PREVIEW: 2017 Airshow Season

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)

New performers:

  • 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.