Owensboro Air Show announces full lineup, will be ‘biggest’ and ‘most unique’ ever

May 7, 2021 | 10:06 am

Updated May 7, 2021 | 10:06 am

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The full performer lineup for the 2021 Owensboro Air Show, set for Aug. 13-15, was announced Friday morning. In addition to the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Demonstration Team headliner, the show will feature everything from a fighter jets to civilian aircraft as well as a helicopter aerobatic performance.

“This will be the biggest air show we have ever had in Owensboro, and we are excited to showcase an amazing lineup of performers and aircraft to everyone this year,” said Tim Ross, City of Owensboro Public Events Director. 

In addition to their own tactical fighter jet performance, the Blue Angels are bringing large, lumbering transport plane called Fat Albert.

The U.S. Air Force Viper Demo team joining them to showcase the amazing F-16 Fighting Falcon.

The United States Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team will join the Blue Angels to showcase their Lockheed-Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon — is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in more than 30 years of operations including air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack.

The rest of the airshow lineup will feature the University of Southern Utah – Chuck Aaron academy helicopter aerobatics demo; an L-39 jet; the Special Operations Command Parachute Demo Team; a WWI-era Curtiss Jenny bi-plane; the Lucas Oil Air Shows Michael Wiskus; Kevin Coleman and Redline Air Shows; as well as T-6, T-38, and C-17 military aircrafts scheduled to participate.

Also returning to the air show will be a B-25 Mitchell Bomber made famous as the aircraft flown by the Doolittle Raiders in WWII. The B-25 will be flying during air show weekend in addition to offering paid rides throughout the weekend.

The Army Aviation Heritage Sky Soldiers will be bringing their AH-1 Cobra and UH-1 Huey helicopters back to the show this year as well. The Sky Soldiers have been part of the annual air show weekend several times previously, with hundreds of people throughout the weekend taking advantage of the unique opportunity to ride on one of these iconic military helicopters. 

“I am excited about the lineup each year,” Ross said. “This year is by far the most unique one to date with a great combination of the most famous military jet team in the world, an Air Force fighter jet demo, and incredible aerobatics including a helicopter demonstration that will blow your mind. It will be a great show for the aviation enthusiast as well as casual fans to see a great display of different types of aircraft.”

Air Show activities will be Aug. 13 at the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport, and August 14-15 in downtown Owensboro.  

For more information and to see a list of performers confirmed to date, visit owensboroairshow.com. The Air Show is free to attend.

May 7, 2021 | 10:06 am

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