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Best Air Show (2021)

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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 air shows, a selection of the best in North America, 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. 

  • Airshow London

    Airshow London
    London, Ontario

    Airshow London in London, Ontario, Canada is an event advertised as "Canada's Original Drive-In Air Show." Guests experience the "Sky Drive" from the comfort of their cars and view an aerial show that features multiple performers, including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet. Three different parking admission "zones" are offered, including one on the taxiway with up-close nearness to the runway for amazing views of the performers. 
    Photo courtesy of Getty Images / U.Ozel.Images

  • Pacific Airshow

    Pacific Airshow
    Huntington Beach, Calif.

    The Pacific Airshow is a three-day event held in Huntington Beach, California. It is considered one of the largest airshows in the U.S. and provides a "unique over-the-water airshow experience" with nationally known performers such as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey Demo Team. 
    Photo courtesy of The Great Pacific Airshow

  • STIHL National Championship Air Races

    STIHL 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 Lynn Starnes / National Championship Air Races

  • Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's World War II Weekend

    Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's World War II Weekend
    Reading, Penn.

    Reading Regional Airport plays host to one of the best air shows for WWII buffs: the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum World War II Weekend. Highlights include FIFI, the only flying B-29 Boeing Superfortress in the world, as well as a performance by the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team. Flight enthusiasts can even book a ride in a warbird.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Domanski

  • Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show

    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

  • Stuart Air Show

    Stuart Air Show
    Stuart, FL

    The Stuart Air Show is a three-day event in the Treasure Coast area of Florida. It includes static exhibits of a number of aircraft, including the Bell 47 "MASH" helicopter and the F18 Top Gun "Maverick." Helicopter rides in famous historic vehicles are available for purchase, and thrilling performances by nationally known aerobatic groups will fill the skies over Stuart.
    Photo courtesy of Lyubov Tolstova // Getty Images

  • Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

    Wings Over North Georgia Air Show
    Rome, Georgia

    Wings over North Georgia is an airshow held over the skies of Rome, Georgia. Well-known aerial performers include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the USAF Heritage Flight Team. Premium camping at Russell Regional Airport is available for purchase, and some lucky guests will be able to experience an amazing flight adventure in the B-25 "Panchito" from the Delaware Aviation Museum.
    Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry

  • Planes of Fame 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

  • EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

    EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
    Oshkosh, Wis.

    The town of Oshkosh, Wisconsin hosts the largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts in the country during the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. With more than 10,000 aircraft in attendance, there's a little bit of everything represented, including warbirds, home-built aircraft, ultralights and vintage planes. 
    Photo courtesy of EAA photo/Nick Moore

  • Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

    Thunder Over Michigan Air Show
    Ypsilanti, Mich.

    The U.S. Navy Blue Angels 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

The ten best air shows are as follows:

  1. Airshow London - London, Ontario
  2. Pacific Airshow - Huntington Beach, Calif.
  3. STIHL National Championship Air Races - Reno
  4. Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's World War II Weekend - Reading, Penn.
  5. Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show - Battle Creek, Mich.
  6. Stuart Air Show - Stuart, FL
  7. Wings Over North Georgia Air Show - Rome, Georgia
  8. Planes of Fame Air Show - Chino, Calif.
  9. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - Oshkosh, Wis.
  10. Thunder Over Michigan Air Show - Ypsilanti, Mich.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning air shows!

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