The 2013 Air Show schedule is looking pretty dismal these days. Due to budget cuts known as sequestration, several military flying demonstration teams have had to cancel their showing on the air show circuit. These acts typically anchor an air show or comprise a large part of one – and their absence is driving several air shows to keep the gates closed this year.
I’ve had a difficult time finding a comprehensive list of air show cancellations this year, so I made up a list from several different Internet sources. The list below details the air shows that have been cancelled for April and May. I will provide updates on the rest of the season as we get into May as some of the air shows may actually end up happening. So, if you see the name of your hometown air show on this list, my condolences.
6-7 April: MacDill Air Fest – MacDill AFB, FL
13-14 April: South Texas Shoot-Out – Corpus Cristi, TX
27-28 April: MCAS Beaufort Air Show – MCAS Beaufort, SC
27-28 April: Maxwell AFB Air Show – Maxwell AFB, AL
3-5 May: Air Power over Hampton Roads – Langley AFB (JB Langley-Eustis) VA
4-5 May: Barksdale Air Show – Barksdale AFB, LA
4-5 May: Thunder Over the Blue Ridge – Martinsburg, WV
11-12 May: Hawkins Field Air Show – Jackon, MS
18-19 May: Wings Over Wayne County – Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
18-19 May: Fairchild AFB Air Show – Fairchild AFB, WA
25-26 May: Lynchburg Regional Air Show – Lynchburg, VA
25-27 May: Southern Wisconsin AIRFEST – Janesville, WI
On the positive side, there are still several air shows pressing forward without military demos. Here are the two websites that have the most comprehensive schedule of air shows. If you don’t find yours on the list, check the other. Good luck getting to the show!