest Tampa USA (FL) F-22A
Mar 28-29 United States March Field Air & Space Expo March USA (CA) A-10C
Mar 31-Apr 5 Chile FIDAE Santiago Chile F-22A
Mar 31-Apr 5 United States Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in Lakeland USA (FL) F-35A
Apr 18 United States Thunder Over Louisville Louisville USA (KY) F-16C
Apr 18-19 United States JB Charleston Air & Space Expo Charleston USA (SC) F-35A
Apr 25-26 United States Vero Beach Airshow Vero Beach USA (FL) F-16C
May 2-3 United States Fort Lauderdale Airshow Fort Lauderdale USA (FL) F-35A
May 2-3 United States MCAS Cherry Point Airshow Havelock USA (NC) F-22A
May 2-3 United States Planes of Fame Chino USA (CA) A-10C
May 9-10 United States Beale AFB: Winfgs Over Recce Town Marysville USA (CA) F-35A
May 9-10 United States Wings Over Dalton Dalton USA (GA) F-16C
May 9-10 United States Dyess Big Country AirFest Abilene USA (TX) F-22A
May 16-17 United States Atlanta Airshow Peachtree City USA (GA) F-35A
May 16-17 United States JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst: Power in the Pines Wrightstown USA (NJ) A-10C
May 16-17 United States JB Langley: AirPower Over Hampton Roads Langley USA (VA) F-22A
May 16-17 United States Shaw Air Expo Sumter USA (SC) F-16C
May 23-24 United States Bethpage Airshow at Jones Beach Wantugh USA (NY) A-10C
May 23-24 United States Millville Wings & Wheels Millville USA (NJ) F-22A
May 30-31 United States Hangar 24 Airfest Redlands USA (CA) F-35A
May 30-31 United States Scott AFB Airshow & Open House Belleville USA (SC) F-16C
Jun 6-7 United States Selfridge ANGB Airshow & Open House Mt. Clemens USA (MI) A-10C
Jun 6-7 United States Wildwood AirFest North Wildwood USA (NJ) F-16C
Jun 13-14 United States OC Airshow Ocean City USA (MD) A-10C
Jun 13-14 United States Chippewa Valley Airshow Eau Claire USA (WI) F-16C
Jun 13-14 United States Wings Over Whiteman Knob Noster USA (MO) F-35A
Jun 20-21 United States Memphis Airshow Millington USA (TN) F-22A
Jun 26-28 United States Rhode Island Airshow Quonset USA (RI) F-22A
Jun 27-28 United States Dayton Airshow Dayton USA (OH) A-10C
Jun 27-28 United States ShrinersFest Evansville USA (IN) F-16C
Jun 27-28 United States Hill AFB: Utah Air Show – Warriors Over the Wasatch Ogden USA (UT) F-35A
Jul 3 United States Dubuque Fireworks & Airshow Dubuque USA (IA) F-22A (HF)
Jul 3-5 United States Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow & Balloon Fiesta Battle Creek USA (MI) F-22A (HF)
Jul 3-5 United States Fair St. Louis St. Louis USA (MO) A-10C
Jul 4 United States Racine Airshow: Thunder Over North Beach Racine USA (WA) F-22A
Jul 4 United States Tacoma Freedom Fair & Airshow Tacoma USA (WA) F-35A
Jul 4-5 United States Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels Tacoma USA (WA) F-35A
Jul 4-5 United States National Cherry Festival Traverse City USA (NC) F-16C
Jul 11 United States America’s Freedom Fest Goshen USA (IN) A-10C
Jul 11-12 United States JB Elmendorf: Arctic Thunder Open House Anchorage USA (AK) F-22A
Jul 18-19 United States Duluth Air & Aviation Expo Duluth USA (MN) F-22A
Jul 20-26 United States EAA AirVenture Oshkosh USA (WI) F-16C
Jul 24-26 United States Tri-City Water Follies: Thunder Over the River Kennewick USA (WA) A-10C
Jul 25-26 United States Milwaukee Air & Water Show Milwaukee USA (WI) F-22A, F-16C (HF)
Jul 31-Aug 2 United States Seafair Airshow Seattle USA (WI) F-22A
Aug 1 United States Minot AFB: Northern Neighbors Day Minot USA (ND) F-16C
Aug 7-9 Canada Abbotsford Int’l Airshow Abbotsford Canada (BC) F-22A
Aug 14-16 Canada Edmonton Airshow Edmonton Canada (BC) A-10C
Aug 15-16 United States Chicago Air & Water Show Chicago USA (IL) F-35A
Aug 15-16 United States Great State of Maine Airshow Brunswick USA (ME) F-16C
Aug 22-23 United States Offutt AFB: Defenders of Freedom Airshow Omaha USA (NE) F-22A
Aug 26 United States Thunder Over the Boardwalk Atlantic City USA (NJ) A-10C
Aug 29 United States Mattoon Airshow Mattoon USA (IL) A-10C
Aug 29-30 United States New York Airshow New Windsor USA (NY) F-22A
Aug 29-30 United States Thunder Over Michigan Ypsilanti USA (MI) F-35A
Sep 5-7 Canada Canadian Int’l Air Show Toronto Canada (ON) A-10C
Sep 5-7 United States Cleveland National Airshow Cleveland USA (OH) F-16C
Sep 11-12 United States Owensboro Airshow Owensboro USA (KY) F-22A
Sep 12-13 United States Maryland Fleet Week & Airshow Baltimore Baltimore USA (MD) A-10C
Sep 16-20 United States STIHL National Championships Air Races Reno USA (NV) F-35A
Sep 18-20 United States Great Pacific Airshow Huntington Beach USA (CA) F-16C
Sep 19-20 United States NAS Oceana Airshow Virginia Beach USA (VA) A-10C
Sep 25-27 United States MCAS Miramar Airshow San Diego USA (CA) F-35A
Sep 26-27 United States Oregon Int’l Airshow McMinnville USA (OR) F-16C
Oct 3-4 United States California Capital Airshow Sacramento USA (CA) F-35A
Oct 304 United States NVPC Point Mugu Airshow Point Mugu USA (CA) F-16C
Oct 9-11 United States Wings Over Houston Houston USA (TX) F-22A
Oct 10 United States Jacqueline Cochran Airshow Thermal USA (CA) F-35A (HF)
Oct 10-11 United States Edwards AFB: Aerospace Valley Airshow Edwards USA (CA) F-35A
Oct 10-11 United States San Francisco Fleet Week Apple Valley USA (CA) F-16C
Oct 10-11 United States WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival New Orleans USA (LA) A-10C
Oct 17 United States Apple Valley Airshow Thermal USA (CA) F-35A (HF)
Oct 17-18 United States Central Coast AirFest Santa Maria USA (CA) F-35A
Oct 17-18 United States Fort Worth Alliance Airshow Dallas/Fort Worth USA (TX) A-10C
Oct 24-25 United States Little Rock ARB: Thunder Over the Rock Little Rock USA (AR) F-22A
Oct 24-25 United States Florida Int’l Airshow Punta Gorda USA (FL) F-16C
Oct 31-Nov 1 United States Central Florida Space & Air Show Sanford USA (FL) F-35A
Nov 6-8 United States Stuart Airshow Stuart USA (FL) A-10C
Nov 7-9 United States New Orleans Airshow Belle Chasse USA (LA) F-22A
Nov 14-15 United States Hangar 24 AirFest Lake Havasu USA (AZ) F-16C
Nov 14-15 United States JB San Antonio Open House & Airshow San Antonio USA (TX) F-22A

Snowbirds and CF-18 Demo Team publish 2020 schedules

LAS VEGAS | The Royal Canadian Air Force’s main airshow teams have published schedules for the 2020 show season at the International Council of Air Shows Convention.

The Snowbirds, celebrating their 50th season, will make a late start to the season in June, with the exact date depending on training. They will perform at five US shows, including Oshkosh. The CF-18 Demo Team will only fly in Canada.

Date Show Location Country Aircraft
Jun 6-7 United States Selfridge ANGB Airshow & Open House Mt. Clemens USA (MI) Snowbirds
Jun 10 Canada North Bay Armed Forces Day North Bay Canada (ON) Snowbirds, CF-18
Jun 13-14 Canada CFB Borden Armed Forces Day Borden Canada (ON) Snowbirds, CF-18
Jun 17 Canada Snowbirds display Thompson Canada (MB) Snowbirds
Jun 20-21 Canada Manitoba Airshow Portage la Prairie Canada (MB) Snowbirds, CF-18
Jun 24 Canada Aérofête de Beauces Saint-Georges Canada (QC) Snowbirds
Jun 27-28 Canada Waterloo Aerofest Waterloo Canada (ON) Snowbirds, CF-18
Jul 4-5 United States Let Freedom Fly Int’l Airshow Pierre USA (SD) Snowbirds
Jul 11-12 Canada Yellowknife Int’l Airshow Yellowknife Canada (NT) Snowbirds, CF-18
Jul 15 Canada Snowbirds display Whitehorse Canada (YT) Snowbirds
Jul 18-19 Canada 4 Wing Cold Lake Airshow Cold Lake Canada (AB) Snowbirds, CF-18
Jul 23-26 United States EAA AirVenture Oshkosh USA (WI) Snowbirds
Jul 29 Canada Snowbirds display Vancouver Canada (BC) Snowbirds
Aug 1-2 Canada Vanderhoof Int’l Airshow Vanderhoof Canada (BC) CF-18
Aug 1-2 Canada Lethbridge Airshow Lethbridge Canada (AB) Snowbirds
Aug 5 Canada Rocky Mountain House Airshow Rocky Mountain House Canada (AB) Snowbirds
Aug 7-9 Canada Abbotsford Int’l Airshow Abbotsford Canada (BC) Snowbirds, CF-18
Aug 12 Canada Snowbirds fly for CHILD White Rock Canada (BC) Snowbirds
Aug 15-16 Canada Edmonton Airshow Edmonton Canada (BC) Snowbirds, CF-18
Aug 29-30 Canada Air Show Atlantic Debert Canada (NS) Snowbirds, CF-18
Sep 2 Canada Brantford Community Charity Airshow Brantford Canada (ON) Snowbirds, CF-18
Sep 5-7 Canada Canadian Int’l Airshow Toronto Canada (ON) Snowbirds, CF-18
Sep 11-13 Canada Airshow London London Canada (ON) Snowbirds, CF-18
Sep 16 Canada Fort Erie Airshow Fort Erie Canada (ON) Snowbirds
Sep 19-20 Canada Aero Gatineau-Ottawa Gatineau Canada (QC) Snowbirds, CF-18
Sep 26-27 Canada Festival Aérien Gravity Mirabel Canada (QC) Snowbirds, CF-18
Oct 3-4 Canada Bromont Airshow Bromont Canada (QC) CF-18
Oct 3-4 United States California Capital Airshow Sacramento USA (CA) Snowbirds
Oct 10-11 United States Wings Over Houston Houston USA (TX) Snowbirds

Snowbirds resume normal operations; 2020 season to start in June

MOOSE JAW | The Canadian Forces Snowbirds resumed normal operations today, following a crash in October.

The Royal Canadian Air Force said that the team returned to full operations on Thursday 5th December, with their 2020 season slated to begin on the 6th June 2020. The performance schedule will be released at the ICAS Convention in Las Vegas next week.

The team will start their season several weeks later than usual because the accident delayed the start of their training program.

The Snowbirds’ ageing CT-114 Tutor fleet had been on an operational pause following an accident at the Atlanta Airshow on the 13th October. Snowbird 5, Capt. Kevin Domon-Grenier, was forced to eject before the start of the show when his plane’s engine developed problems. There were no significant injuries, but the aircraft was destroyed. An interim report also identified “irregularities” with the ejection sequence.

The full investigation into the crash is ongoing, but the Snowbirds’ return to flight follows a full risk assessment, the Air Force said.

2020 will mark the Snowbirds’ 50th anniversary, with the team flying the CT-114 for the entirety of that period.