All across the country, some of the best air shows provide spectators with breathtaking tricks in beautiful airplanes. Check out some of the best air shows in the United States, ranging from Washington all the way to Florida.
10 Best Air Shows In The U.S.
Miramar Air Show (San Diego, California)
Typically held in late September or early October, this air show happens at one of the sites where Top Gun was filmed. The U.S. Navy’s very own Blue Angels provide aerial acrobatics at the Miramar Air Show. Other aircraft, such as the A-10 Thunderbolt, F15 Eagle, F16 Fighting Falcon, F-35B Lightning, and F22 Raptor fighter jets, perform. You’ll get a chance to see the Breathing Jet Team, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, the U.S. Navy Leapfrogs and more during this incredible air show. You might see warbirds like the P51 Mustang, the A1 Skyraider, F4 Phantom and TBM Avenger on display, too. Your eyes will surely stay glued to the sky at this air show! It will be held on September 23-25, 2016. This year’s performance is notable for the centennial of the Marine Corps Reserve.
Dayton Air Show (Dayton, Ohio)
This is one of the best air shows in the U.S., thanks to its demos and flybys that range from all eras of flight. There’s even a replica of the Wright Brother’s B Flyer and the vector-shaped USAF B-2 stealth bomber. One of the most intriguing performances comes from the Tora Tora Tora team, which reenacts the Pearl Harbor attack. It’s complete with fiery explosions and Japanese Zeros. To experience this firsthand, though, your best bet is to take a ride for yourself in Oahu on a Pearl Harbor Warbirds flight.
Sun ‘N Fun International Fly-In & Expo (Lakeland, Florida)
A world-renowned air show, the Sun ‘N Fun International Fly-In & Expo takes place from April 4-9 in 2017. The show has enjoyed more than four decades of a variety of displays by military stunt teams, aviation exhibitions and skilled solo pilots. It also features exhibits from all across the globe, including the most current planes on the market.
Great Tennessee Air Show (Smyrna, Tennessee)
Every June, the Great Tennessee Air Show blows audiences away with its diverse aircraft performances. This year’s show included stunts by the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, Heritage Flight, U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team, F-4U Corsair, P-51 Mustang, BT-13 Vultee Valiant, and stunts by the legendary solo pilot Sean D. Tucker.
Kaneohe Bay Air Show (Oahu, Hawaii)
This air show has even featured our very own Pearl Harbor Warbirds founder. The Kaneohe Bay Air Show is held in mid-October and features the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, “Fat Albert,” Jacquie B., the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, and various other solo performances. The Pearl Harbor Warbirds was one highlight of 2015’s show—easily making this one of the best air shows around.
Reno Air Races (Reno, Nevada)
From September 14-18 this year, the Reno Air Races will stun audiences with displays of airplane acrobatics in addition to the airplane races. These races involve the competition of six classes of aircraft piloted by civilian, amateur and ex-military pilots. They fly 3-mile to 8-mile race courses in the sky.
Tacoma Freedom Fair Air Show (Tacoma, Washington)
Held on the Fourth of July, this air show offers a wide variety of air performances. The T-33 Shooting Star, Dr. D., F8F “Wampus Cat,” and Will Allen (the “Rock ‘n Roll Airshow Man”) are some of the events that stunned audiences this year.
Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)
One of the best air shows in the country is held at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture, held each July. More than 10,000 private pilots start their engines to make their annual voyage to the Oshkosh show. Spectators gather at Wisconsin’s Whitman Regional Airport to celebrate planes and aircraft history. From a basic Piper Cub to an F22 Raptor, the show provides performances of older aircraft as well as the very latest in experimental aircraft.
American Heroes Air Show (Lake View Terrace, California)
The American Heroes Air Show in California takes place in June and offers the unique opportunity to view helicopter performances. As one of the best air shows featuring military, law enforcement, fire and private helicopters, this is a must-see for all aircraft enthusiasts.
Wings Over Houston (Houston, Texas)
October 22-23, 2016 will mark the 32nd annual Wings Over Houston Air Show—one of the best air shows in the country. Complete with Tora Tora Tora (the Pearl Harbor re-enacting team of fliers), the Blue Angels and CAF WWII Warbirds, this show isn’t one to miss. The Tora Tora Tora event is notable this year in particular, as it will be the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Wings Over Houston also offers performances from the Aeroshell Team, Sean D. Tucker, the U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Dolphin MH65D, and a WWII Airpower Demo.
Pearl Harbor Warbirds offers the best Hawai‘i flight adventure tours available. Be immersed in the details of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor and soar above the important sites that played a part in the “Day of Infamy.” Relive history as you retrace the steps of the Army and Navy airmen in the days following the bombing. Fly on some of the same routes the Japanese attackers used into the airfields at Wheeler, Kāne‘ohe and Bellows. There are many air tours in Hawai‘i, but only one warbird airplane flight. Located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i Pearl Harbor Warbirds provides a personal historical experience making it one of the best O‘ahu attractions.
Experience an immersive two-hour adventure that allows you to relive history as a Naval Aviator and fly Pearl Harbor like it was on December 10th, 1941. Learn more about the Admiral’s Warbird Adventure.