Cleveland National Air Show

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Cleveland National Air Show
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The United States Army Parachute Team makes an appearance at the air show.
GenreAir show
DatesLabor Day weekend
VenueBurke Lakefront Airport
Location(s)Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland National Air Show is an annual air show held on Labor Day weekend at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio. It was established in 1964 as an indirect successor to the National Air Races.[1] The show includes stunt airplanes, modern fighters and alternates between the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds every other year. The show typically runs from 9:00 a.m. to around 6:00 p.m. EDT. The show usually starts with smaller acts, and the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds perform last. Another regular attraction is the NASA Glenn Research Center, which usually has an exhibit located near the back of the show. There is usually some type of heritage or legacy flight, sometimes both.[2]


This section is a list of all aircraft that have performed in the Cleveland National Airshow in recent history. Please note that only the acts are listed, not static displays or other ground attractions.[2]



The 2013 Cleveland National Air Show was canceled due to the federal sequester.[3]



The United States Air Force Thunderbirds performed at the 2011 air show.


The Blue Angels' support plane is a Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport, nicknamed Fat Albert.


A CH-46 Sea Knight at the 2009 air show


The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels appeared at the 2008 air show



This A-10 appeared at the 2006 air show.








Sean Tucker flies over North Coast Harbor in 1999

Accidents and incidents related to air show[edit]

  • September 8, 1981: Departing Cleveland after three successful shows, a T-38 Talon from the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, ingested birds shortly after take off. The Thunderbirds Commander/Leader, Lt Col David "DL" Smith ("Thunderbird 1") and his Crew Chief, SSgt Dwight Roberts, both ejected. However, Lt Col Smith's parachute did not open and he died upon impact with the shoreline. SSgt Roberts survived, and was quickly retrieved from Lake Erie.[4]
  • September 6, 2009: A TS-11 Iskra practicing for the air show made a gear up landing. The pilot was unharmed and the aircraft received only light damage to the cowling and left wing.[5]


  1. ^ "Cleveland Air Show". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University. 1997-06-24. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  2. ^ a b Cleveland National Air Show website
  3. ^ "Cleveland National Air Show canceled for 2013 because of federal budget cuts". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. March 25, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
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Coordinates: 41°31′N 81°41′W / 41.517°N 81.683°W / 41.517; -81.683