March ARB in Riverside, CA has postponed their 2020 March Field Air and Space Expo airshow indefinitely due to concerns around COVID-19/coronavirus. The show was scheduled to take place on March 28th and 29th, and feature the US Air Force Thunderbirds as well as the A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team.
This is the first airshow cancellation in the US due to coronavirus. Many public gatherings and events around the country are being postponed or canceled entirely in efforts to slow the spread of the virus and reduce the burden on hospital services. Many schools are canceling classes and sporting events like the NCAA tournament will be played without any fans in attendance.
Airshow fans have been dreading news like this as it seems inevitable that more shows will cancel now that the dam has broken. Military base shows seem particularly vulnerable as they must maintain readiness for their primary defense mission. Keep a close eye on our forums for the latest show updates; we have already been discussing the topic of coronavirus cancellations.
Although organizers say that the show will be rescheduled, it is not clear that the Thunderbirds or the A-10 team will be able to accomodate a new weekend into their busy schedules unless further show cancellations lead to openings. It is usually impossible to reschedule a show without major lineup changes.
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Here is the full post from the base:
After several meetings and conversations with local civilian and military health officials, we have decided to postpone the 2020 March Field Air and Space Expo due to COVID-19 concerns. Reschedule date to be determined. We are doing everything we can in conjunction with Riverside County health officials to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Department of the Air Force personnel and their families live, work and attend school in this community and we are committed to doing our part to limit the spread of the virus.
One of the Air Force primary concerns is preserving the ability of our servicemen and women to provide national defense and carry out our worldwide military missions. Force health protection is our top priority, and we will continue to ensure that Department of the Air Force personnel have the most up-to-date information on appropriate measures to prevent potential spread of the virus. We have contingency plans in place and are taking steps to educate and safeguard our military and civilian personnel, family members and base communities in preventing wide spread outbreak. We continue to work closely with our interagency partners to strengthen global detection and response to COVID-19.