The Quad City Air Show in Davenport, Iowa will be taking place for the 30th but potentially last time this summer. President of the event Ken Hopper announced today that the show will not return in 2017 as the organization takes time to evaluate its future. The show is scheduled for June 25-26 this year and stars the F-16 Fighting Falcon demonstration team alongside a possible F/A-18 Super Hornet demonstration and other performers.
As today’s press release alludes to, the show has faced increasing obstacles over the last few years. The city and a nearby airport that the show counts on for support have failed to provide it adequately, and the show is not an automatic annual stop for the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds. Many shows cancel when they do not land one of the jet teams. The main runway at the Davenport airport that hosts the show will be closed for construction in 2017, and Hopper says the airshow has been cut out of other critical facilities at the airport.
Hopper’s press release suggests that after the hiatus, the airshow organization may set up shop in a different city where the climate is more friendly. Time will tell if this comes to fruition or if it folds altogether.