The fantastic weather means that Florida hosts a large number of air shows and fly-ins, many of which are free to attend, especially the beach air shows. The air show season in Florida typically runs from mid January to November with most shows in either the spring or the autumn (fall).
A complete schedule of upcoming Florida air shows for 2020 and 2021 can be found below.
Though not air shows as such, the Wings of Freedom Tour by the Collings Foundation, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AirPower History Tour and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Aluminium Overcast Tour and Ford-Tri-Motor Tour often bring a number of warbirds to Florida each year and over the space of a couple of months they visit a number of regional airports throughout the state. This is an opportunity to see real vintage and World War II aircraft in flight rather than just as static museum exhibits. For a fee, you can even get a ride in one of them.
Air Shows at Florida Air Museums
A couple of Florida’s air museums like the Valiant Air Command at Titusville (Space Coast Warbird Airshow, formerly TICO Warbird Airshow) and the Florida Air Museum in Lakeland (Sun ’n Fun Fly-In and Convention) host annual air shows each Spring.
In October 2019 the Board of Directors of the Valiant Air Command museum voted on cost grounds to postpone the 43rd Space Coast Warbird Airshow to 2021 so there will be no Space Coast Warbird Airshow in 2020
The nearby Fantasy of Flight museum at Polk City used to offer daily (Thursday through Sunday) aerial demonstrations subject to the weather but they shut the main museum to the general public on April 6, 2014 and are currently operating a seasonal interim museum with joy rides in vintage biplanes on the days the museum is open. There are plans to re-open as a much larger and more aviation themed attraction in the future.
Air Demonstration Teams visiting Florida in 2020 and 2021
Two of America’s top military aerobatic display teams, the United States Air Force Thunderbirds flying Lockheed (General Dynamics) F–16 Fighting Falcons and the United States Navy Blue Angels flying Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F/A–18 Hornets regularly perform at some of Florida’s Air Shows.
Whilst the Thunderbirds are based at Nellis AFB in Nevada, the Blue Angels are actually based at NAS Pensacola in Florida’s Panhandle supported by a Lockheed C–130T Hercules affectionately known as ‘Fat Albert’. Fat Albert’s party trick was a JATO (jet assisted take off) which unfortunately stopped in 2009 when the supply of jet rocket packs was expended. In May 2019 Fat Albert was retired as it had reached the end of its service life and is being replaced by an ex Royal Air Force C–130J Super Hercules in Spring 2020.
It is likely the Blue Angels will also transition to F/A–18E/F Super Hornets in 2021.
United States Navy Blue Angels
For 2020, the Blue Angels are due to appear at the McDill AFB Tampa Bay AirFest 2020, Vero Beach Air Show 2020 and finally the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show.
When the Blue Angels are ‘at home’ they often perform practice sessions that are open to the public typically between March and October. There is even a chance to grab an autograph.
Their full display schedule and practice sessions calendar can be found on their website.
United States Air Force Thunderbirds
During 2020 the Thunderbirds will be again perform a flyby at the Daytona International Speedway for the annual Daytona 500 in February, the Lakeland Sun ’n Fun Fly-In and Convention in April, Fort Lauderdale Air Show and Miami Beach Air & Sea Show in May, wrapping up at the new Lockheed Martin Space and Air Show in Sanford in October.
In 2021 they are scheduled to appear at Tyndall AFB Gulf Coast Salute Air Show and Space Coast Warbird Airshow in April.
Other International Teams
The Canadian Snowbirds Demonstration Team] fly the Canadair Tutor CT–114 and sometimes venture south. In 2012 they appeared at the Wings and Waves Air Show at Daytona Beach, in 2016 at the Fort Lauderdale Air Show and in 2017 they returned to the Fort Lauderdale Air Show. They have not returned to Florida since 2017.
In 2017, the French national display team, The Patrouille de France, flying 8 Alpha Jet trainers made a rare USA appearance and displayed at both the Melbourne Air & Space Show and Sun’n Fun Fly-In in April.
In 2019 the British Red Arrows display team, took part in a North American tour but did not display in Florida.
Complete List of Florida Air Shows 2020 and 2021 at a glance
Click links for more details on Florida air show ticket prices, schedules and appearances.
|Dates||Florida Air Show Name||Location|
|January 9-March 29. 2020||EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour 2020||Various|
|January 17-February 3, 2020||Wings of Freedom Tour 2020||Various|
|January 25, 2020||Aerospace and Aviation Day 2020||Orlando Sanford International Airport (Million Air Hanger)|
|February 16, 2020||Daytona 500 Flyover (USAF Thunderbirds)||Daytona International Speedway|
|February 22, 2020||Planes, Trains & Automobiles||Plant City Airport|
|February 29, 2020||Plane, Trains & BBQ||Wooten Park, Lake Dora, Tavares|
|March 13–15, 2020||Space Coast Warbird Airshow 2020 (formerly TICO Warbird Airshow) - CANCELLED||Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville|
|March 27–28, 2020||Marvel of Flight Fly-in & Expo||DeFuniak Springs Airport|
|March 28–29, 2020||McDill AFB Tampa Bay AirFest 2020||McDill Air Force Base|
|March 31-April 5, 2020||Sun ’n Fun Fly-In and Convention||Lakeland Linder Regional Airport|
|April 25–26, 2020||Vero Beach Air Show 2020||Vero Beach Municipal Airport|
|May 2–3, 2020||Fort Lauderdale Air Show 2020||Fort Lauderdale|
|May 23–24, 2020||Miami Beach Air & Sea Show 2020||South Beach, Miami Beach|
|July 11, 2020||Pensacola Beach Air Show 2020||Pensacola Beach|
|October 16–17, 2020||NAS Pensacola Open House - Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show||Sherman Field, NAS Pensacola|
|October 23–25, 2020||Florida International Air Show||Charlotte County Airport, Punta Gorda|
|October 31-November 1, 2020||Lockheed Martin Space and Air Show 2020||Orlando Sanford International Airport|
|November 6–8, 2020||Audi Stuart Air Show 2020||Witham Field, Stuart|
|April 10–11, 2021||Tyndall AFB Gulf Coast Salute Air Show 2021||Tyndall AFB, Panama City|
|April 10–11, 2021||NAS JAX Air Show - Birthplace of the Blue Angels||NAS Jacksonville|
|April 17–18, 2021||Sun ’n Fun Fly-In and Convention||Lakeland Linder Regional Airport|
|April 17–18, 2021||Space Coast Warbird Airshow 2021||Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville|
|May 8–9, 2021||Fort Lauderdale Air Show 2020||Fort Lauderdale|
|July 10–11, 2021||Pensacola Beach Air Show 2020||Pensacola Beach|
|November 5–6, 2021||NAS Pensacola Open House - Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show||Sherman Field, NAS Pensacola|
Key: TBC - To be confirmed.
This information is correct to the best of our knowledge but you should always check with the show organisers before making a trip as shows sometimes get cancelled or rescheduled.
If you do have any corrections or additions to the list of Florida air shows noted above, please do not hesitate to contact us. Last updated: January 6, 2020.