Top 15 Air Show Events and Festivals in the USA
Learn more about the best air shows, events and festivals in the USA showcasing the skills of pilots and their amazing flying machines.
The increasingly popular air shows and festivals in the USA, including the EAA AirVenture recognized as the world's largest and most significant annual aviation event, now showcase highly sophisticated and elaborate planes from past and modern eras including the best stunt pilots . . .
See below for more about the main 15 Air Show USA events.
Florida International Air Show
Punta Gorda, Florida
One of the top 15 air show events and festivals in the USA designated as one of the "10 Best Air Shows Around the World" by USAToday.com, the Florida International Air Show, a popular event for more than 32 years, offers a wide variety of entertainment for the whole family, from exciting air displays including military and civilian aircraft performing death-defying stunts, aerobatic passes, and dozens of aircraft-related displays, to a special play area with fun rides for children.
For more information about the Florida International Air Show visit:
Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo
early to mid April
Recognized as one of the top air shows in the world, Florida’s Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland has been a popular event for nearly 40 years. Showcasing a wide range of air displays by military stunt teams, aviation exhibitions and skilled solo pilots, this increasingly popular air show also features a wide range of exhibits from all over the world including the latest planes on the market.
For more information about the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland visit:
MacDill Air Fest
Tampa, Central West Florida
Attracting more than 750,000 “air” and aircraft enthusiasts, the two-day MacDill Air Fest is one of the largest air shows in the USA, rated as one of the best air shows, events and festivals in the USA hosted by a variety of civilian and military aerobatics demonstration teams highlighting the missions, traditions and heritage of the military services.
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Lauderdale Air Show
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Once known as the Shell Air and Sea Show, the popular, patriotic waterfront Lauderdale Air Show presents its events over the ocean on Fort Lauderdale Beach featuring more than four continuous hours of the nation’s premier military and civilian acts. The best ways to enjoy the Lauderdale Air Show, recognized as one of the main Air Show USA events, are from, at or near the aerial 50 yard line.
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May Day Fly-In & Air Show
early to mid May
One of the USA aviation events of the year, the May Day Fly-In & Air Show attracts more pilots, vendors and spectators than ever before. The pilot competitions include the spectacular STOL (Short Landing/Short Take Off) contests featuring the best pilots in the USA and around the world. Other events include the Poker Run (more easily understood when witnessed than explained), flour bombing (more obviously anticipated), spectacular high flying aerobatics, the Unusual Attitudes’ daring stunt shows, an US Coast Guard Helicopter simulated rescue and a team of skydivers.
For more information about the May Day Fly-In & Air Show visit:
Andrews Air Force Base Joint Services Air Show
Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
Highlighting the Blue Angels, the Golden Knights, and many other exciting aerial and ground attractions, the Andrews Air Show, close to Washington DC, features everything from special military displays including “war birds” from more than four decades of military flight history as well as a wealth of civilian performers.
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Great Tennessee Air Show
Recognized as one of the "Top 10 Best Air Shows in the World" by USA Today, the 2014 Great Tennessee Air Show will feature the world-famous US Navy Blue Angels precision flight demonstration team. Presented by the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority for over forty years, this year's show also features many other exciting aerobatic acts, military and civilian aircraft on display, and a Kid Zone, allowing the community the opportunity to experience aviation up close and personal.
For more information about the Great Tennessee Air Show visit:
Vectren Dayton Air Show
Known to be “The Birthplace of Aviation,” Ohio celebrates its stronghold in the world of flight and the likes of the Wright brothers who put it there. Born in Dayton, Orville and Wilbur Wright are credited as the first people to successfully build a working airplane. Since 1974, the Vectren Dayton Air Show has celebrated the state as an aviation epicenter through these first-in-flight brothers, modern-day aerobatic champions and military jet flyers, among many others.
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or visit: http://www.daytonairshow.com
Geneseo Air Show
Geneseo, New York
Heralded as “the Greatest Show on Turf”, the Geneseo Air Show, founded in 1994, offers 2-days of non-stop flying demonstrations of World War II planes and the chance for visitors to see vintage planes up close and talk with the pilots. There is also the chance to enjoy the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum dedicated to the restoration, preservation, display, and flight of aircraft of the World War II and Korean War eras, as well as the recognition of all United States Military personnel for their service and sacrifice.
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Pensacola Beach Air Show
The Navy’s famous flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, are joined by an exhilarating line-up during the annual Pensacola Beach Air Show, the biggest event of the year in Pensacola. Thousands of visitors flock to Pensacola Beach in July and Pensacola Naval Air Station in November to watch the world-famous Blue Angels practice awe-inspiring aerial maneuvers in the skies above. The Blue Angels practice most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, from March to November.
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late July - early August
Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh is the home of the world's largest and most significant annual aviation event. More than 10,000 planes of every size, shape and description - home-built, antique and aerobatics planes, plus military and general aviation aircraft from all over the world - are on display along the site's flight line. Visitors can attend any of the more than 500 forums, workshops and seminars offered throughout the event. They also can inspect the planes close-up and watch daily formation and aerobatic flying exhibitions performed by an international crew of expert aerobatics pilots.
For more information about the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh visit:
or visit: : http://www.airventure.org
Chicago Air & Water Show
Chicago waterfront, Illinois
The Chicago Air & Water Show is the largest two-day spectator event in the United States and the longest ongoing show of its kind in North America. Highlighting the show each year is one of the US military's high-speed, precision jet teams, featuring the US Air Force Thunderbirds and an array of other military aircraft and hardware.
For more information about the Chicago Air & Water Show visit: http://www.chicagoairandwatershow.us
Cleveland National Air Show
The Cleveland National Air Show is a fun event for the whole family with different flying exhibits including everything from US NAvy Blue Angles displays to parachuting, airborne aerobatics, wing walking, and helicopter demonstrations as well as a variety of interactive ground events like the displays of over 50 planes, exhibits on all things to do with the history of USA airmen, educational demonstrations like parachute packing and more fun activities like bungee jumping and rock wall climbing.
For more information about the Cleveland National Air Show visit:
Oceana Air Show
Virginia Beach, Virginia
One of the most popular USA events for more than half a century, the Oceana Air Show features everything for aircraft and aviation enthusiasts from flight demonstrations to parachute shows, pyrotechnics and more. Popular features of the Oceana Air show include aerial performers like the US Navy Blue Angels, US Air Force Thunderbirds, and Canadian Snowbirds, as well as historic and contemporary aircraft displays and demonstrations. A large part of the event, Kids Fest offers children the chance to sumo wrestle, paint faces, play in bounce houses, and climb rock walls.
For more information about the Oceana Air Show in Virginia Beach visit:
Reno Air Races
Recognized as one of the top air shows in the world, and one of the Top 15 Air Show Events and Festivals in the USA, the most popular parts of the Reno Air Races for half a century include the displays of airplane acrobatics as well as the airplane races in which six classes of aircraft piloted by civilian, amateur and ex-military pilots compete in 3- to 8-mile race courses in the sky.
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Miramar Air Show
San Diego, California
Taking place where the 1980’s film Top Gun was filmed, and widely recognized as one of the top air shows in the world, and the largest military show in the USA, and one of the main 15 Air Show USA events, the Miramar Air Show features performances by the Blue Angels, static displays and biplane aerobatics of A-10 Thunderbolts, F15 Eagles, F16 Fighting Falcons, and F22 Raptor fighter jets as well as performances and displays of past relics such as the P51 Mustang, the A1 Skyraider, F4 Phantom and TBM Avenger.
For more information about the Miramar Air Show visit:
updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.