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Airshow debuts and combined displays planned for next month’s Aero India

BENGALURU | Aero India 2021 is to feature three flying display debut from the Indian Air Force (IAF), as well as the first ever combined performance of its two aerobatic teams.

Photo: James Connolly

According to¬†The Deccan Herald, Air Force bosses hope to display three types that have never before flown at Aero India in the hands of the IAF: the CH-47F Chinook, AH-64E Apache, and one of the air arm’s new Rafale EH/DH jets, the first of which was delivered in July 2020. The latter will participate in a 41-aircraft opening flyby on the first day of the show, alongside the Sukhoi Su-30MKIs, a C-17 Globemaster, Antonov An-32, Mil Mi-17, and more.

42 planes are then expected to take part in the main flying displays, held each afternoon. This will include a variety of IAF aircraft, such as the Sukhoi Su-30MKI, and a trio of its HAL products: the Light Combat Helicopter, Light Utility Helicopter, and Tejas Light Combat Aircraft. The C-47 Dakota of the IAF’s relatively new Historic Flight squadron will also participate.

Also eagerly anticipated is a combined display of the IAF’s two aerobatic teams: Sarang, flying four HAL Druv helicopters, and Surya Kiran, flying nine BAE Hawk Mk.132s. Air Commodore Shailendra Sood, Air Officer-Commanding of the Yelahanka Training Command, told The Hindu that it will be the first time the two teams have delivered a combined display, promising that it will be “the highlight” of the show.

As well as being the first time the two teams have delivered a combined performance, it will also be Surya Kiran’s first performance at Aero India with the aircraft trailing since they upgraded to the Hawk in 2015, with smokewinder systems finally being added to two some of the team’s jets in October 2020.

Photo: Indian Air Force

International aircraft are also expected to participate, with Airbus contributing the C295 and A330 MRTT to the static display. Eight unspecified international aircraft are expected to join the flying display, including planes from the United States and France, but organisers have stressed that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, these plans are changing regularly.

Aero India will be the first major airshow of 2021, and the first trade airshow to be held since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. The hybrid show will feature a mixture of physical and virtual business events, with in-person guests required to provide an up-to-date negative coronavirus test result taken within 72 hours of entry.

This year’s show has been shortened from five days to three, with the public weekend being axed this year. However, the Deccan Herald reports that 3,000 members of the public will be admitted to a seperate area each day, offering views of the aerial performances. Admission to the trade exhibition will be capped at 15,000 each day.

The total maximum visitor number at this year’s show is therefore approximately 54,000 – less than a fifth of 2019’s figure.

Photo: Tom Wittevrongel

Organisers will be keen to avoid the negative headlines of the previous edition of Aero India, which opened with a fatal mid-air collision and closed with a large and destructive fire ripping through one of the event car parks, gutting over 300 vehicles.

This year, at least two Mi-17s, one An-32 and one Su-30 will be stationed at the show to provide fire cover, medical evacuations and air superiority respectively. Isolation centres have also been established around the venue, in case guests develop coronavirus symptoms on site.

Aero India 2021 will be held at Yelahanka AFS in Bengaluru on the 3rd-5th February.

Blue Angels’ Super Hornet debut show becomes online-only event

EL CENTRO | The newly re-imagined El Centro Airshow, slated to be the Blue Angels’ first public display with their new fleet of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, will be held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Scheduled for the 13th March 2021, the innaugural Festival of Flight at El Centro was set to be a “retooling” of the base’s traditional annual airshow, which usually opens the Blue Angels’ display season. As well as the Blue Angels, it was also due to feature solo displays by the USAF’s A-10 Demo Team and a US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier.

However, Captain William Perkins, the base’s commanding officer, confirmed to local news website The Desert Review that crowds will not be permitted at this year’s Festival of Flight. “Our inaugural Festival of Flight will be a virtual event with many live military flight demonstration team performances,” he said. “However, it will not accommodate a public gathering aboard the base as it has in the past.” The Blue Angels will continue to support the show.

The Blue Angels are currently stationed at El Centro for winter training, where they will remain until the start of the airshow season. They have used the base for winter training since 1967. Having not flown at any airshows in 2020, the team are now transitioning from their fleet of Legacy Hornets to the newer and more powerful Super Hornet, as well as a new C-130J support plane purchased from the Royal Air Force.

Following the cancellation of El Centro’s event, the team’s first public airshow with their new fleet is now scheduled to be the NAS JAX Airshow in Jacksonville, Florida, on the 10th-11th April.

El Centro joins a small but growing list of North American airshows scheduled for 2021 which have been cancelled, postponed or moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic, including the MCAS Yuma Airshow, Gowen Thunder Open House, and, most recently, the Star Spangled Salute at Tinker AFB.

August’s Gowen Thunder Open House postponed due to restrictions on gatherings

BOISE | The Gowen Thunder Open House & Airshow has become the first North American mid-season airshow of 2021 to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Scheduled for the 28th-29th August and held at Boise Airport/Gowen Field, the airshow was due to feature the USAF Thunderbirds and would have been the only major airshow in Idaho this year. However, the Idaho National Guard decided to cancel the show in early January citing “ongoing and projected restrictions on social gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

They added: “The Idaho National Guard remains strategically committed to hosting Open House events for the surrounding community and citizens of Idaho for the foreseeable future.”

Airshow organisers posted a new promotional image on the show on Facebook, bearing the characters “202X”, suggesting they intend the show to return in the next few years. Speaking to local media, event organisers were adamant that the show had been postponed, but not cancelled. The previous edition of the show was held in 2017.

MCAS Yuma Airshow 2021 cancelled “in the interest of public safety”

YUMA | The MCAS Yuma Airshow has become the first major 2021 airshow in the United States to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Scheduled for the 12th-13th of March, the airshow had been due to feature the F-22 Demo Team and various displays from the US Marine Corps. It is one of the first events of the North American airshow season.

Organisers said on Facebook that the cancellation was “in the interest of public safety … to help combat the spread of COVID-19.” It added that the health of service members, their family and the local community was their top priority.

Planning efforts will now be focussed on the next planned show, tentatively scheduled for the 12th March 2022.

For more about how airshows are coping with the coronavirus, see our in-depth feature article.

Which airshows to look out for in 2021, following the virtual ICAS Convention

With 2021 schedules of many of North America’s military airshow teams haivng been announced at this week’s virtual ICAS Convention, next year’s airshow season is now starting to take shape, and there are already a number of shows worth keeping an eye on.

Perhaps the most tantalising military line up at this stage is Thunder Over Niagara on the 19th-20th June, which has so far been granted four military demonstration teams. Two of these will be provided by the Royal Canadian Air Force, operating from across the border: this will include the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, making their first visit to the US since 2019, and the CF-18 Demo Team, also making its first US visit since 2019 and its only such appearance of 2021. They will be joining the US Navy Blue Angels and the US Air Force’s F-16 solo demonstration.

Also attracting four military performers is the Great Pacific Airshow at Huntington Beach on the 2nd-3rd October. Always one to showcase a strong military line up, next year’s show is due to feature the Blue Angels, Snowbirds, US Air Force F-35A Lightning II and US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey.

Two more shows will have dual jet aerobatic team headliners next year: San Francisco’s Fleet Week in October will bring the Blue Angels, Snowbirds and USAF F-16 together for a second time in 2021, while the California Capital Airshow will host the Thunderbirds, Snowbirds and USAF F-35.

All eyes will be on the Blue Angels next year, as they impress the crowds with their new fleet of Super Hornets for the first time. The original season opener was expected to be the NAS Jacksonville Airshow in April, but a new date, on the 13th March, has been added to their schedule at El Centro. While described by the Blue Angels as a “public practice”, the USAF A-10 solo demonstration and the US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier are also planning to attend, suggesting this could indeed be a full-scale airshow after all – made even more notable by the fact it is one of only two scheduled performances by the Harrier next year, as the schedule currently stands.

After the rare sight of all four US Air Force ACC solo demonstration teams at the same show in 2020, only one US shows have been lucky enough to secure more than one team in 2021. The Fort Worth Alliance Airshow will be hosting the A-10 and F-16 solo demonstrations, as well as the Blue Angels. However, with cancellations likely as the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, the schedule is likely to evolve over the coming months.

Canada will benefit from a healthy number of US military contributions this year. The Snowbirds and CF-18 Demo Team will be joined by the F-22 at the Abbotsford Airshow, the F-35A at the Canadian International Air Show and the Volaria Aeronautics Festival, and the F-16 at Gatineau.

Not all Canadian shows have been so lucky with securing local support, however. Airshow London will recieve the Blue Angels and CF-18, but miss out on the Snowbirds, while the Edmonton International Airshow will host the A-10, but is not currently scheduled to recieve any Royal Canadian Air Force contributions to the flying display.

As well as Canada and the USA, Air Combat Command’s demonstration teams will be visiting six other nations this year, subject to approval and coronavirus travel restrictions having eased sufficiently. Although the allocation of aircraft is yet to be announced, their planned participation in the Australian International Airshow will be particularly valued, as the show marks the Royal Australian Air Force’s centenary. The 50th anniversary of the UK’s Royal International Air Tattoo, meanwhile, will see a welcome return from the A-10 Demo Team, performing in Europe for the first time since 2011.

As always, several smaller airshows will be celebrating after securing a big headline act. Perhaps the standout show in this category next year will be the National Warplane Museum’s annual airshow at Geneseo: this small show, held at a grass airfield, has secured none other than the USAF’s F-22 demonstration team.

However, 2021’s schedules are far from being set in stone, with cancellations expected at least through the early months of the airshow season as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage unabated.

More excellent line ups could yet emerge, either as a result of re-allocations as airshows get cancelled, or after the US Navy announces the schedules for their Tactical Demonstrations and Legacy Flights. Most civilian performers are also yet to announce their schedules.

For more about how airshows are coping with the coronavirus, see our in-depth feature article.

USAF Thunderbirds announce 2021 & 2022 airshow schedule

The US Air Force Thunderbirds announced their updated 2021 airshow schedule at the virtual ICAS Convention, with ICAS releasing a provisional 2022 schedule in early January.

Flying six F-16C/D Fighting Falcons, the Thunderbirds are the official aerobatic demonstration team of the US Air Force. They were formed in 1953 and are based at Nellis AFB in Nevada.

The team’s 2021 schedule has changed quite significently since a provisional list of shows was released a year ago: initially, several large gaps existed in the schedule, suggesting an overseas tour may have been in the works. These have now been filled with US shows, perhaps as a result of coronavirus travel restrictions. In 2022, the team will perform internationally in Canada.

North American military airshow teams traditionally announce their schedules at the the International Council of Air Shows’ annual convention, which is being held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

For more about how airshows are coping with the coronavirus, see our in-depth feature article.

THUNDERBIRDS 2021 SCHEDULE

Date Show Location Country
Apr 17-18 United States Cocoa Beach Airshow Cocoa Beach USA (FL)
Apr 24-25 United States Davis-Monthan AFB: 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 Airshow Jones Beach 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)
Jul 3-4 United States National Cherry Festival Airshow Traverse City USA (MI)
Jul 10-11 United States Dayton Airshow Dayton USA (OH)
Jul 24-25 United States Milwaukee Air & Water Show Milwaukee USA (WI)
Jul 28 United States F E Warren AFB: Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenne USA (WY)
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 Rican Aerial Extravaganza Cieba Puerto Rico
Oct 9-10 United States Wings Over Houston Houston USA (TX)
Oct 16-17 United States Central Florida Air & Space Show Sanford USA (FL)
Oct 23-24 United States Los Angeles County Airshow Lancaster USA (CA)
Oct 30-31 United States California Int’l Airshow Salinas USA (CA)

THUNDERBIRDS 2022 SCHEDULE (PROVISIONAL)

Date Show Location Country
Mar 19-20 United States Luke AFB: Days Air & Space Expo Glendale USA (AZ)
Mar 26-27 United States Columbus AFB: Wings Over Columbus Columbus USA (MS)
Apr 2-3 United States Shaw AFB Air Expo: Thunder Over the Midlands Sumter USA (SC)
Apr 9-10 United States Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo Lakeland USA (FL)
Apr 23-24 United States JB San Antonio Air & Space Expo San Antonio USA (TX)
Apr 30-May 1 United States Fort Lauderdale Airshow Fort Lauderdale USA (FL)
May 14-15 United States March Field Air & Space Expo Riverside USA (CA)
Jun 4-5 United States Fort Wayne Open House & Airshow Fort Wayne USA (IN)
Jun 11-12 United States OC Airshow Ocean City USA (MD)
Jun 18-19 United States Grand Forks AFB Airshow Grand Forks USA (ND)
Jun 25-26 United States Hill AFB: Warriors Over the Wasatch Ogden USA (UT)
Jul 2-3 United States Battle Creek Airshow & Balloon Fiesta Battle Creek USA (MI)
Jul 16-17 United States Duluth Air & Aviation Expo Duluth USA (MN)
Jul 23-24 United States Flight Over the Falls Great Falls USA (MT)
Jul 27 United States F E Warren AFB: Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenne USA (WY)
Jul 30-31 United States JB Elmendorf: Arctic Thunder Airshow & Open House Anchorage USA (AK)
Aug 6-7 Canada Abbotsford International Airshow Abbotsford Canada (BC)
Aug 20-21 United States Chicago Air & Water Show Chicago USA (IL)
Aug 24 United States Atlantic City Airshow: Thunder Over the Boardwalk Atlantic City USA (NJ)
Aug 27-28 United States Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Armed Forces Airshow Avoca USA (PA)
Sep 3-4 United States Kansas City Airshow Gardner USA (KS)
Sep 10-11 United States Maryland Fleet Week & Airshow Baltimore Baltimore USA (MD)
Sep 17-18 United States JB Andrews Airshow Clinton USA (MD)
Sep 24-25 United States McConnell AFB: Frontiers in Flight Airshow Wichita USA (KS)
Oct 1-2 United States Great Pacific Airshow Huntington Beach USA (CA)
Oct 15-16 United States Edwards AFB: Aerospace Valley Airshow Edwards USA (CA)
Oct 22-23 United States Fort Worth Alliance Airshow Fort Worth USA (TX)
Oct 29-30 United States Central Florida Air & Space Show Sanford USA (FL)
Nov 5-6 United States Nellis AFB: Aviation Nation Las Vegas USA (NV)

US Navy Blue Angels announce 2021 & 2022 airshow schedules

The US Navy Blue Angels have announced their updated 2021 airshow schedule, as well as provisional dates for 2022, at the virtual ICAS Convention today.

Next year will be the team’s first season displaying with their new fleet of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, replacing their ageing Legacy Hornets, which were phased out in November of this year. They will also be debuting their new support plane at airshows next year, an ex-Royal Air Force C-130J Hercules, known affectionately as “Fat Albert”.

The new types will make their debut at a public practice at El Centro on the 13th March (although other US military teams are also scheduled to attend, suggesting this could become a full-scale airshow), followed by the NAS Jacksonville Airshow on the 10th-11th April – the team’s first official public airshow since autumn 2019. Their international debut will be at Airshow London 2021 in Canada; no other international appearances are scheduled in the next two years.

Flying six Super Hornets in their display, the Blue Angels are the official aerobatic team of the US Navy, and one of the oldest military aerobatic teams in the world, with a lineage dating back to 1946.

North American military airshow teams traditionally announce their schedules at the the International Council of Air Shows’ annual convention, which is being held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

For more about how airshows are coping with the coronavirus, see our in-depth feature article.

BLUE ANGELS 2021 SCHEDULE

Date Show Location Country
Mar 13 United States Festival of Flight El Centro USA (CA)
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 Great Florida Airshow Melbourne USA (FL)
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 Loveland 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)

BLUE ANGELS 2022 SCHEDULE (PROVISIONAL)

Date Show Location Country
Mar 12 United States NAS El Centro: Festival of Flight El Centro USA (CA)
Mar 19-20 United States New Orleans Airshow New Orleans USA (LA)
May 26-27 United States MacDill AFB: Tampa Bay AirFest Tampa USA (FL)
Apr 2-3 United States NAS Kingsville: Wings Over South Texas Kingsville USA (TX)
Apr 9-10 United States JB Charleston Air & Space Expo Charleston USA (SC)
Apr 23-24 United States Vidalia Onion Festival Airshow Vidalia USA (GA)
Apr 30-May 1 United States Vero Beach Airshow Vero Beach USA (FL)
May 7-8 United States McGuire AFB: Power in the Pines JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst USA (NJ)
May 14-15 United States Ellsworth AFB: Raider Country Open House Rapid City USA (SD)
May 28-29 United States Bethpage Airshow Jones Beach USA (NY)
Jun 4-5 United States Cheppewa Valley Airshow Eau Claire USA (WI)
Jun 11-12 United States Spirit of St. Louis Airshow St. Louis USA (MO)
Jun 18-19 United States Memphis Airshow Millington USA (TN)
Jul 2-4 United States National Cherry Festival Airshow Traverse City USA (MI)
Jul 9-10 United States Pensacola Beach Airshow Pensacola Beach USA (FL)
Jul 16-17 United States Thunder Over Michigan Ypsilanti USA (MI)
Jul 23-24 United States Dayton Airshow Dayton USA (OH)
Aug 6-7 United States Seafair Airshow Seattle USA (WA)
Aug 13-14 United States Kaneohe Bay Airshow Oahu USA (HI)
Aug 20-21 United States Oregon International Airshow McMinnville USA (OR)
Sep 3-4 United States Cleveland National Airshow Cleveland USA (OH)
Sep 10-11 United States Smokey Mountain Airshow Knoxville USA (TN)
Sep 17-18 United States NAS Oceana Airshow Virginia Beach USA (VA)
Sep 24-25 United States MCAS Miramar Airshow San Diego USA (CA)
Oct 1-2 United States Aviation Roundup Minden-Tahoe USA (NV)
Oct 8-9 United States Fleet Week San Francisco USA (CA)
Oct 22-23 United States NAS JAX Airshow Jacksonville USA (FL)
Oct 29-30 United States Wings Over Houston Ellington USA (TX)
Nov 5-6 United States Great Georgia Airshow Peachtree City USA (GA)
Nov 12-13 United States NAS Pensacola: Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow Pensacola USA (FL)

US Air Force F-35A, F-22A, F-16C & A-10C solo demo team schedules released for 2021

The US Air Force’s Air Combat Command solo demonstration teams have announced their 2021 schedules at the virtual ICAS Convention today.

As with the last two seasons, the USAF will field three front-line fast jet demonstrations: the F-35A Lightning II, F-22A Raptor, F-16C Fighting Falcon and A-10C Thunderbolt II. Each team will perform approximately 15-minute solo displays, as well as “Heritage Flights” alongside well-known US warbirds.

In addition to solo displays, all four teams will be visiting Canada at least once. Additional international shows in the UK, UAE, Mexico, Colombia and Australia are also pending approval.

North American military airshow teams traditionally announce their schedules at the the International Council of Air Shows’ annual convention, which is being held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

For more about how airshows are coping with the coronavirus, see our in-depth feature article.

USAF AIR COMBAT COMMAND 2021 AIRSHOW SCHEDULE

Date Show Location Country Type
Mar 12-13 United States MCAS Yuma Airshow Yuma USA (CA) F-22
Mar 13 United States NAS El Centro Airshow El Centro USA (CA) A-10
Mar 20 United States CAF Highland Lakes Airshow Burnet USA (TX) A-10
Apr 10-11 United States NAS JAX Airshow Jacksonville USA (FL) F-22
Apr 13-18 United States Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in Lakeland USA (FL) F-22
Apr 13-14 United States Moody AFB: Hawgsmoke Valdosta USA (GA) A-10
Apr 17 United States Thunder Over Louisville Louisville USA (KY) F-16
Apr 17-18 United States Cocoa Beach Airshow Cocoa Beach USA (FL) F-35
Apr 21-24 Mexico Mexico Aerospace Fair Queretaro Mexico TBC
Apr 24-25 United States MCAS Beaufort Airshow Beaufort USA (SC) F-16
Apr 24-25 United States Davis-Monthan AFB: Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona Tuscon USA (AZ) A-10
Apr 30-May 2 United States Planes of Fame Chino USA (CA) F-35
May 1-2 United States Wings Over South Texas Corpus Christi USA (TX) F-16
May 8-9 United States Fort Lauderdale Airshow Fort Lauderdale USA (FL) F-16
May 8-9 United States Barksdale AFB: Defenders of Liberty Airshow Shreveport USA (LA) F-22
May 15-16 United States Hangar 24 AirFest Redlands USA (CA) F-35
May 15 United States Preakness Race Baltimore USA (MD) F-22 (HF only)
May 21-23 United States Oregon International Airshow Hillsboro USA (OR) F-35
May 22 United States Thunder Over Dalhart Dalhart USA (TX) A-10
May 28-30 United States Go Wheels Up! Texas San Marcos USA (TX) F-16
May 29-30 United States Atlanta Airshow Peachtree City USA (GA) F-35
May 29-30 United States Westmoreland County Airshow Latrobe USA (GA) F-22
May 30-31 United States Bethpage Airshow Jones Beach USA (NY) A-10
May 30 United States Hatfield USA (MA) A-10 (HF only)
Jun 5-6 United States Chennault International Airshow Lake Charles USA (LA) F-22
Jun 5-6 United States Wildwood Airshow North Wildwood USA (NJ) F-16
Jun 5-6 United States Great Tennessee Airshow Smyrna USA (TN) F-35
Jun 12-13 United States St. Cloud Airshow St. Cloud USA (MN) F-16
Jun 12-13 United States Deke Slayton Airfest La Crosse USA (WI) F-35
Jun 19-20 United States OC Airshow Ocean City USA (MD) F-22
Jun 19-20 United States Airshow Baltimore Baltimore USA (MD) A-10
Jun 19-20 United States Thunder Over Niagara Niagara Falls USA (NY) F-16
Jun 25-27 United States Rhode Island Airshow North Kingstown USA (RI) A-10
Jun 26-27 United States Duluth Airshow Duluth USA (MN) F-16
Jul 2 United States Rose City Airfest Tyler USA (TX) F-16
Jul 2-4 United States Battle Creek Airshow & Balloon Fiesta Battle Creek USA (MI) F-22
Jul 2 United States Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake Mabank USA (TX) F-16
Jul 3 United States Dubuque Fireworks & Airshow Dubique USA (IA) A-10
Jul 3-4 United States Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels Tacoma USA (WA) F-35 (HF only)
Jul 4 United States Racine Independence Day Parade Racine USA (WI) F-22 & A-10 (HF only)
Jul 4 United States Tacoma Freedom Fair Tacoma USA (WA) F-35
Jul 8-11 Colombia F-AIR Rio Negro Colombia TBC
Jul 9-11 United States National Warplane Museum: Geneseo Airshow Geneseo USA (NY) F-22
Jul 10-11 United Kingdom Flying Legends Sywell UK (ENG) A-10
Jul 16-18 United Kingdom Royal International Air Tattoo Fairford UK (ENG) A-10
Jul 23-25 United States Tri-Cities Water Follies Kennewick USA (WA) F-35
Jul 24-25 United States Fargo Airshow Fargo USA (ND) F-16
Jul 24-25 United States Milwaukee Air & Water Show Milwaukee USA (WI) F-22
Jul 24-25 United States EAA AirVenture Oshkosh USA (WI) F-16
Jul 30-Aug 1 United States Oregon International Airshow McMinnville USA (OR) F-22
Jul 31-Aug 1 Canada Lethbridge International Airshow Lethbridge Canada (AL) A-10
Jul 31-Aug 1 United States Eielson AFB: Arctic Lightning Airshow Fairbanks USA (AK) F-35
Aug 6-8 Canada Abbotsford International Airshow Abbotsford Canada (BC) F-22
Aug 6-8 United States Seafair Airshow Seattle USA (WA) A-10
Aug 7-8 United States Thunder Over Michigan Ypsilanti USA (MI) F-35
Aug 14-15 United States Owensboro Airshow Owensboro USA (KY) F-35
Aug 14-15 United States Decatur Airport 75th Anniversary Airshow Decatur USA (IL) A-10
Aug 15 United States Thunder Over Louisville Louisville USA (KY) F-16
Aug 18 United States Thunder Over the Boardwalk Atlantic City USA (NJ) F-22
Aug 20-22 Canada Edmonton Airshow Edmonton Canada (AB) A-10
Aug 21-22 United States Chicago Air & Water Show Chicago USA (IL) F-35
Aug 28-29 United States New York International Airshow New Windsor USA (NY) F-22
Sep 4-5 United States JB Cape Cod Airshow Cape Cod USA (MA) F-16
Sep 4-6 Canada Canadian International Air Show Toronto Canada (ON) F-35
Sep 4-6 United States Cleveland National Airshow Cleveland USA (OH) A-10
Sep 10-12 United States Wild West Airshow Cheyenne USA (WY) F-22
Sep 10-12 Canada Aero Gatineau-Ottawa Gatineau Canada (QC) F-16
Sep 11-12 United States CAF Sky High Wing AIRSHO Midland USA (TX) A-10
Sep 16-19 United States National Championship Air Races Reno USA (NV) F-22
Sep 17-19 Canada Volaria Aeronautics Festival Mirabel Canada (QC) F-35
Sep 18-19 United States Wings Over Wine Countru Santa Rosa USA (CA) A-10
Sep 25 United States Wendover Wings & Wheels Wendover USA (UT) F-16
Sep 25-26 United States Wings by the Wabash Robinson USA (IL) A-10
Sep 25-26 United States MCAS Miramar Airshow San Diego USA (CA) F-22
Sep 25-26 United States California Capital Airshow Sacramento USA (CA) F-35
Oct 2-3 United States Great Pacific Airshow Huntington Beach USA (CA) F-35
Oct 9-10 United States Wings Over Houston Ellington USA (TX) F-22
Oct 9-10 United States Fleet Week San Francisco USA (CA) F-16
Oct 16-17 United States Florida International Airshow Punta Gorda USA (FL) F-16
Oct 16-17 United States Central Florida Air & Space Show Sanford USA (FL) F-35
Oct 16-17 United States LNorthern Colorado Airshow Loveland USA (CO) A-10
Oct 19-24 Korea, Republic of Seoul ADEX Seoul Republic of Korea TBC
Oct 23-24 United States Los Angeles County Airshow Lancaster USA (CA) F-35
Oct 23-24 United States Fort Worth Alliance Airshow Fort Worth USA (TX) F-16 & A-10
Oct 30-31 United States Wings Over North Georgia Rome USA (GA) A-10
Nov 5-6 United States Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow Pensacola USA (FL) F-35
Nov 5-7 United States Stuart Airshow Stuart USA (FL) F-16
Nov 6-7 United States Davis-Monthan AFB: Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona Tuscon USA (AZ) A-10
Nov 13-14 United States Hangar 24 AirFest Lake Havasu USA (AZ) A-10
Nov 14-18 United Arab Emirates Dubai Airshow Dubai UAE (DU) TBC
Nov 23-28 Australia Australian International Airshow Avalon Australia (VIC) TBC
Dec TBC United Kingdom Lakenheath UK (ENG) F-35A

US Marine Corps Harrier & Osprey solo demonstration schedules released for 2021

The US Marine Corps has announced its 2021 airshow schedule at the virtual ICAS Convention today.

Both the MV-22 Osprey and AV-8B Harrier will perform at just two airshows each 2021. In addition to the schedules events, locally-based units typically stage further demonstrations at US Marine Corps open house events.

North American military airshow teams traditionally announce their schedules at the the International Council of Air Shows’ annual convention, which is being held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

For more about how airshows are coping with the coronavirus, see our in-depth feature article.

USMC 2021 AIRSHOW SCHEDULE

Date Show Location Country Type
Mar 13 United States El Centro Airshow El Centro USA (CA) Harrier
Apr 20 United States Heart of Texas Airshow Waco USA (TX) Osprey
Jul 2-4 United States Fair St. Louis St. Louis USA (MO) Harrier
Oct 2-3 United States Great Pacific Airshow Huntington Beach USA (CA) Osprey

Canadian Forces Snowbirds announce 2021 airshow schedule

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds have announced their 2021 airshow schedule today at the virtual ICAS Convention.

The Snowbirds are the official aerobatic team of the Royal Canadian Air Force, flying nine CT-114 Tutors in their display. Although next year will mark 51 years since the team was formed, it will be only their 50th display season, as no shows were performed in 2020.

Notably, the team plan to undertake an almost month-long visit to the southwestern United States at the end of the year, in addition to Thunder Over Niagara, which will likely be supported remotely.

North American military airshow teams traditionally announce their schedules at the the International Council of Air Shows’ annual convention, which is being held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

For more about how airshows are coping with the coronavirus, see our in-depth feature article.

SNOWBIRDS 2021 SCHEDULE

Date Show Location Country
Jun 5-6 Open date
Jun 9 Canada North Bay Armed Forces Day North Bay Canada (ON)
Jun 12-13 Open date
Jun 19-20 United States Thunder of Niagara Open House Niagara Falls USA (NY)
Jun 22 Canada Snowbirds display Hannover Canada (ON)
Jun 24 Open date
Jun 26-27 Canada Spectacle Aerien International de Bagotville Bagotville Canada (QC)
Jul 1 Canada Canada Day flyover Ottawa Canada (QC)
Jul 5 Canada Snowbirds display Thompson Canada (MB)
Jul 17 Canada Boundary Bay Airshow Delta Canada (BC)
Jul 18 Canada Snowbirds Fly For CHILD White Rock Canada (BC)
Jul 21 Canada Northwest Regional Airshow Terrace Canada (BC)
Jul 24-25 Canada Wings Over Springbank Springbank Canada (AB)
Jul 31-Aug 1 Open date
Aug 6-8 Canada Abbotsford International Airshow Abbotsford Canada (BC)
Aug 21 Canada Gander Airshow Gander Canada (NL)
Aug 22 Canada Snowbirds Over Conception Bay St. John’s Canada (NL)
Aug 25 Canada Snowbirds display Lunenberg Canada (NS)
Aug 28-29 Canada Airshow Atlantic Derbert Canada (NS)
Sep 2 Canada Brantford Community Charity Airshow Brantford Canada (ON)
Sep 4-6 Canada Canadian International Air Show Toronto Canada (ON)
Sep 8 Canada Kingston Airshow Kingston Canada (ON)
Sep 11-12 Canada Aero Gatineau-Ottawa Gatineau Canada (QC)
Sep 15 Canada Stratford Community Airshow Stratford Canada (ON)
Sep 18-19 Canada Volaria Aeronautics Festival Mirabel Canada (QC)
Sep 25-26 United States California Capital Airshow Sacramento USA (CA)
Oct 2-3 United States Great Pacific Airshow Huntington Beach USA (CA)
Oct 9-10 United States Fleet Week San Francisco USA (CA)
Oct 16-17 Open date