Air show gets moved up a month

November 20, 2018

The Fort Wayne Air Show announced Monday it is shifting its schedule to accommodate the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

The air show will be June 8 and 9 at the Air National Guard base on Ferguson Road. The show originally had been scheduled for July 6 and 7.

“We are pleased that we were able to make the change to help the Thunderbirds with their schedule and of course, we are delighted that they will remain our headline performers,” Col. Kyle Noel, executive director of the Fort Wayne Air Show, said in a news release. “In fact, we believe these early June dates will work better for our show and our guests. The earlier dates will occur before many families take off for summer vacations, we avoid conflicts with the 4th of July holiday, and the temperatures are normally much more comfortable in early June than in July.”

The Thunderbirds are an aerobatic team based at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. They performed at the last Fort Wayne Air Show in 2016.

Other performers announced Monday for this year’s show include:

• The U.S. Special Operations Command Para-Commandos parachute team.

• A P-51 Mustang made famous by the Tuskegee Airmen, black pilots who fought in World War II.

• An F-86 Sabre, the fighter jet used by the Air Force during the Korean War.

• Aerobatic pilot Skip Stewart.

Gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Flying performances will be taking place from noon to 4:15 p.m.

General admission is free and premium seating tickets are available while supplies last.

Premium box seats are 125 for ages 16 and up and $75 for ages 5 through 15.

Children 4 and younger are free.

For tickets, go to www.fwairshow.com. 

Corporate partnership opportunities are available through the same website. 

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