USAF Thunderbirds Cancel Appearance At Wings Over Columbus 2018

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USAF Thunderbirds F-16 Fighting Falcon

The USAF Thunderbirds have canceled their planned appearance at the 2018 Wings Over Columbus airshow at Columbus AFB in Mississippi. The move was announced in a video update by Thunderbird #1 following the death of Thunderbird #4, Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, in a crash during practice last week. The team had previously announced they were skipping their performances at the March ARB airshow this past weekend as well as Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, FL next weekend.

It is important to note that while the Thunderbird performances have been canceled, the airshows themselves will be held as originally scheduled. The Air Force’s Air Combat Command has been working to add single-ship demonstrations to affected shows; Sun ‘n Fun recently announced that the F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team (Viper Demo) will perform there to fill in for the Thunderbirds.

We have updated our 2018 USAF Thunderbirds schedule to reflect the confirmed cancellations, but we expect more appearances to be canceled as part of a safety stand down after the accident. Stay tuned to AirshowStuff for future updates.

Gary South Shore Airshow Canceled For 2017

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The 2017 Gary airshow has been canceled by the city after failing to attract a major corporate sponsor. The event has faced similar trouble in recent years, and has been canceled several times since 2000. The headlining USAF Thunderbirds needed a go/no go decision by Monday the 15th, so Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson pulled the plug on Friday afternoon. The July 8-9 weekend will now be open on the team’s 2017 airshow schedule for another airshow to arrange an appearance.

[Updated] Waterloo Airshow Canceled Indefinitely

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B-17 Flying Fortress - Waterloo Airshow

Update: The Waterloo Airshow Facebook page has posted a statement from airshow producers David White and Richard Cooper:

“Volunteers were informed last night there just hasn’t been enough support for the event in the region. Financially we could not make the event self sustaining and after investing heavily in it for 4 years we could not justify continuing accepting the losses. Just not enough people paying to see the show, not enough sponsors.”

Original Post: We are sad to report that 2015 has lost another airshow, this time in Waterloo, Ontario (not to be confused with the show in Waterloo, Iowa). In an announcement made on the Waterloo Airshow Facebook page, the organization said that the show has been canceled indefinitely. No specific reason was given, but the show suffered from some bad weather in recent years and had to end early last year due to approaching thunderstorms.

The 2015 show was scheduled for June 27-28, and was to be headlined by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and CF-18 Hornet demo team. There is no word yet on what other show(s) may fill that spot in the team’s schedules. Cameron, MO, Mankato, MN, and Evansville, IN are all being held that same weekend but Mankato already has the Thunderbirds and Evansville already has the Blue Angels. There is a possibility that another show could jump dates, but with so little time between now and then that seems unlikely.

Several of us have attended the Waterloo Airshow in the past, and found it to be a fantastic event with some great people. We are sad to see it go and hope it can return someday soon.

Wings Over Waukesha Cancels 2015 Show, Hopes to Return

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Wings Over Waukesha Airshow

The Wings Over Waukesha airshow in Waukesha, WI has canceled plans for a 2015 show, but hopes to return in 2016. In a post on the airshow’s Facebook page, the organization said that the cancellation is due to both runway construction work and lacking financial support. The show has always been a small but intimate affair, primarily featuring well known aerobatic acts and local warbirds. It is the closest on-airport show to Milwaukee, which hosts its own show on the shore of Lake Michigan each year. We are sad to see it go for this year, but hope it comes back strong in 2016!