Airplane engines thundering above you as the pilot pulls his aircraft into a loop take your breath away. This is the experience of many who have attended air shows. An air show is an exhibition of aircraft and the aviators flying skills. They are most often organized at airfields where there will be a display of airplanes and helicopters on the ground as well as an aerial display. Air shows may be held to raise funds for charity or may simply be held on military bases for entertainment purposes.
Air shows began even before world war two and involved air races coving long distances over many days.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Fly-In and Airshow
Billed as “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” AirVenture Oshkosh is certainly the world’s best-known fly-in and airshow event. It began in 1953 and now boasts more than 600,000 attendees. For many participants, the most exciting part of the event is flying to AirVenture and camping beside their airplanes.
Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In and Airshow
The first Sun ‘n Fun was held in 1974. It’s now an annual fly-in and airshow event that takes place every April. Sun ‘n Fun is one of the most popular fly-ins in the world and offers pilots the opportunity to arrive in their own aircraft. The primary goal of the event’s organizers is to promote aviation safety through education.
Sunderland International Air Show
The Sunderland International Air Show is the largest free airshow in Europe. While most airshows are held at airports, this one takes place on the seafront at Seaburn. More than a million people enjoy the Sunderland Air Show every year.
Farnborough International Airshow
This biennial airshow is an opportunity for more than a thousand civilian and military aerospace manufacturers to introduce new aircraft and aviation-related products to potential customers.
Abbotsford International Airshow and Fly-In
The Abbotsford International Airshow is held every August near the city of Vancouver. It features static aircraft displays of the Canadian and U.S. air forces as well as civilian aircraft.