Air Show fans will witness a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II take off from Burke Lakefront Airport and perform a fly-by with pyrotechnics. This aircraft will also appear on static display inside the Air Show grounds.
Affectionately called the “Warthog” for its aggressive look and often painted with teeth on the nose, the A-10 is the U.S. Air Force’s primary low-altitude close air support aircraft. This aircraft is best known for its fearsome GAU-8 Avenger 30mm Gatling gun mounted on the nose. For more information, click here.
This massive aircraft will take off from Burke Lakefront Airport and demonstrate its unique capabilities including a low level tactical approach, short field landing, and reverse taxi. Plus, fans inside the gates will have the rare opportunity to witness a Special Forces combat off-load…right in front of the crowd! Using its large loading ramp and door, trained Airmen will exit the back of the aircraft and secure the perimeter around the C-130.
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Go inside the planes, meet the pilots, and explore aviation first hand!
The Cleveland National Air Show is an aviation theme park with unique display aircraft which includes military, vintage, and commercial planes. The display aircraft list for the 2018 Cleveland National Air Show is now available here. Updates are made weekly, so please check back often for updates.
The Cleveland National Air Show and Discount Drug Mart, in partnership with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), will provide the opportunity of a lifetime for a lucky child. The EAA Young Eagles Flight Essay Contest will award one child a Young Eagles Flight with aerobatic legend Sean D. Tucker.
Entrants must be between the ages of 11 and 17 years of age, and must compose an essay between 100 and 300 words based on one of the following themes: “What I imagine my first airplane ride will be like” or “What this flight will mean to me.” The winner will receive one Young Eagles Flight with Sean D. Tucker on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in an aircraft at Burke Lakefront Airport, as well as four VIP tickets and one parking pass to the Saturday, September 1, 2018 Cleveland National Air Show. All entries must be received on or before 12:00 p.m. on Monday, August 6, 2018. The winner will be selected from all qualified entries by a Discount Drug Mart/Cleveland National Air Show essay review team and will be notified on or after August 7th. To submit an entry, and for complete contest rules/regulations, please visit www.discount-drugmart.com/young-eagles-contest.
Everyone loves coming to the Air Show and snapping pictures of everything to see on the ground and in the sky! Now is your chance to show us how much fun you have and enter for a chance to win 2 VIP tickets to the 2018 Cleveland National Air Show presented by Discount Drug Mart.
- Post your favorite Air Show photo to your Facebook or Instagram page using the hashtag #CNASPhotoContest2018. The photo can be from any Cleveland Air Show, any year, and of any aspect of the Air Show on the ground or in the sky.
- Get creative: Share your post with your friends or write a memorable caption in order to receive the most “likes” on your photo.
- The winner will be chosen on July 12 by 10:00 a.m. (EST) and notified by Facebook or Instagram private message. The lucky submitter will win 2 VIP tickets to the Monday, September 3, 2018 Cleveland National Air Show.
Rules and Regulations:
- All photos submitted to the 2018 CNAS Photo Contest become property of CNAS.
- Photos must be in .jpeg format.
- Winner must “like” the CNAS Facebook or Instagram page.
- All photos become property of CNAS. CNAS will credit photo on Facebook/Instagram photo gallery but reserves the right to use photos on the website and other promotional and marketing materials as CNAS determines. CNAS does not provide photo credit except on the Facebook/Instagram gallery. (Such use is limited to promotional and marketing materials and does NOT include merchandise or any item to be sold.)
- CNAS reserves the right to remove or report any photo submitted to the contest.
- CNAS is not obligated to post any photo. CNAS is not obligated to have a photo posted for any length of time.
- CNAS is not responsible for any use of misuse of photos resulting from the photo being posted with the #CNASPhotoContest2018 hashtag or on CNAS’ Facebook/Instagram page.
- CNAS is not responsible for validating the origin of photos submitted to CNAS.
- The 2018 CNAS Photo Contest is not affiliated with Facebook or Instagram.
Last Cleveland Solo Appearance in Oracle Challenger III
The 2018 Air Show season marks Sean D. Tucker’s last as a solo performer and Cleveland is a stop on this historical tour.
Sean D. Tucker is one of the world’s premier aerobatic pilots and a living legend. He has been flying airshows world-wide since the mid-70’s and performed in front of more than 80 million fans. Sean’s airplane, the one-of-a-kind Oracle Challenger III bi-plane, is a highly modified fire-breathing monster with over 400 horsepower, weighs just over 1200 pounds and responds to the slightest pressure on the control stick even at 300 mph. His performance includes feats that are truly death-defying and include flying backwards, straight down and tail first at more than 100 mph. More than half of Sean’s maneuvers are original and have never been duplicated by another aerobatic pilot.
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Veteran of D-Day Allied Invasion
A historic Douglas C-47 Skytrain troop transport aircraft will make a special appearance at the 2018 Air Show. The restored plane, “Placid Lassie,” participated in the D-Day invasion of Europe, operation Market Garden in Holland, supplied Patton’s 3rd Army and dropped desperately needed supplies to troops in the Battle of Bulge…plus was hit by enemy fire! Ground tours will provide Air Show attendees with a close-up look at this authentic aircraft from a momentous event in history.
“Placid Lassie” was delivered to the United States Army Air Corps in early 1943, assigned to the 74th squadron of the 434th Troop Carrying Group in England to prepare for D-Day. The C-47s, also known as Dakotas, towed massive cargo gliders and dropped more than 24,000 paratroopers on the morning of June 6, 1944 (D-Day). Lassie and her crew flew several missions on that fateful morning, first towing gliders and later carrying paratroopers.
“Placid Lassie” is in her original WWII paint scheme and proudly displays the name her crew gave her, along with her left engine “Idling Ada”, after the Crew Chief’s wife and the right engine “Eager Eileen”, after the Radio Operator’s wife. The 74th Troop Carrier Squadron marking was “ID” and her radio call sign was “N”.
Get Ready to Rumble!
The 2018 Cleveland National Air Show presented by Discount Drug Mart will feature the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Tactical Demonstration and will take place Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1, 2 & 3) at Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland.
The U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team from Shaw AFB, South Carolina, will perform precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities by one of the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighters, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. With its lightweight airframe and powerful General Electric engine generating 31,000 pounds of thrust, the F-16 can fly at speeds in excess of Mach 2. This incredible demo is returning to the Cleveland skies for the first time since 2008.
Air Show fans will also witness a rare commemorative Heritage Flight when the F-16 Fighting Falcon and WWII P-51 Mustang “Bald Eagle” join in the skies over Cleveland. The Air Force Heritage Flight program presents the evolution of the U.S. Air Force’s air power by flying today’s state-of-the-art fighters in close formation with vintage fighter aircraft.
The Cleveland National Air Show presented by Discount Drug Mart has been named one of four participating air shows featured in the inaugural 2018 Grunt Style Air Show Majors tour. The tour showcases a collection of America’s most prestigious air shows including: SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Florida, the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, Cleveland National Air Show, and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wings Over Houston Airshow.
The mission of the Grunt Style Air Show Majors is to celebrate aviation, honor the military, and increase mainstream awareness of the air show industry. By becoming an official show stop on the tour, the Cleveland National Air Show will receive national promotion through a variety of marketing efforts, visibility for the event at the other participating air shows, and additional mainstream recognition and benefits through partnering with tour creators, Red Frog Events, and title partner, Grunt Style.
For more information, and to enter to win a trip for two to a participating air show, please visit the Air Show Majors tour website.