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Flying High: Aug. 31-Sept. 2
If you’re in Cleveland for Labor Day Weekend 2019, consider this fair warning that you’re entering the Danger Zone.
That’s right, the Cleveland National Air Show, one of the oldest annual air shows in the country, returns to Burke Lakefront Airport in Downtown Cleveland Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2019.
Join more than 100,000 spectators in the shadow of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as you experience the thrilling sights and deafening roar of the best in aviation spectacle.
Not sure what to expect? Don’t worry, we’ve got your six.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Team returns to Cleveland for a showcase that blows away the audience year after year, and we’re not just talking about the sonic booms. The red, white and blue fighter jets perform a choreographed routine of 40 maneuvers at speeds up to 500 mph, including the trademarked Thunderbird six-plane delta formation. Now that’s what I call “high” art. (See what I did there?)
The F-35A houses the most powerful fighter jet engine the Air Force has to offer, capable of pushing the Lightning II into turns at 9G and speeds close to 1,200 mph. If you’ve got a need for speed, this is your jet. The USAF has honored Cleveland by allowing one of the first public F-35A full tactical demonstrations, including flat spins, high-speed passes and vertical climbs.
Enjoy even more aircraft demonstrations, along with a variety of aviation-related exhibits from planes and helicopters that allow you to jump inside the cockpit, to an assortment of drones and model aircraft. Meet some of the pilots and performers like the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, indulge in delicious food or browse a wide selection of souvenirs, toys and other gifts. Boredom doesn’t have a chance in this dogfight.
Looking for somewhere to stay after a long day of aviation adventures? Check out these hotels, no more than a half-mile from North Coast Harbor.
Hilton (Cleveland Downtown)
Aloft (Cleveland Downtown)
Doubletree by Hilton (Cleveland Downtown, Lakeside)
Drury Plaza Hotel Downtown Cleveland
The Westin (Cleveland Downtown)
Festival runs Sept. 12 - 20