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Florida Air Show Calendar 2022 and 2023

USAF Thunderbirds at Sun 'n Fun Fly-In [© 2019, floridareview.co.uk, all rights reserved]
USAF Thunderbirds at Sun 'n Fun Fly-In [© 2019, floridareview.co.uk, all rights reserved]

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 air shows in Florida for 2022 and 2023 can be found below.

You will also find details of vintage air tours that often visit Florida, the air museums that also host air shows and the aerobatic display teams that perform in Florida.

Complete List of Florida Air Shows in 2022 and 2023 at a glance

Due to the COVID–19 pandemic, many airshows in 2020 and 2021 were cancelled or postponed but the 2022 season has filled up though there are still a few cancellations

Click links (opens on a new page) for more details on Florida air show ticket prices, schedules and appearances.

DatesFlorida Air Show NameLocation
February 13, 2022Daytona 500 Flyover (USAF Thunderbirds)Daytona International Speedway
March 19, 2022Gator Fly In and Armed Services Appreciation DayGainesville Regional Airport
March 26-27, 2022McDill AFB Tampa Bay AirFest 2022McDill Air Force Base
April 2-3, 2022Southernmost Air SpectacularNAS Key West
April 5-10, 202248th Sun 'n Fun Aerospace ExpoLakeland Linder Regional Airport
April 9-10, 2022Wings Over Homestead ARB - POSTPONEDHomestead ARB
April 30-May 1, 2022Vero Beach Air Show 2022Vero Beach Regional Airport
April 30-May 1, 2022Fort Lauderdale Air Show 2022Fort Lauderdale Beach
May 21-22, 2022Space Coast Air Show 2022Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville
May 28-29, 2022Hyundai Air & Sea Show 2022South Beach, Miami Beach
July 9-10, 2022Pensacola Beach Air Show 2022Pensacola Beach
October 22-23, 2022NAS Jacksonville Air Show - Birthplace of the Blue AngelsNAS Jacksonville
October 29-30, 2022Lockheed Martin Central Florida Air and Space Show 2022Orlando Sanford International Airport
November 11-12, 2022NAS Pensacola Open House, Blue Angels Homecoming Air ShowSherman Field, NAS Pensacola
April 1-2, 2023Wings Over Homestead ARBHomestead ARB
November 4-5, 2023Florida International Air Show / Wings Over Charlotte HarborCharlotte County Airport, Punta Gorda

Key: TBC - To be confirmed.

Vintage Air Tours in Florida

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 often get a ride in one of them.

Due to the COVID–19 pandemic, none of the vintage air tours came to Florida in 2021.

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 was no Space Coast Warbird Airshow in 2020. In the end this was cancelled as well and it now looks like it has been replaced by the Space Coast Air Show

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 2022 and 2023

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

The Blue Angels have now transitioned to the larger F/A–18E/F Super Hornets 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 2022 their show schedule includes the following Florida air shows:

  • Tampa Bay AirFest in March
  • Vero Beach Air Show in April
  • Pensacola Beach Air Show in July
  • NAS JAX Air Show in October
  • Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show in November

In 2023 they are due to appear at the following Florida air shows:

  • Sun ’n Fun Fly-In and Convention in Lakeland in April
  • NAS Key West Southernmost Air Spectacular in April
  • Fort Lauderdale Air Show in April
  • Pensacola Beach Air Show in July
  • Jacksonville Sea and Sky Air Show in October
  • 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

The Thunderbirds are yet to announce their full 2022 and 2023 air show schedule, so far during 2022 the Thunderbirds will appear at the following Florida air shows:

  • Lakeland Fun ’n Sun in April
  • Fort Lauderdale Air Show in April
  • Lockheed Martin Central Florida Air and Space Show in October

They also have a tradition of doing a fly past at the Daytona International Speedway for the annual Daytona 500 in February.

United States Parachute Teams

As well as aerial demonstration teams there are also a number of military parachute teams including the United States Army Golden Knights, United States Navy Leap Frogs and United States Special Operation Command Para-Commandos.

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 are making a welcome return to Florida in 2022.

In 2022 their show schedule includes one Florida air show:

  • Space Coast Air Show, Titusville in May

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.

The British Army Red Devils Parachute Regiment are appearing in 2022.

Single Ship and Legacy Demo Teams

As well as the Air Demonstration formation teams, there are also a number of U.S. military service demo teams drawn from the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard.

U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command single ship demonstration teams operate in the USA and 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 “Viper” 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:

  • North American P–51 Mustang
  • North American F–86 Sabre
  • Lockheed P–38 Lightning
  • Curtis P–40 Warhawk
  • Republic P–47 Thunderbolt
  • Douglas A–1 Skyraider

As well as fighter aircraft, the U.S. Air Force also operate a heavy lift Boeing C–17 Globemaster III demo team.

The U.S. Navy also operate a Legacy Flight where they fly twin ship formations combining frontline fighters with warbirds again from World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Frontline aircraft include:

  • Beechcraft T–6 Texan II
  • Boeing EA–18G Growler
  • Boeing F/A–18G Super Hornet
  • Lockheed Martin F–35C Legacy II
  • McDonnell Douglas F/A–18C/D Hornet
  • McDonnell Douglas TA–45 Goshawk

Warbird aircraft include:

  • Beechcraft T–34 Mentor
  • Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
  • Douglas AD–4 Skyraider
  • Douglas A–4B Skyhawk
  • Douglas TA–4J Skyhawk
  • Goodyear FG–1D Corsair
  • North American SNJ Texan
  • North American T–2 Buckeye
  • North American T–28 Trojan

Florida Air Show Team Appearances in 2022

For 2022, so far the following appearances have been confirmed:

  • McDill AFB Tampa Bay AirFest — Blue Angels, F–22, Para-Commandos
  • Sun ’n Fun Fly-In and Convention, Lakeland — Thunderbirds, C–17, F–22
  • Vero Beach Air Show — Blue Angels
  • Fort Lauderdale Air Show, Fort Lauderdale — Thunderbirds
  • Space Coast Air Show — Snowbirds, F–22
  • Hyundai Air & Sea Show — F–16, A–10, B–2, C–17, Golden Knights, Black Daggers, Red Devils
  • Pensacola Beach Air Show — Blue Angels
  • NAS Jacksonville Air Show — Blue Angels
  • Lockheed Martin Central Florida Air and Space Show — Thunderbirds
  • Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show — Blue Angels

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: January 7, 2022.