Central Texas Airshow 2013

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Highlights of this family fun annual event include performances by Randy Herderson and the Texas T-Cart; Andrew Wright and the G202; Jan Collmer; Tora! Tora! Tora!; Paul Fiala; and Bob Carlton. For more information visit centraltexasairshow.com

Dates: 3-5 May 2013
Venue: Temple
State: Texas

Valkaria Air Fest 2013

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With general admission starting at 8am the Valkaria Air Fest has a program jam-packed with action on April 20, 2013. In addition to viewing two air shows, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy rides on a variety of aircraft. The day starts with powered paraglider and parachute fly-in at 7am, followed by formation flying, airboat velocity demonstration, photos and autographs with NASA astronaut Winston Scott, Valkaria Bob’s Bi-Plan wing walking show and the first air show beginning at 1pm. For more information visit www.valkariaairfest.org

Date: 20 April 2013
Venue: Valkaria Airport
City: Valkaria
State: Florida
Country: United States

Cleveland National Air Show 2012

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Performances lined up for the Cleveland National Air Show include the USN Blue Angels, a C-130 (Fat Albert) Demonstration, USN F/A-18 Super Hornet, F-22 Heritage Flight, USN Navy Leap Frogs, USA Golden Knights, Aurora Aerial Ballet, Jane Wicker, Mike Goulian, Sean D Tucker, and Metro Life Flight. Static displays, interactive activities, cockpit photo opportunities, and more make this a family-fun event not to miss. For more information on this exciting event, please visit the Cleveland Air Show Website.

Dates: 1-3 September 2012
Venue: Burke Lakefront Airport
City: Cleveland
State: Ohio
Country: United States

Breathtaking Aerobatics of the Blue Angels

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Formed in 1946, following World War II, the Blue Angels is the demonstration squadron of the United States Navy – and the highlight on many an air show or special event program throughout the United States. Consisting of six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, with highly trained pilots behind the controls, the Blue Angels feature in more than seventy shows at thirty-four venues around the country each year. It is estimated that around eleven million spectators view the intricate and breathtaking aerial displays annually, and more than 260 million people have seen the Blue Angels in action since 1946.

With the show season running each year from March through to November, the mission of the Blue Angels is to represent Navy and Marine corps aviation to the public and to play an active part in recruiting. As mentioned, the Blue Arrows are often the highlight of air shows around the country, and also perform at special events, sometimes flying over the host city of the event, for example during Cleveland’s Labor Day Air Show, Seattle’s Seafair festival and San Francisco’s Fleet Week.

Using a number of formations that the original Blue Angel team had perfected, along with new additions, four of the six F/A-18 Hornet aircraft are split into the classic Diamond Formation, with the remaining two taking lead and opposing solo spots. The show consists of a series of interactions between the Diamond Formation and solos as they perform high-speed passes, fast and slow rolls, slow passes and incredibly tight turns. Aircraft will carry out opposing passes as they head toward one another at high speed, seemingly on a collision course, and passing with a breathtakingly small space between them. Other aerial maneuvers which always thrill spectators are a range of mirror formations, where aircraft fly belly-to-belly, back-to-back, or with wingtips appearing to touch, with one of the Hornets inverted. The show finale is generally a series of amazing aerobatics of all the aircraft in the Delta Formation.

The highly trained and clearly skilled pilots make the whole show seem effortless, thanks to countless hours of disciplined practice and intense concentration. However, there are a number of mostly weather related variables the pilots must adjust to on show day. In clear weather the Blue Angels will perform a show at higher altitudes than they would on an overcast day, and while the show may go on in limited visibility weather conditions, the pilots would then present what they call a ‘flat’ show for which maximum ceiling (height) could be 1,500 feet, as opposed to the 8,000 feet ceiling of clear conditions.

Certainly, watching a performance by the Blue Angels would be an incentive for any adventure-seeking aviation-enthusiast to consider signing up to train as a military pilot.

Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow 2011

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The Omaka Classic Fighters is considered one of the most interesting an innovative airshows in the world. Visitors to the event will be able to watch history performed live as the Allies take on the offensive during the two World Wars. The show will feature over 70 aircraft flying on each day of the event, with thrilling theatrical scenarios. There will also be stalls, a fun zone for children, and classic/vintage cars on display.

Date: 22-24 April 2011
Times: Fri: 9:00 am-9:00 pm; Sat-Sun: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Venue: Omaka Aerodrome
City: Blenheim
State: Marlborough
Country: New Zealand

Asian Aerospace 2011

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Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress 2011 is an important B2B event in the commercial aerospace industry, featuring the MRO, business aviation, manufacturing, training and interiors sectors. In addition to the exhibition, static displays and conferences, highlights of the event will include the opening ceremony, the Asian Aviation Awards and the celebration of the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Hong Kong.

Date: 8 to 10 March 2011
Time: 09h30 to 17h30
Venue: AsiaWorld-Expo
City: Hong Kong
Country: People’s Republic of China

Cable Air Show 2011

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2011 will be the 36th Anniversary of the air show at Cable Airport. Activities at this exciting event will include the Freedom Skydivers, Corona RC Club, Flight Demonstrations, interactive opportunities for children and a car show. Stars of the show include Rob Harrison, Frank Donnelly, Seamus McCoughley, Mike Montgomery, and Steve Stavrakakis.

Date: 8 & 9 January 2011
Time: 8h00
Venue: Cable Airport
State: California
Country: United States of America

Trust House Wings Over Wairarapa 2011

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The Wings Over Wairapa airshow is considered the largest in Australasia and has gained a fine reputation. Taking place from 21 to 23 January 2011, it is a tribute show to the men, women and machines that have played a roll in the history of aviation.

There will be more than 70 aircraft on display, with a variety of rare and important flying machines. Other entertainment at the event will include an air race, trade sites, static displays, military vehicles, move props, children’s fun and more.

Date: 21 to 23 January 2011
Time: 8h30 to 16h30
Venue: Hood Aerodrome
City: Masterton
Region: Wellington
Country: New Zealand

Cocoa Beach Air Show 2010

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On 30 and 31 October 2010, the air space over Cocoa Beach will be filled with breathtaking aerial performances, heart stopping demonstrations and unforgettable stunts. The headlining event of the show, will be a performance by the US Air Force Thunderbirds, and a variety of aircraft, including the USN F-18 Hornet, USAF F -15 Strike Eage and C-17 Globemaster III, will be put through their paces over the beachfront. Other performers include the U.S. Navy Seals Leap Frogs, Viper Airshows, Rob Holland, John Black, 101st Screaming Eagles and the 920th Rescue Wing, that are based at the local Patrick Air Force Base.

To find out more about the 2010 Cocoa Beach Air Show, its performances, schedule and activities, visit the website at http://www.cocoabeachairshow.com/.

Date: 30 – 31 October 2010
Venue: Cocoa Beach
City: Cocoa Beach, Florida
Country: United States of America

Wing and Waves Air Show 2010

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The skies above the Atlantic Ocean will be filled with breathtaking aerial performances on the 9th and 10th of October 2010, at the 2010 Wing and Waves Air Show. There will be F-22 Raptors, F-16 Heritage Flights, F-16 Vipers and many more military demonstrations to look forward to, as well as the Geico Skytypers and Matt Chapman, delivering civilian performances. The Canadian Snowbirds will be the featured act of the Wing and Waves Air Show 2010, which consists of a spectacular nine aircraft demonstration.

For more information in regard to performers and the show, visit the official website at www.wingsandwaves.com.

Date: 9 – 10 October 2010
Venue: Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
City: Daytona Beach, Florida
Country: United States of America

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