Top 10 U.S. Air Shows in 2014

Air shows offer us the opportunity to get a first-hand look at some of the most awe inspiring aircraft on earth. From airplane acrobatics to show-stopping fly overs, aviation enthusiasts have long enjoyed the performances put on at shows around the country. Dozens of aeronautical events are held each year, and in this article we’ll take a look at the top 2014 air shows in the U.S. that you won’t want to miss:

  • Spirit of St. Louis Air Show (St. Louis, Missouri). This event is held in the beginning of May, and features a variety of aerobatic performances and military aircraft demonstrations. Two popular attractions of the show are the Blue Angels exhibition and the Navy’s Leap Frogs parachute team performance.
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  • Great Tennessee Air Show (Smyrna, Tennessee). Held in June, this air show offers an up-close look at planes and aerial team stunt shows. It also boasts a wide range of static attractions and family-friendly activities. A notable attraction at this year’s event is the Blue Angel’s “Fat Albert” aerial display.
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  • Vectren Daytona Air Show (Dayton, Ohio). This locale may be known for it’s race track, but it’s also home to an impressive air show that is held in late June. It offers visitors the chance to view aerial performances, static displays, and a number of military plane demonstrations.
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  • Battle Creek Field of Flight (Battle Creek, Michigan). This is actually a hot air balloon and air show all-in-one, which takes place in early July. Visitors will be able to watch aerobatic displays, the ever-popular balloon launch, and military warbird performances. The event also includes a nighttime air display and fireworks show.
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  • Tacoma Freedom Fair (Tacoma, Washington). Held on Fourth of July weekend, this event features a fireworks show, car show, motorcycle show, and air show all in one place. The festival has been held every year for the past three decades, and one of its most notable highlights is its venue: beautiful Puget Sound. Visitors can sit on the dock and enjoy the aerial displays offered at the show.
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  • Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture (Oshkosh, Wisconsin). If you’re looking for an air show that offers you a first-hand glimpse of experimental aircraft, then you won’t want to miss the EAA Air Show, which is typically held at the end of July. It also happens to be the largest air show in the United States, with more than ten thousand aircraft on display and in the air.
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  • National Championship Air Races (Reno, Nevada). Also known as the Reno Air Race, this even is being held in mid-September. It features seven classes of aircraft, including sport planes and military warbirds. Visitors can also enjoy static displays and aerial performances in between each race.
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  • MCAS Miramar Air Show (San Diego, California). This event, which takes place in early October, holds the distinction of being the largest military air show in the United States. The Blue Angels are the star attraction, but visitors also get the opportunity to see historical planes and civilian aircraft performances.
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  • Memphis Airshow (Millington, Tennessee). This event is going to be held in mid-October, and includes the Blue Angels on its list of performers. The show will also include a performance by Aerodynamix, the world’s largest aerobatic air show team.
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  • Wings Over Houston (Houston, Texas). If you enjoy historic planes, then you’ll definitely want to mark this show on your calendar. It’s held in November, and features WWII aerial reenactments, Korean war plane performances, and modern military aircraft exhibits. A highlight of the event is the Red Tail Squadron.

These upcoming air shows are definitely worth checking out, even if you aren’t an avid aviation enthusiast. With so many attractions and exhibits, you’re bound to discover something that you’ll enjoy at any of the above 2014 air shows.

References:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2013/02/26/10-best-air-shows-around-the-world/1947107
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/aviation/military/the-very-best-2014-air-shows-16430883

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