If you have read a previous blog post from me called "I Love To Fly", then you already know my love for aircraft of all kinds and I have been fortunate to have flown with some of the best pilots in some very classic aircraft. Well, time to buckle up and get ready for one hell of a ride as the Cleveland National Air Show arrives at Burke Lakefront Airport this Labor Day Weekend.
This Labor Day tradition began in 1964 and regularly attracts 60,000 to 100,000 people over the course of the 3 day weekend, making it one of the regions largest events. This year's show will include a variety of military jet demonstrations highlighted by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the F-35A Lightening II and the A-10C Thunderbolt II. You'll also see vintage WWII warbirds including a B-25 Mitchell Bomber and my personal favorite WWII aircraft, the B-17 Flying Fortress.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbird pilots will put their jets through a choreographed performance each day at speeds up to 500 miles per hour. The F-35A Lightening II demonstration will highlight the aircraft's speed, agility and "high G turning."
Cleveland is one of only 15 cities in North America to host these demonstrations and we should take pride in that. There are numerous ways to view the excitement of the Cleveland National Air Show. Right at Burke Lakefront Airport in the middle of the action, plus I have heard of rooftop watch parties in downtown Cleveland, even the Good Time III has special cruises to see the show from Lake Erie. However, no matter where you view the air show, you are in for a day of excitement and a great family experience. It is truly a show not to be missed, so keep your eyes to the sky and have a great Labor Day Weekend.
For a schedule of events and demonstrations, ticket prices and more, click here