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History Touches Down at 2019 Air Show

B-25D Mitchell Bomber & B-17 Flying Fortress


History will come alive at the 2019 Air Show with the additions of two World War II aircraft.

Air Show fans will take a sentimental journey when a B-25D Mitchell Bomber “Yankee Warrior” takes to the skies. The B-25 has a distinctive shape with a low rumbling engine and is a living, flying embodiment of the Greatest Generation’s winning spirit. The B-25 Mitchell was one of the most significant aircraft in World War II. Air Show fans inside the gates will also get to see this aircraft up close on static display. Click here to learn more.

Also featured inside the Air Show grounds will be a unique WWII B-17G Flying Fortress "Yankee Lady" Aircraft Exhibit. This aircraft is one of only five B-17s seen in the epic movie Tora! Tora! Tora! Air Show fans will be able to tour the vintage aircraft plus meet the pilots and crew. Click here to learn more.

Bring on the Vapor!

U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet Added to Line-Up

Are you ready for some serious vapor, Cleveland? The F/A-18F Super Hornet will take off from Burke Lakefront Airport and scream down the runway. Fans inside the gates will witness this incredible demonstration up-close highlighting the mobility, versatility, and power of the F/A-18F. From the high “G” minimum radius turn to the slow speed “high-alpha” pass, the demonstration puts the Super Hornet (nicknamed the “Rhino”) through its paces. Click here to learn more.

Join the Air Show Team!

Help make something amazing happen!

Would you like to be a part of the Air Show team? Resumes are being accepted for a seasonal Ticketing Manager position. Perfect for sports management/event professionals who are interested in a seasonal opportunity. The position can also be utilized as an internship for college students or recent grads interested in building their resumes. For more information, click here.

F-35 FULL Tac Demo Added to Lineup!

U.S. Air Force F-35 Tactical Demonstration to be Featured for the First Time in Cleveland National Air Show History

Cleveland fans…get ready to witness a historical and mind blowing demonstration by the U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II.

The F-35A is the U.S. Air Force’s latest fifth-generation fighter with the world’s most powerful fighter jet engine producing 43,000 pounds of thrust, capable of pushing the F-35A into stomach-jolting 9 G turns at speeds approaching 1,200 mph. This never before seen demonstration will include controlled flat spins as well as high-speed passes and vertical climbs.

2019 marks the first year of the F-35A full tactical demonstration and Cleveland is one of only 15 cities to host this incredible demonstration. To learn more and see a sneak peek at the demo click here.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to Headline 2019 Air Show

Cleveland will host the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as headliners of the 2019 Cleveland National Air Show presented by Discount Drug Mart.

Each show day, the six select Thunderbird demonstration pilots will put their distinct red, white and blue F-16 Falcon jet fighters through a choreographed hour-long performance at speeds up to 500 mph and as close as three feet from each other. The demonstration features 40 maneuvers including the trademarked Thunderbird six-plane delta formation, high bomb burst and solo knife-edge pass.

The Thunderbirds are the U.S. Air Force “Ambassadors in Blue” and composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and 100 enlisted personnel performing more than 30 Air Force specialties. The Thunderbirds represent the United States at approximately thirty-five sites each year. To view the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds home page click here.

Executive Director Receives Women in Air Shows Award

Kim Dell, Executive Director of the Cleveland National Air Show, was recognized at the International Council of Air Shows annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada as the first recipient of the Women in Air Shows Award. The Air Show Network (ASN) launched a monthly award to recognize women who advance the air show business as a professional career path for women. To celebrate each awardee, ASN will donate $1,000 in her name to the Bob Hoover Academy, founded by Sean D. Tucker. This scholarship will then sponsor a deserving young woman to learn how to fly.  For more information, click here.

Grunt Style Air Show Majors Expand Tour in 2019

Thunder Over Michigan and Reno National Championship Air Races join Cleveland as expansion shows

Grunt Style Air Show Majors, the air show industry’s premier tour showcasing a collection of America’s most prestigious air shows, announced the addition of Thunder Over Michigan and Reno National Championship Air Races beginning in 2019.

Created by Red Frog Events in 2018 as the industry’s first unifying brand platform, the mission of Grunt Style Air Show Majors is to celebrate aviation, honor the military, and increase mainstream awareness of aviation events in the air show industry. Thunder Over Michigan and Reno National Championship Air Races join SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, the Bethpage Air Show, the Cleveland National Air Show, and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wings Over Houston Airshow.

By becoming an official tour stop, these aviation events and air shows receive national promotion through a variety of marketing efforts, visibility for their air show 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, visit the Air Show Majors Tour website.