The air show calendar for Florida isn't nailed down 100 percent for 2016, as the Air Force Thunderbirds won't announce where they'll be flying until December, but the Navy Blue Angels schedule has been known for almost a year.
The demonstration team whose home base is in Pensacola will have five performances in the Sunshine State in 2016 starting April 2-3 with the Southernmost Air Spectacular at the Key West Naval Air Station and then summer visits to Vero Beach on June 25-26 and Pensacola Beach on July 15-16. They finish up in the fall with the Birthplace of the Blue Angels Air Show at Jacksonville Naval Air Station on Nov. 5-6 and their Homecoming Air Show at Pensacola Naval Air Station on Nov. 11-12.
One other major air show making a return in 2016 is the Lauderdale Air Show on May 7-8. While its headliner has yet to be announced, it will mark the first time the show has flown over Broward County since 2013, having been canceled in 2014 and 2015 because of construction at the airport and along S.R. A1A.
At least four more Florida air shows have dates set as well. The TICO Warbird Airshow at Space Coast Regional Airport from March 11-13 in Titusville. The reimagined Melbourne Air & Space Show, now held at Melbourne International Airport, returns on April 2-3. The annual Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is set for April 5-10. And the Stuart Air Show is set for Nov. 4-6.
Here's what's on tap in 2016.
March 11-13: TICO Warbird Airshow, Titusville (valiantaircommand.com/tico-warbird-airshow)
April 2-3: Blue Angels - Southernmost Air Spectacular, NAS Key West (airshowkeywest.com)
April 2-3: Melbourne Air & Space Show, Melbourne (airandspaceshow.com)
April 22-23: Marvel of Flight Fly-In and Expo, Defuniak Springs (marvelofflight.com)
April 5-10: Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo, Lakeland (sun-n-fun.org/sun-n-fun-intl-fly-in-expo)
May 7-8: Lauderdale Air Show, Fort Lauderdale (lauderdaleairshow.com)
June 25-26: Blue Angels - Vero Beach Air Show (veroairshow.com)
July 15-16: Blue Angels - Pensacola Beach Air Show (visitpensacolabeach.com/events/pensacola-beach-air-show.php)
Nov. 11-12: Blue Angels - Homecoming Air Show, NAS Pensacola (naspensacolaairshow.com)