Air shows in the United States number more than 300 a year and attract between 12-15 million air show enthusiasts, hobby aircraft mechanics and pilots, and spectators. Air show season in the United States runs from March through November. Here’s why you may want to join the crowd at an air show near you.

  • They’re close by. Finding an air show within 50 miles of one’s home is better than likely for upwards of 85-percent of the nation’s population.
  • They’re affordable. Many are free if you wish to simply park and watch the jets and planes fly by.
  • They’re inspiring. As many as 40-percent of attendees express interests in learning to fly after attending an air show.
  • They’re safe. U.S. air shows are known for their focus on the safety of both spectators and the participants.


As the summer months are just around the corner, it’s moving into prime time for air show season across the country. Here are some of the top shows coming up in the months ahead.


  • Great Tennessee Air Show: Smyrna Tennessee, June 2018. This air show is recognized as one of the best. In addition to flyovers by the US Navy Blue Angels, a Kid Zone allows attendees to get up close and personal with aircraft.


  • Vectren Dayton Air Show: Dayton Ohio, July 2018. The birthplace of the Wright Brothers, Dayton plays host to this air show in “the birthplace of aviation.”


  • Geneseo Air Show: Geneseo New York, July 2018. If you like World War II era airplanes, then this is an air show well worth attending. You can get up close and personal with vintage airplanes and their pilots.


  • EAA AirVenture: Oshkosh Wisconsin, August 2018. If you like big air shows, this is the biggest, with over 10,000 aircraft of every size and shape from all around the world. Air show devotees can attend the over 500 seminars, workshops and forums.


  • Chicago Air & Water Show: Chicago Illinois, August 2018. This air show is known as the largest spectator event over a two-day period in the country. The air show features the US Air Force Thunderbirds.


As you can see, air shows are located all across the country, and the chances of finding one within a reasonable proximity to your home is high. If you are looking for an air show near you, here’s an excellent reference site. This year, join in the exhilaration and pride experienced by so many of your fellow citizens by attending an air show near you.