The 2020 airshow at Langley AFB (formally known as Joint Base Langley-Eustis) in Virginia has officially been canceled. The Air Power over Hampton Roads show was scheduled to take place on May 16-17 and feature the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, which is based at Langley, as the headliner.
Organizers cited the lack of aerial demonstration teams like the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds as a reason for canceling the show. High operational tempo and scheduling conflicts are also mentioned in the press release. The Thunderbirds will be performing at Shaw AFB in South Carolina that weekend and the Blue Angels will be at McGuire AFB in New Jersey; a busy weekend for the East Coast.
This news is not shocking as the F-22 Demo Team recently modified their schedule to remove the show and put only a “closed event” in its place. We speculate that this is likely an F-22 performance which will only be open to those with base access.
Organizers state that the airshow will return in 2022.
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Here’s the full text of the press release:
The Air Power over Hampton Roads Air Show anticipated for May 2020 is now scheduled for the summer of 2022.
Historically, JBLE has been the proud hosts of bi-annual air shows for the community. However, due to the installation’s current high operational tempo, scheduling conflicts and a lack of available aerial demonstration teams, the 1st Fighter Wing and 633rd Air Base Wing senior leadership determined it was in the best interest of both Langley and our community partners to postpone the show.
“We look forward to hosting a great event which truly reflects the world’s greatest Air Force and the hard working members of Team JBLE in the summer of 2022,” said Col. Clint Ross, JBLE installation commander. “This was not an easy decision for us to make, nor was it made lightly. But after considering all options and available resources, we felt it was the right thing to do.”
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