The Cleveland National Air Show features stunt aircraft, historic warbirds, interactive experiences, drones, and more. Burke Lakefront Airport hosts the show annually over Labor Day Weekend. The 2017 Cleveland Air Show is open Saturday September 2nd through Monday September 4th. This year’s show includes a special WWII dogfight demonstration and acrobatic flights from Bill Stein, pilot of the color changing plane.
NASA Glenn Research Center
NASA is one of the biggest supporters of aerospace events in Northeast Ohio. They will bring the traveling Aerospace Environmental Bus to educate visitors on how aircraft fuel efficiency is evolving. The team from NASA will talk about upcoming manned missions and answer questions. Multiple items like posters and stickers will be given to people that stop by the booth.
de Havilland DH. 100 Vampire
The most unique aircraft at the 2017 Cleveland Air Show is the Vampire. The de Havilland DH. 100 was the first aircraft in service of the British military to be powered by a single jet engine. The Sea Vampire variant is recognized as the first jet aircraft to land on a moving aircraft carrier. The service life was quite lengthy for a military aircraft at 33 years. Recent reports suggest that there are less than four de Havilland Vampires in the US today.
Shockwave Jet Truck
Can a truck go faster than a speeding airplane? Most people would say no, until they find out that it’s powered by a triple jet engine. Not only is the Shockwave truck fast, it shoots flames out of the engines. Shockwave is a custom built race truck equipped with 3 huge J34-48 Pratt & Whitney Jet Engines originally out of the USA Navy T2 Buckeye. Shockwave is driven by Chris Darnell, owner by Darnell Racing Enterprises, Inc. Learn more about Shockwave
Getting Around the 2017 Cleveland Air Show
Adult tickets are $21 in advance ($23 day of) and Kids tickets for ages 6 – 11 are $14 in advance ($16 day of), children under 5 receive free admission for the 2017 Cleveland Air Show. Special flight line seating is available for an additional cost and includes extra amenities.
Where to get tickets:
- Northeast Ohio Discount Drug Mart locations
- On the website
- At the gate the day of the event
Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets as seating is not provided for general admission ticket holders. Keep your ticket and get the hand stamp if you plan on reentering the show, but make sure you get back before 3pm. Cameras and video equipment are welcome. Parking is available at onsite at Gate 13 for $17, the Burke Lakefront Airport terminal charges an average $30 fee, or at other locations in downtown Cleveland.