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Battle Creek Field of Flight named Best Air Show

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From late spring through mid-autumn, skies across the United States play host to some of summer's highest octane events: air shows. Attending one of these 10 American air shows, a selection of the best in the nation, lets aviation enthusiasts get up close to a variety of flying machines while watching stunt teams and pilots show off their skills high in the sky. And you don't have to be an enthusiast to have a good time either. 

  • Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show
    Battle Creek, Mich.

    This mid-summer event in Michigan is an air show and balloon festival rolled into one – the largest Fourth of July air show in the country. For five days, spectators enjoy air shows of military and civilian aircraft, a twilight and night air show (among the largest in the world), fireworks, concerts, and hot air balloon launches.
    Photo courtesy of Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival

  • New York International Air Show
    New Windsor, N.Y.

    This late summer event at New York Stewart International Airport features two days of aviation, including performances by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Royal Air Force Red Arrows. The 2019 event will also include the Northeast U.S. debut of the F-35 Lightning II Demo Team.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Andrew_Howe

  • Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
    Fort Worth

    Featured performers at the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show each October often include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Wings of Blue Parachute Team, numerous stunt pilots and the fan favorite Shockwave Jet Truck, the world's fastest jet-powered semi.
    Photo courtesy of Glenn Watson/Mach Point One Aviation Photography

  • Canadian International Air Show
    Toronto

    This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Canadian International Airshow in Toronto, and the event is celebrating with a lineup of aircraft from across Canada, the United States and Britain. The Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, is slated to headline, along with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
    Photo courtesy of Canadian International Air Show

  • Abbotsford International Airshow
    Abbotsford, B.C.

    This August air show, one of Canada’s biggest, was founded by the Abbotsford Flying Club in 1962 and has been entertaining summer crowds ever since. Both the Canadian Snowbirds and United States Air Force Thunderbirds typically headline a roster of both military and civilian aircraft.
    Photo courtesy of Charlie Sun | Abbotsford International Airshow

  • National Championship Air Races
    Reno

    While the annual National Championship Air Races in Reno every September has its fair share of airplane acrobatics, the real reason pilots come back year after year is for the racing. Six classes of aircraft go head to head on 3- to 8-mile race courses in the sky.
    Photo courtesy of Jeff Loewe / National Championship Air Races

  • Thunder Over Michigan Air Show
    Ypsilanti, Mich.

    The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Team Oracle headline at this annual August event. Visitors can get up close with numerous vintage and modern planes or even hop in the seat of a Waco Biplane, B-25 Yankee Warrior or B-17 Yankee Lady for a flight.
    Photo courtesy of Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

  • Planes of Fame Air Show
    Chino, Calif.

    The Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, Calif. is the setting for the annual Planes of Fame Air Show each May. This show, popular with aviation and history buffs alike, features some 50 vintage and historic aircraft in the sunny California skies.
    Photo courtesy of Planes of Fame Air Show

  • The Great Pacific Airshow
    Huntington Beach, Calif.

    During this October event in Huntington Beach, the Royal Air Force Red Arrows make their Southern California debut, joined by aerial performers like Red Bull Air Force, Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the SOCOM Para-Commandos, the only joint service parachute demonstration team in the U.S. military.
    Photo courtesy of The Great Pacific Airshow

  • SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo
    Lakeland, Fla.

    Florida's Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, an early-season event, invites solo pilots, military stunt teams and aviation exhibitors to Lakeland, Fla. for plenty of family fun. Enthusiasts who've ever wanted to go up in one of these more eclectic aircraft will have plenty of opportunity at this show.
    Photo courtesy of SUN 'n FUN Fly-In Inc.

The top 10 winners in the category Air Show are as follows:

  1. Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show - Battle Creek, Mich.
  2. New York International Air Show - New Windsor, N.Y.
  3. Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show - Fort Worth
  4. Canadian International Air Show - Toronto
  5. Abbotsford International Airshow - Abbotsford, B.C.
  6. National Championship Air Races - Reno
  7. Thunder Over Michigan Air Show - Ypsilanti, Mich.
  8. Planes of Fame Air Show - Chino, Calif.
  9. The Great Pacific Airshow - Huntington Beach, Calif.
  10. SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo - Lakeland, Fla.
 A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning air shows!

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