This page will be updated periodically, with details of all the highlights of the 2017 airshow season.
Major tours/foreign appearances:
- Black Eagles, Rafale and Russian Knights to visit LIMA
- Patrouille de France to conduct North America tour from late March to early May
- Multiple civilian aerobatic teams to visit Formation Aerobatics Championship, China
- Thunderbirds to visit RIAT and Bastille Day
- USAF F-22 Demo Team to visit RIAT, ADEX and Avalon
- Lockheed Martin to demonstrate F-35A at Paris Airshow
- Red Arrows to conduct Middle East tour in September and October
- Baltic Bees to commence Asia tour in September
- Saudi Hawks to conduct three week European tour in September
- Al Fursan to visit MAKS and SIAF
- Turkish Stars to visit ARMY
Major new airshows and one-off events:
- Ohakea RNZAF 80th Anniversary Airshow, New Zealand (25-26 Feb)
- World Formation Aerobatics Championship, Zhengzhou, China (29 Apr-3 May)
- HAF Phantom retirement airshow, Larissa City, Greece (5 May)
Great Yarmouth Airshow, Norfolk, UK (15-18 June)
- Meeting de France, Dijon, France (9 July)
- RAF Scampton Airshow, Lincolnshire, UK (9-10 Sept)
- Black Falcons, x6 AT-6 Texan II, New Zealand (to replace Red Checkers from February 2017)
- Team 60, x5/6 SK-60, Sweden (team reformed for local events to aid recruitment)
- USAF A-10 (returning to the USAF Heritage Flight this year)
- NoAF Historical Squadron CT-33 Silver Star, Norway (pilot able to fly at airshows in 2017)
- Armée de l’Air Alpha Jet solo display, France (returning to displays after a four-year absence)
- Armée de l’Air Couteau Delta, x2 Mirage 2000D, France (replacing Ramex Delta)
- B-29 “FiFi” (aircraft restoration completed in 2016)
Disbanded teams and cancellations:
- Armée de l’Air Cartouche Doré (put to “temporary sleep” after 2015 season)
- Armée de l’Air Ramex Delta (disbanded during 2016 season)
- Royal Navy Black Cats (lack of aircraft and operational requirements)
- RNLAF “Orange Lion” F-16 (will once again be inactive this year)
- Yeovilton Air Day “Commando Assault” (aircraft maintenance, commitments and retirement)
Airshow-related accidents and incidents (total fatalities: 9)
- January 9th: a member of the Indian Air Force’s Akash Ganga parachute team was injured when his canopy collapsed at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, Gandhinagar.
- January 14th: Sqn. Ldr. Dilokrit Pattavee was killed at Hat Yai Airport in Thailand at a Children’s Day airshow when his JAS-39C Gripen crashed into the ground.
- January 26th: a pilot and his passenger were killed when a Grumman G-73 crashes into the Swan River in Perth, Australia, during the “Skyworks” Australia Day airshow.
- January 28th: a Grumman F4U Corsair suffered a hydraulics failure and landed with its gear retracted at the Hunter Valley Airshow, Australia. There were no injuries.
- February 17th: a member of the Swiss PC-7 Team hit a TV cable during a display at a skiing competition in St. Moritz, Switzerland. There were no injuries.
- April 8th: an aircraft of the GEICO Skytypers made a safe emergency landing at Sun ‘n Fun, USA, after encountering engine problems just before the start of the display.
- April 9th: a Cessna 310R suffered a landing gear collapse and veered off the runway at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in. Neither occupant was injured.
- April 26th: two F/A-18s of the Blue Angels made contact briefly during a formation flypast with the Thunderbirds near Pensacola Beach, USA. There were no injuries.
- May 14th: an aircraft of the Twister Duo made a forced landing with gear up near the runway at the Abingdon Air & Country Show, UK. The pilot received minor injuries.
- May 25th: the Flying Bulls’ AH-1 Cobra was severely damaged when its rotor blades clipped a building while landing in Tyrol, Austria. There were no injuries.
- May 27th: Navy Wings’ Sea Vixen made a forced gear-up landing at RNAS Yeovilton, UK, after her first display of the year at the Duxford Air Festival. There were no injuries.
- May 28th: a member of the US Navy Leapfrogs parachute team was killed when his parachute failed during a jump at New York’s Fleet Week event, USA.
- June 11th: a Spitfire turned over on take-off during the Longuyon-Villette aerodrome open day in France. The pilot was not seriously injured.
- June 16th: AeroLegend’s Elizabeth Spitfire landed without its gear locked down at Sywell Aerodrome, UK. Neither occupant was injured.
- June 24th: an F-16 of the USAF Thunderbirds flipped upside-down while taxying in strong winds before the Dayton Airshow, USA. The pilot suffered minor injuries.
- July 7th: the pilot of a Bristell NG-5 was killed in Tambov, Russia, when his aircraft spiraled into the ground while displaying at a university graduation ceremony.
- July 9th: a T-6 Harvard Mk.4 flipped over on landing at an airshow in Owen Sound, Canada. Both occupants received minor injuries.
- July 9th: P-51D Mustang “Miss Velma” made a forced landing in a field during the Flying Legends Airshow in Duxford, UK. The pilot was unharmed.
- July 16th: Famed Mustang pilot Vlado Lenoch and passenger Bethany Root were killed when their P-51D Mustang crashed near Cummings, USA, after the Amelia Earhart Festival.
- September 2nd: an Antonov An-2 strikes the ground and bursts into flames during an air display near Moscow, Russia, killing both occupants.
- Septembmer 3rd: the pilot of a Belgian Army A109 was killed when he reported fell from the helicopter after a parachute jump in Amay, Belgium. The copilot landed the aircraft safely.