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Florida Air Shows 2019/2020

USAF Thunderbirds at Sun 'n Fun Fly-In
USAF Thunderbirds at Sun 'n Fun Fly-In

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 Florida air show season typically runs from mid January to November with most shows in either the spring or the autumn (fall).

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.

A couple of Florida’s air museums like the Valiant Air Command at Titusville (Space Coast Warbird Airshow, formerly TICO Warbird Airshow), the Florida Air Museum in Lakeland (Sun ’n Fun Fly-In and Convention) and the nearby Fantasy of Flight museum at Polk City host annual air shows. Fantasy of Flight used to offer daily (Thursday through Sunday) aerial demonstrations subject to the weather but they shut to the general public on April 6, 2014 and are currently operating a seasonal interim museum.

Air Demonstration Teams visiting Florida in 2019

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–130 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.

United States Navy Blue Angels

For 2019, the Blue Angels are due to appear at NAS Key West, Lakeland Sun ’n Fun Fly-In and Convention, Fort Lauderdale Air Show, Pensacola Beach Air Show, Jacksonville Sea and Sky Air Show and finally the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show. In 2020 their show schedule includes MacDill AFB, Vero Beach, Pensacola Beach 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 2019 the Thunderbirds will be again perform a flyby at the Daytona International Speedway for the annual Daytona 500 in February and the Florida International Air Show in November. In 2020 they are scheduled to appear at Sun ’n Fun, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach and the new Orlando Sanford Air Show.

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 2016 and in 2017 they returned to the Fort Lauderdale Air Show 2017. There are no plans to appear in Florida in 2019.

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.

Florida Air Shows 2019/20 at a glance

Dates Florida Air Show Name Location
January 18-February 3, 2019 Wings of Freedom Tour 2019 Various
January 23–26, 2019 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Sebring Regional Airport
January 26, 2019 Aerospace and Aviation Day 2019 Orlando Sanford International Airport (Million Air Hanger)
February 17, 2019 Daytona 500 Flyover (USAF Thunderbirds) Daytona International Speedway
February 23, 2019 Planes, Trains & Automobiles Plant City Airport
March 2, 2019 Plane, Trains & BBQ Wooten Park, Lake Dora, Tavares
March 15–17, 2019 Space Coast Warbird Airshow 2019 (formerly TICO Warbird Airshow) Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville
March 30–31, 2019 Gulf Coast Salute - Tyndall AFB Air Show - CANCELLED Tyndall AFB, Panama City
March 30–31, 2019 NAS Key West Southernmost Air Spectacular Boca Chica Field
March 30–31, 2019 Melbourne Air & Space Show Melbourne International Airport
April 2–7, 2019 Sun ’n Fun Fly-In and Convention Lakeland Linder Regional Airport
April 13, 2019 Marvel of Flight Fly-in & Expo DeFuniak Springs Airport
April 27, 2019 Cross City Airport Fly In Cross City Airport
May 4–5, 2019 Fort Lauderdale Air Show 2019 Fort Lauderdale
May 25–26, 2019 Miami Beach Air & Sea Show 2019 South Beach, Miami Beach
July 13, 2019 Pensacola Beach Air Show 2019 Pensacola Beach
October 26–27, 2019 Jacksonville Sea & Sky Spectacular Jacksonville Beach
November 1–3, 2019 Florida International Air Show Charlotte County Airport, Punta Gorda
November 2–3, 2018 Stuart Air Show 2019 Witham Field, Stuart
November 8–9, 2019 NAS Pensacola Open House - Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show Sherman Field, NAS Pensacola
November 8–10, 2019 New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport
March 28–29, 2010 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 31-November 1, 2020 Orlando Sanford Air Show 2020 Sanford International Airport

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: February 6, 2019.

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