Update: Because of government sequestration, both the Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thubderbirds performance teams have been grounded. Check air show websites for updated performers.
There must be something in the air. Actually, there is, all over the state throughout the year. It's Florida air shows, and the big players are making quite a few stops in the Sunshine State in 2013.
Both the Air Force Thunderbirds and the Panhandle-based Navy Blue Angels will grace the skies at four shows each. There are air shows nearly year-round in Florida, with some of the biggest in the spring and late fall.
Both of the U.S. military's precision teams will hit the state the same weekend this year with the Blue Angels in Key West and the Thunderbirds in Titusville on March 23-24.
The Blue Angels then return to MacDill Air Force base in Tampa for the weekend of April 6-7 and don't return until the annual summer stop in Pensacola Beach on July 13. They end up their season with two naval base shows, in Jacksonville on Oct. 26-27 and the season finale at their homebase in Pensacola on Nov. 1-2.
The Thunderbirds are debuting in Florida at the TICO Warbird AirShow in Tampa at Space Coast Regional Airport and follow up as headliners for the Sun n' Fun Fly-In at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on April 13-14 and then returning to the Lauderdale Air Show on April 20-21. The Lauderdale stop is sort of a mulligan for 2012. The Lauderdale Air Show was making its return to the air show mix after several years hiatus, and was unfortunately rained out one of the two days the Thunderbirds were to perform.
The Air Force team then leaves the south for the rest of spring and summer and returns in the fall for one show -- the renamed Cocoa Beach Air and Space Show on Oct. 19-20.
The complete Thunderbirds 2013 schedule can be viewed at afthunderbirds.com/site/current-season.
The complete schedule for the Navy Blue Angels can be viewed at www.blueangels.navy.mil/show
The state features several other air shows during the year. Here's the complete schedule of planned events for 2013:
Jan. 19: American Heroes Airshow, Lee County Sports Complex, Fort Myers: www.heroes-airshow.com
March 23-24: Southernmost Air Spectacular, Naval Air Station, Key West: facebook.com/southernmostairspectacular
March 23-24: Tico Warbird Air Show, Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville: www.nbbd.com/festivals/warbird/index.html
March 23-24: Florida International Air Show, Charlotte County Airport, Punta Gorda: floridaairshow.com/
April 5-7: New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest, New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport, New Smyrna Beach: seasideballoonfest.com/
April 6-7: MacDill Airfest, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa: macdill-airfest.com
April 9-14: Sun'n Fun Fly-In, Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Lakeland: sun-n-fun.org
April 20-21: Lauderdale Air Show 2013, Fort Lauderdale: lauderdaleairshow.com
July 13-14: Pensacola Beach Air Show, Pensacola Beach: visitpensacolabeach.com/what/airshow.php
Oct. 19-20: Cocoa Beach Air and Space Show, Cocoa Beach: cocoabeachairshow.com/
Nov. 1-2: NAS Pensacola Open House -- Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show, Sherman Field, NAS Pensacola: naspairshow.com
TBD, usually in March: Vero Beach Aviation Day, Vero Beach Municipal Airport, Vero Beach: www.eaa99.com/aviationdayverobeach.html
TBD, usually in February, pushed to April possibly because of construction: Valkaria Air Fest, Valkaria: valkariaairfest.org
TBD, normally held in November: Stuart Air Show, Witham Field, Stuart: stuartairshow.com
TBD, normally first or second week in November, Roar N Soar at Fantasy of Flight, Polk City: fantasyofflight.com/roar-n-soar
Canceled for 2013: Wings Over Flagler, Flagler County Airport, Palm Coast: wingsoverflagler.com/
Not planned for 2013: Wings and Waves Air Show, Daytona Beach: wingsandwaves.com/ -->
Expected back in 2013: Wings Over Homestead, Homestead ARB: wingsoverhomestead.comCopyright © 2015, CT Now