List of air shows

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This is a list of airshows throughout the world.

Major air shows[edit]

RAF Red Arrows, RAF Waddington Airshow 2013
  • The Paris Air Show (Le Bourget Air Show) in France, the world's oldest and largest. Established in 1909 and Attracting approximately 400 000 visitors, it's held in June on odd-numbered years, alternating with the British Farnborough Airshow held in July on even-numbered years.
  • The Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung (ILA) (Berlin Air Show) is a large air and aerospace trade show, which, established in 1909, claims (along with Paris) to be the world's oldest.
  • The world's largest military air show is the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, United Kingdom. The RIAT gathers military aircraft and military display teams from all over the world.
  • MAKS is an International Air Show held near Moscow, Russia on Zhukovskiy LII air field. The first show, Mosaeroshow-92, was held in 1992. Since 1993, it was renamed to its current name and is held on odd years.
  • The Royal Air Forces largest Airshow is held Annually at RAF Waddington RAF Waddington, United Kingdom known as the RAF Waddington International Airshow. The airshow features participants from across the World and showcases the work of the RAF Royal Air Force and its allies.
  • Europe's largest free annual airshow is the Bournemouth Air Festival held on the Bournemouth seafront. It takes place over the course of four days each August and attracted around 1,300,000 spectators last year.
A Douglas C-54 Skymaster, called Spirit of Freedom, currently operated as a flying museum regarding the Berlin Airlift, at a Lancaster, Ohio air show.

More airshows[edit]

B-25 Mitchell and B-17, Shoreham Airshow 2013

Historical air shows[edit]

  • 1909: The "Internationale Luftschiffahrt-Ausstellung" was first held in Frankfurt am Main, Germany from July 10 to October 17, 1909, later becoming the Internationale Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung(ILA) and as such can lay claim to being the oldest aviation show in the world.
  • 1909: Grande Semaine d'Aviation de la Champagne at Reims in France in August 1909. Attended by most of the important aviators of the time, including Glenn Curtiss, who won the Gordon Bennett Trophy competition. This show inspired John Moisant.
  • 1910: Los Angeles International Air Meet at Dominguez Field from January 10 to January 20, 1910. Participants included Glenn Curtiss, Charles Hamilton, Lincoln Beachey and Louis Paulhan. The Los Angeles Times called it "one of the greatest public events in the history of the West."
  • 1910: Harvard-Boston Aero Meet at the Harvard Aviation Field in Atlantic, Massachusetts, from September 3 to September 13, 1910. It was the first major air event in the Eastern United States and offered $90,000 in prizes and appearance fees. Participants included the Wright brothers, the Glenn Curtiss exhibition teams and Claude Grahame-White. This show inspired Harriet Quimby to become the first female pilot in the United States.
  • 1910: Belmont International Aviation Tournament offered approximately $75,000 in prize money. Participants included Count Jacques de Lesseps, Roland Garros, Claude Grahame-White, Glenn Curtiss, John Moisant, Arch Hoxsey, Ralph Johnstone and Charles Hamilton.
  • 1925–1931: Ford National Reliability Air Tour offered the Edsel B. Ford Trophy; it was inscribed, "This trophy is offered to encourage the up-building of commercial aviation as a medium of transportation."
  • 1945-1950: The "Thrasher Brothers Aerial Circus" Featuring the Twin Ercoupe and the "World's Smallest Airport", was born after World War II when the oldest brother, Grady Thrasher, purchased some surplus planes — Piper Cubs, a Stearman biplane and two Ercoupes — from the U.S. Army for $200 to $500 each and a new 1946 Ford car. The three brothers performed aerial stunts, including one in which Bud Thrasher stood on top of the plane as it coursed the skies. Their most popular stunt was landing a plane on a wooden platform on top of a moving car, then taking off again.
  • 1977: Golden Wings Over Richmond (October 15-16, 1977), Richmond, Virginia, U.S. - This mega air event commemorated the 50th anniversary (1927-1977) of both Charles Lindbergh's historical flight from New York to Paris and of Richmond International Airport (then known as Byrd International Airport). Festivities included a World War I dogfighting reenactment, a chronological fly-in of various historical aircraft from the 1900s up to the present day, performances of top aerobatic acts of the day; and a flight demonstration of the Concorde, which marks the aircraft's only visit to Richmond. A severe thunderstorm shortened the October 16th show.

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