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, there are a number of vintage and warbirds aircraft tours that often visit Florida in the spring. Over the space of a couple of months they visit a number of regional airports throughout the state.
The Stuart Air Show 2020 is going ahead this year on November 7 and 8. If you purchase your tickets online you can get a reduction off the normal gate price of $30 and are $15 per person if purchased up to midnight on September 15 and $20 after that. Go to stuartairshow.com/tickets to buy tickets
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.
- Wings of Freedom Tour by the Collings Foundation
- Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AirPower History Tour
- Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Aluminium Overcast Tour
- Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Ford-Tri-Motor Tour
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.
On November 4, 2020 the Blue Angels officially retired their fleet of F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornets and are transitioning to the larger F/A-18E/F Super Hornets for the 2021 season supported by a “new” C-130J Super Hercules.
In May 2019 the original Lockheed C-130T Hercules affectionately known as ‘Fat Albert’ was retired as it had reached the end of its service life and has been replaced by an ex Royal Air Force C-130J Super Hercules in Summer 2020. The “old” 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.
United States Navy Blue Angels
For 2020, the Blue Angels were due to appear at the McDill AFB Tampa Bay AirFest, Vero Beach Air Show and finally the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show but in the end all the shows were cancelled.
In 2021 their show schedule includes NAS JAX Air Show, Sun 'n Fun Fly-In and Convention in Lakeland, Fort Lauderdale Air Show, Pensacola Beach Air Show and 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.
U.S. Air Force Demo Teams
As well as the Air Demonstration formation teams, there are also a number of U.S. Air Force single ship demonstration teams operating in the USA that regularly attend the various Florida airshows. These include:
- A-10 “Thunderbolt II” Demo Team — the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, also known as the “Warthog” was specifically designed as a close air support aircraft and is built around a 7 barrel Gatling type 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon firing 3,900 rounds per minute.
- F-16 “Viper” Demo Team — the Lockheed F-16CM Fighting Falcon is a single-seat, multi-role fighter that can exceed speeds of Mach 2.
- F-22 “Raptor” Demonstration Flight Team — the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor is a twin engined fifth generation stealth fighter equipped with thrust vectoring offering amazing manoeuvrability and speeds in excess of Mach 2 and can fly at Mach 1.5 without resorting to afterburners
- F-35 “Lightning II” Demo Team — Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II is a single engined multirole, all-weather air-to-air and surface attack stealth fighter
The single ship demo teams often team up with warbirds from the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight who operate vintage aircraft from World War II, Korea and the Vietnam era like the North American P-51 Mustang, North American F-86 Sabre, Lockheed P-38 Lightning, Curtis P-40 Warhawk, Republic P-47 Thunderbolt and Douglas A-1 Skyraider.
For 2020, many of the earlier appearances have been cancelled and all that remains is:
- Lockheed Martin Space and Air Show — F-22, F-35, F-16, A-10 and Heritage Flight
- Audi Stuart Air Show — F-22, F-35, F-16, A-10 and Heritage Flight P-51
- Fort Lauderdale Air Show — F-22, F-35, F-16, A-10 and Heritage Flight
- SUN 'n FUN Holiday Flying Festival and Car Show — F-22, F-35
Complete List of Florida Air Shows 2020 and 2021 at a glance
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many airshows in 2020 have been cancelled or postponed
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||Planes, Trains & BBQ||Wooten Park, Lake Dora, Tavares|
|March 13–15, 2020||Space Coast Warbird Airshow 2020 (formerly TICO Warbird Airshow) - CANCELLED UNTIL 2021||Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville|
|March 27–28, 2020||Marvel of Flight Fly-in & Expo - CANCELLED||DeFuniak Springs Airport|
|March 28–29, 2020||McDill AFB Tampa Bay AirFest 2020 - POSTPONED UNTIL 2022||McDill Air Force Base|
|March 31-April 5, 2020||Sun 'n Fun Fly-In and Convention - POSTPONED UNTIL 2021||Lakeland Linder Regional Airport|
|April 25–26, 2020||Vero Beach Air Show 2020 - POSTPONED||Vero Beach Municipal Airport|
|May 23–24, 2020||Hyundai Air & Sea Show 2020 - POSTPONED UNTIL 2021||South Beach, Miami Beach|
|July 11, 2020||Pensacola Beach Air Show 2020 - POSTPONED UNTIL 2021||Pensacola Beach|
|October 16–17, 2020||NAS Pensacola Open House, Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show - POSTPONED UNTIL 2021||Sherman Field, NAS Pensacola|
|October 23–25, 2020||Florida International Air Show - CANCELLED||Charlotte County Airport, Punta Gorda|
|October 31-November 1, 2020||Lockheed Martin Space and Air Show 2020||Orlando Sanford International Airport|
|November 7–8, 2020||Audi Stuart Air Show 2020||Witham Field, Stuart|
|November 21–22, 2020||Fort Lauderdale Air Show 2020||Fort Lauderdale Beach|
|December 4–5, 2020||SUN 'n FUN Holiday Flying Festival and Car Show||Lakeland Linder Regional Airport|
|March 20, 2021||Gator Fly In and Armed Services Appreciation Day||Gainesville Regional Airport|
|April 10–11, 2021||Tyndall AFB Gulf Coast Salute Air Show 2021 - CANCELLED||Tyndall AFB, Panama City|
|April 10–11, 2021||NAS JAX Air Show - Birthplace of the Blue Angels||NAS Jacksonville|
|April 13–18, 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 2021||Fort Lauderdale|
|May 29–30, 2021||Hyundai Air & Sea Show 2021||South Beach, Miami Beach|
|May 29–30, 2021||Miami Beach Air & Sea Show 2021||South Beach, Miami Beach|
|July 10–11, 2021||Pensacola Beach Air Show 2021||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: November 7, 2020.