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 2021 and 2022 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.
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
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic none of the vintage tours have released any tour dates for 2021 yet.
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.
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 2021 and 2022
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-18E/F Super 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.
United States Navy Blue Angels
On November 4, 2020 the Blue Angels officially retired their fleet of F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornets and have transitioned 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.
In 2021 their show schedule includes the NAS Jacksonville Air Show and Sun 'n Fun Fly-In and Convention in Lakeland in April, the Fort Lauderdale Air Show and Great Florida Air Show in Melbourne in May, the Pensacola Beach Air Show in July and the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show in November.
In 2022 they are due to appear at the McDill AFB Tampa Bay AirFest in March, Vero Beach Air Show in April, Pensacola Beach Air Show in July, NAS Jacksonville Air Show in October and the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show in November.
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 2021 the Thunderbirds will be again perform a flyby at the Daytona International Speedway for the annual Daytona 500 in February and then appear at the Cocoa Beach Air Show in April and the Lockheed Martin Air and Space Show in October.
The Thunderbirds have now released their provisional 2022 schedule and it includes Lakeland Fun ’n Sun and Fort Lauderdale Air Show in April and the Lockheed Martin Central Florida Air and Space Show in October.
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 (HF) 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 2021, so far the following appearances have been confirmed:
- NAS Jacksonville Air Show — F-22 (Cancelled)
- Sun 'n Fun Fly-In and Convention — F-22 & P-51
- Cocoa Beach Air Show — F-22 & A-10
- Fort Lauderdale Air Show — F-16 & P-51
- Great Florida Air Show — F-16 & P-51
- Florida International Air Show — F-16
- Audi Stuart Air Show — F-16
Complete List of Florida Air Shows in 2021 and 2022 at a glance
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many airshows in 2020 were cancelled or postponed but the 2021 season is now starting to fill up though there are still a few cancellations
Click links for more details on Florida air show ticket prices, schedules and appearances.
|Dates||Florida Air Show Name||Location|
|February 14, 2021||Daytona 500 Flyover (USAF Thunderbirds)||Daytona International Speedway|
|March 20, 2021||Gator Fly In and Armed Services Appreciation Day - POSTPONED||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 Jacksonville Air Show - Birthplace of the Blue Angels - CANCELLED||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|
|April 17-18, 2021||Cocoa Beach Air Show||Cocoa Beach|
|May 8-9, 2021||Fort Lauderdale Air Show 2021||Fort Lauderdale Beach|
|May 15-16, 2021||Great Florida Air Show||Orlando Melbourne International Airport|
|May 29-30, 2021||Hyundai Air & Sea Show 2021||South Beach, Miami Beach|
|July 10-11, 2021||Pensacola Beach Air Show 2021||Pensacola Beach|
|October 16-17, 2021||Florida International Air Show||Charlotte County Airport, Punta Gorda|
|October 16-18, 2021||Lockheed Martin Central Florida Air and Space Show 2021||Orlando Sanford International Airport|
|November 5-6, 2021||NAS Pensacola Open House, Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show||Sherman Field, NAS Pensacola|
|November 12-14, 2021||Audi Stuart Air Show 2021||Witham Field, Stuart|
|February 13, 2022||Daytona 500 Flyover (USAF Thunderbirds)||Daytona International Speedway|
|March 26-27, 2022||McDill AFB Tampa Bay AirFest 2022||McDill Air Force Base|
|April 2-3, 2022||Southernmost Air Spectacular||NAS Key West|
|April 5-10, 2022||Sun 'n Fun Fly-In and Convention||Lakeland Linder Regional Airport|
|April 30-May 1, 2022||Vero Beach Air Show 2022||Vero Beach Regional Airport|
|April 30-May 1, 2022||Fort Lauderdale Air Show 2022||Fort Lauderdale Beach|
|May 28-29, 2022||Hyundai Air & Sea Show 2022||South Beach, Miami Beach|
|July 9-10, 2022||Pensacola Beach Air Show 2022||Pensacola Beach|
|October 22-23, 2022||NAS Jacksonville Air Show - Birthplace of the Blue Angels||NAS Jacksonville|
|October 29-30, 2022||Lockheed Martin Central Florida Air and Space Show 2022||Orlando Sanford International Airport|
|November 11-12, 2022||NAS Pensacola Open House, Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show||Sherman Field, NAS Pensacola|
|April 1-2, 2023||Wings Over Homestead ARB||Homestead ARB|
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 air 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: June 11, 2021.