6 Biggest Flight Events in the World
Miramar Air Show – Blue Angels Squadron
1. Miramar Air Show – San Diego, California
With an annual attendance of 700,000 people, this iconic air show is the largest in the United States. The three-day event, named the “World’s Best Military Air Show” in 2007, features performances by both military and civilian aircraft, ending day with a grand finale from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. And on the last night, the air show detonates the “Great Wall of Fire” along with their fireworks show!
2. Royal International Air Tattoo – Gloucestershire, England
As the largest military aviation show in the world, the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) has been dubbed the “World’s Greatest Airshow”. In recognition of its status, the show was granted the title of “Royal International Air Tattoo” by the Queen in 1996, and now attracts 160,000 spectators annually. Visitors witness thrilling high-flying demonstrations along with historical aircraft displays and on-ground entertainment.
3. Abbotsford Airshow – Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
As the largest annual air show in Canada, this award-winning event provides spectators with an inside look at aviation, an exciting view of fast-moving jets and a chance to meet some aviation legends. Appearances by the Blue Angels, the parachuting SkyHawks team, Canadian Snowbirds and the Thunderbirds, make the Abbotsford Airshow a must-see for aviation lovers.
4. Oceana Air Show – Virginia Beach, Virginia
Hosted by the Naval Air Station Oceana, this annual air show in Virginia Beach attracts more than 280,000 visitors from all over the world. This three-day event features flight demonstrations, parachute shows, aircraft displays and fireworks, but it’s not just for flight enthusiasts. Making this show particularly unique, a recent partnership with the Virginia Beach City Public School System led to the creation of an “Outdoor STEM Laboratory”, featuring displays that highlight career fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
5. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh — Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Wisconsin’s finest tribute to the art of aviation has become one of the most top-rated destinations for aeronautics enthusiasts. Their air shows take place in July every year and includes a vast amount of attractions to see. Their on-site museum, aircraft displays, and a Kid-Venture center for youth involvement, has made the EAA Air Show one of the best in the industry. To add even more to the fun, the show exhibits precision aerobatics, unique flying shows, and appearances by some of the best aviation crews in the world.
6. Sun N’ Fun — Lakeland, Florida
Great aviation isn’t hard to come by in the Sunshine State, and Florida’s own Sun N’ Fun has become one of the leading air shows in the country. This annual air show held in Lakeland, Florida, holds an upstanding reputation of more than 40 years. The event showcases vintage aircraft, the aviation industries various businesses and exhibits that provide an educational experience for all. Many solo pilots fly in for the event, along with military personnel’s special aviation stunt teams. This family-friendly festival provides fun for all ages!
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