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Air Show Calendar for 2017 and 2018

An All-American show! Aerial action at the Wings and Waves Air Show, Daytona Beach, Florida

Air shows have been a popular event in the United States, and around the world, for decades. These shows, air expos and base open houses offer the general public a chance to view both static aircraft displays and aerial performances, up close and personal. And they also provide an opportunity to meet and interact with the pilots and staff of these aircraft.

Performances by aerial groups such as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and U.S. Navy Blue Angels are consistent draws across the county.

So, whether this weekend's show be at the huge, unique Oshkosh Airventure, the Reno National Championship Air Races, or a smaller, less well-known "local" air show, it will be a hit attraction for young and old alike!

There are dozens of air shows planned for 2017 and 2018 across the United States. Included below are highlights of the air show schedule.

Highlights of the 2017 Air Show Season

Shown below are a few of  the air shows in the last part of 2017 that we are planning to attend.

Altus AFB Air Show
Altus AFB, Oklahoma
September 9, 2017
Reno National Championship Air Races
Reno Stead Airport, Reno, Nevada
September 13 - 17, 2017
MCAS Miramar Air Show
MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California
September 23 - 24, 2017
Wings Over Dallas
Dallas Executive Airport
October 6 - 8, 2017
San Francisco Fleet Week Air Show
The Waterfront, San Francisco, California
October 7 - 8, 2017
Florida International Air Show
Punta Gorda Airport, Florida
October 13 - 15, 2017
Wings Over Houston Air Show
Ellington Field, Houston, Texas
October 21 - 22, 2017
JB San Antonio Air Show
JB Lackland-Kelly, Texas
November 4 - 5, 2017
NAS Pensacola Open House and
Blue Angels Homecoming

Sherman Field, NAS Pensacola, Florida
November 11 - 12, 2017
Aviation Nation - Las Vegas Air Show and
Thunderbirds Homecoming

Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada
November 11 - 12, 2017

 

Highlights of the 2018 Air Show Season

Included below are highlights of the upcoming 2018 air show and base open house schedule in the United States.

Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona
Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona
March 17 - 18, 2018
Melbourne Air & Space Show
Melbourne International Airport, Florida
March 17 - 18, 2018
Wings Over South Texas
NAS Kingsville, Texas
March 24 - 25, 2018
Dobbins ARB Air Show
Dobbins ARB, Marietta, Georgia
March 24 - 25, 2018
March Field AirFest 2018
March ARB, California
April 7 - 8, 2018
Heart of Texas Air Show
Waco Airport, Texas
April 7 - 8, 2018
Columbus AFB Air Show
Columbus AFB, Columbus, Mississippi
April 21 - 22, 2018
Charleston Air Expo 2018
Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina
April 28 - 29, 2018
MCAS Cherry Point Air Show
MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina
May 4 - 6, 2018
Laughlin AFB Open House & Air Show
Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, Texas
May 12 - 13, 2018
MacDill AFB Tampa Bay AirFest 2018
MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida
May 12 - 13, 2018
U.S. Naval Academy Air Show
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
May 23, 2018
Cannon AFB Oen House & Air Show
Cannon AFB, New Mexico
May 26 - 27, 2018
Mountain Home AFB Air Show
Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
June 2 - 3, 2018
NAS Patuxent River Air Expo
NAS Patuxent, Maryland
June 2 - 3, 2018
Hill AFB Open House
Hill AFB, Ogden, Utah
June 23 - 24, 2018
Dayton Air Show
Dayton International Airport, Ohio
June 23 - 24, 2018
Artic Thunder Air Show 2018
Joint Base Elmendorf, Alaska
June 30 - July 1, 2018
Biloxi Gulf Coast Air Show
Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi
July 21 - 22, 2018
EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2018
Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh WI
July 23 - 29, 2018
Seafair 2018 Boeing Air Show
Lake Washington, Seattle
August 3 - 5, 2018
Minot AFB Northern Neighbors Day
Minot AFB, North Dakota
August 4, 2018
Chicago Air and Water Show
Lake Michigan Lakefront, Chicago, Illinois
August 18 - 19, 2018
Thunder Over Michigan
Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, Michigan
August 25 - 26, 2018
McConnell AFB Open House & Air Show
McConnell AFB, Wichita, Kansas
September 8 - 9, 2018
Reno National Championship Air Races
Reno Stead Airport, Reno, Nevada
September 12 - 16, 2018
NAS Oceano Air Show
NAS Oceano, Virginia Beach, Virginia
September 22 - 23, 2018
MCAS Miramar Air Show
MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California
September 29 - 30, 2018
San Francisco Fleet Week Air Show
Alliance Airport, Fort Worth, Texas
October 6 - 7, 2018
Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
The Waterfront, San Francisco, California
October 13 - 14, 2018
Wings Over Houston Air Show
Ellington Field, Houston, Texas
October 20 - 21, 2018
Little Rock AFB Air Show
Little Rock AFB, Jacksonville, Arkansas
October 27 - 28, 2018
NAS Pensacola Open House and
Blue Angels Homecoming

Sherman Field, NAS Pensacola, Florida
November 2 - 3, 2018
Nellis Air Force Base Air Show
Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada
November 10 - 11, 2018


F-16 Aircraft of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on display at the Cannon AFB Air Show, Clovis, New Mexico
F-16 Aircraft of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on display at the Cannon AFB Air Show, Clovis, New Mexico

Detailed Lists of Upcoming Air Shows in 2017 and 2018

Air Show Photos

The start of another great air show by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
The start of another great air show by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
An All-American show! Aerial action at the Wings and Waves Air Show, Daytona Beach, Florida
An All-American show! Aerial action at the Wings and Waves Air Show, Daytona Beach, Florida
Thousands of visitors at the Barksdale Air Force Base Open House and Defenders of Liberty Air Show
Thousands of visitors at the Barksdale Air Force Base Open House and Defenders of Liberty Air Show

Official USAF Thunderbirds photographers at work at the Traverse City Air Show
Official USAF Thunderbirds photographers at work at the Traverse City Air Show

Throngs of air show attendees looking over a B-1B Lancer, C-5 Galaxy and other aircraft
Throngs of air show attendees looking over a B-1B Lancer, C-5 Galaxy and other aircraft


U.S. Air Force F-16 Thunderbirds, Artic Thunder Air Show, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska
Photo courtesy of Alaska Professional Photography
U.S. Air Force F-16 Thunderbirds, Artic Thunder Air Show, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska
Photo courtesy of Alaska Professional Photography

Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Witchcraft" (S/N 44-44052) of the Collings Foundation at Tyler Texas Air Show
Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Witchcraft" (S/N 44-44052) of the Collings Foundation

B-25J-5-NC "Yellow Rose", S/N 43-27868, on display at a Texas air show
B-25J-5-NC "Yellow Rose", S/N 43-27868, built in 1943

A perennial air show favorite ... B-29 "FiFi" of the Commemorative Air Force, with CAF flag and American flag waving from cockpit
B-29 "FiFi" of the Commemorative Air Force, with CAF flag and American flag waving from cockpit

 

Photos of the Cannon Air Force Base Air Show

KC-135R Stratotanker of the 97th Air Mobility Wing on display at the Cannon AFB Air Show, Clovis, New Mexico
KC-135R Stratotanker of the 97th Air Mobility Wing on display at the Cannon AFB Air Show, Clovis, New Mexico

C-130 Combat Talon on display at an air show and open house at Cannon AFB, Clovis, New Mexico
C-130 Combat Talon on display at the Cannon AFB Air Show, Clovis, New Mexico

C-130J Super Hercules at the 2014 Cannon AFB open house, Clovis, New Mexico
C-130J Super Hercules at the 2014 Cannon AFB Air Show, Clovis, New Mexico

United States Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, on static display at the Cannon AFB Air Show, Clovis, New Mexico
United States Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, on static display at the Cannon AFB Air Show, Clovis, New Mexico

Special thanks to Andrew Hersey for granting permission to use these original photos from his archives

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