Cleveland National Air Show


The Society of Air Racing Historians display

The Society is a group of dedicated air racing enthusiasts whose purpose is to preserve the complete and accurate records of air races, race pilots and race planes.

The National Air Races held in Cleveland from 1929 to 1949, represent one of the most significant aviation events of the 20th century. Cleveland's newly constructed Municipal Airport, the world's largest airport at the time, along with its permanent 50,000-seat bleachers, won the city hosting rights to the event.

The event was a 10-day sensation setting the highest standards with amazing demonstrations, size, duration and attendance. The inauguration ceremonies opened with a downtown parade that rivaled the Rose Bowl Tournament parade, a $3,000,000 display of planes filled Cleveland’s Public Auditorium while aerial aerobatics and fireworks reigned over head. Over 100,000 spectators attended the opening day of the Air Races. The National Air Races captivated the public during the grim years of the Great Depression and provided a showcase for many aviation innovations.

While you are at the Air Show, visit The Society of Air Racing Historians Display to learn more about Cleveland's rich aviation history.

For more history and photos visit the Society of Air Racing Historians' website or National Air Races History.

1929 national Air Races

Over 100,000 spectators attend the opening day of the 1929 Air Races in Cleveland.

Paul Mantz, Amelia Earhart and Doug "Wrong Way" Corrigan attend the 1929 Air Races in Cleveland.

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