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Columbus Air Show
June 16, 2023 - June 18, 2023
The Columbus Air Show takes place June 16th – 18th, 2023, at the Rickenbacker International Airport. Headlining this year’s attractions is the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Gates open at 9:00am
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are one of the most esteemed aerobatic teams in the world, recognized for their precision flying and high-performance maneuvers. Established in 1946, the Blue Angels serve as the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. Comprised of highly skilled naval aviators, the team operates six Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft, painted in a distinctive blue and gold scheme, to execute complex aerial demonstrations.
In addition to the Blue Angels, The U.S. Air Force will be flying their F-22 Raptor. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to watch the F-22 in action. It was scary to see what this plane could do. Impressive is an understatement. It was and is my favorite modern aircraft.
Many years ago, I attended the Flight of the Mustangs air show at Rickenbacker and was able to catch dozens of P-51s. The P-51 and B-17 are my favorite historical aircraft. Both have a unique sound when they fly and they are the only aircraft I can identify by sound alone.
Other planes in attendance include:
U.S Marine Corps C-130 “Fat Albert”
Ohio Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker
P-51D Mustang “Old Crow”
C-47 Skytrain “Hairless Joe”
B-25 Mitchell “Rosie’s Reply”
Kent Pietsch Aerobatic team
Rob Holland Aerobatic team
Michael Goulian Aerobatic team
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