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.
Cleveland will host the U.S. Navy Blue Angels as headliners of the 2018 Cleveland National Air Show presented by Discount Drug Mart on Labor Day weekend (Sept. 1, 2 & 3) at Burke Lakefront Airport. Cleveland is among 31 select U.S. cities chosen to host the U.S. Navy Blue Angels in 2018.
The six “Blues” demonstration pilots will thrill Air Show fans with a one hour choreographed presentation that includes the graceful aerobatics of the four plane Diamond Formation and exciting high energy opposing solo maneuvers by the two solo pilots.
Two members of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels were in Cleveland Tuesday, November 21, in preparation for the 2018 Air Show. Blue Angel #7 LT Andre Webb and Blue Angel #8 LT Dave Steppe made their advance visit to meet with the air show officials and supporting organizations.
Cleveland National Air Show Awarded for Excellence
The Cleveland National Air Show received the coveted 2014 Blue Angels Air Show of the Year Award at the annual International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) convention on December 9th in Las Vegas. The Cleveland National Air Show was considered the best of the 35 Blue Angels performance locations in 2014.
The ICAS Convention is the single largest gathering of air show professionals in the world and the awards given at the convention represent the most prestigious in the air show industry.
Long Time Cleveland Air Show Director Inducted
The International Council of Air Shows inducted Chuck Newcomb, into the Air Show Hall of Fame class of 2014 on December 11th in Las Vegas. Chuck has served as the Executive Director of the Cleveland National Air Show for forty years and distinguished himself as among the very best air show event organizers in the world. Chuck joins more than 50 air show legends including Bob Hoover. To watch the induction video click here.