June 17-18, 2023
RickenBacker International Airport Columbus, Ohio
Winter 2022 Update
AIR SHOW RETURNS TO COLUMBUS
On November 30th, we announced the formation of the Columbus Air Show to be held June 17 – 18, 2023 at Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK). In early December, we were pleased to announce we have been selected by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels as one of their demonstration sites for 2023. The Blue Angels last performed in Columbus in 1995 and the last air show held in Columbus was 2007’s Gathering of Mustangs and Legends that attracted more than 150,000 guests to Rickenbacker.
THE U.S. NAVY BLUE ANGELS
Having last performed in Columbus more than a quarter century ago, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels are the world’s most recognized jet demonstration team. In 2020 the Blue Angels transitioned to the larger and more powerful F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft after having flown the legacy F/A-18 Hornet aircraft since 1986. The Blue Angels demonstration consists of six F/A-18 Super Hornets in the iconic blue and yellow Navy colors. The aircraft will fly at speeds approaching the speed of sound and will perform maneuvers with wing tips as close as 18” of separation. The demonstration will also include the Blue Angels’ support aircraft, the U.S. Marine Corps C-130 Hercules “Fat Albert”.
INITIAL PERFORMER LINEUP ANNOUNCED
Along with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the Columbus Air Show announced their 2023 initial performer lineup. The initial lineup includes our own Ohio Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotankers from the 121st Air Refueling Wing right here at Rickenbacker Air National Guard base, vintage military aircraft, a multiple time world champion and more. We’re just getting started and will announce additional performers and ground displays as they are confirmed.
PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT THE COLUMBUS AIR SHOW
As the first air show in Columbus in more than 15 years, we have received an overwhelming response from the Central Ohio corporate community. The last air show in Columbus attracted more than 150,000 guests to Rickenbacker and we anticipate the 2023 show to be one of our region’s premier summer events. The Columbus Air Show will provide outstanding hospitality for customers and employees, on-site promotional opportunities including exhibitor space, and unique event promotional tie-ins.
COLUMBUS REGIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY PARTNERS WITH AIR SHOW
We are pleased to announce our partnership with the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and thank them for hosting the air show at Rickenbacker International Airport. The Columbus Regional Airport Authority connects Ohio with the world by managing and operating passenger-focused John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), cargo-focused Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK), and general aviation airport Bolton Field (TZR). Follow CRAA on Facebook (CMH), Instagram (CMH), Twitter (CMH), Twitter (LCK), LinkedIn (CRAA) and LinkedIn (LCK)
AIR SHOW INSIGHTS MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE EXCLUSIVE EARLY ACCESS TO TICKETS
Our Air Show Insights members will receive an exclusive first opportunity to purchase tickets when they become available for purchase later this year. We are currently working on our show site layout and ticketing options. We anticipate a wide range of ticket options from general admission up to several top shelf full service hospitality tent options.
GET INVOLVED - BE AN AIR SHOW VOLUNTEER
Bringing an air show back to Central Ohio will take strong support from many in our community. The Columbus Air Show will be a complex and labor-intensive event that will require hundreds of volunteers to make it go smoothly. We are currently looking for individuals and groups that are interested in helping as volunteers at the air show. There are a variety of needs including concessions, parking, premium seating and corporate chalet hosts, setup and tear down along with other areas. Volunteers can receive an air show t-shirt and a meal voucher for their efforts along with the lifelong knowledge that they were on the front line helping to restore an air show to Columbus!
STAY CONNECTED - KEEP INFORMED
We will be sending periodic emails to our Air Show Insights members when we have important news. We will also be sharing information via our air show social media channels. Please help us share information about the show by liking and following us on social media and sharing our posts.