(MELBOURNE, Fl) The Great Florida Air Show, presented by Northrop Grumman, will feature a lineup of world-class performers appearing Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16 at Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB).
In their first Melbourne appearance since 2015, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the Air Show flying the Team’s new aircraft, the F-18 Super Hornet. 2021 marks the Blue Angels’ 75th anniversary since its inception in 1946, and it is the first time in 35 years that the Team has upgraded its aircraft.
Scheduled premier performers include: United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team; Official U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team; U.S. National Aerobatic champions Mike Wiskus of Lucas Oil Air Shows, nine-time consecutive winner Rob Holland, and Mike Goulian (Red Bull Air Races Champion); Larry Labriola, piloting the Aero L-39 Albatros; Gregory “Wired” Colyer flying warbird Ace Maker T-33; and Scott "Scooter" Yoak in his World War II-era Quick Silver P-51.
"MLB couldn’t be more excited to once again host the U.S. Navy Blue Angels along with these other great performers,” said Greg Donovan, A.A.E., executive director of the Orlando Melbourne International Airport. “We are looking forward to a high-flying, fun, and safe event for our community.”
“This air show is an exciting opportunity to enjoy the best of aviation, while bringing our community together around the technology we at Northrop Grumman are advancing every day. Given the challenges of last year, we’re pleased to work with the Air Show Network and MLB to ensure this outdoor event is safe and accessible to the community,” said Kirsten Dreggors, vice president of engineering and site leader for Northrop Grumman’s Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence.
This year’s first-of-its-kind boutique event, produced by The Air Show Network, will be reduced capacity to ensure a high-quality guest experience and social distancing. A limited number of general admission tickets are available.
"At the heart of it, we want to create a safe space for air show fans while giving them the best guest experience,” said Jim Breen, president of The Air Show Network. “To ensure that we produce a quality, socially distant show, we limited the capacity to half of what it would normally be. With the great lineup and a smaller-scaled audience, we're working to make the show a very special event."
Tables seating four each will be available in the Flight Line Club. Premium Boxes and additional Air Show seating will be sold in sets of two and four. Locations can be chosen upon purchase online, based on availability. Each seat grouping will be socially distanced in accordance with CDC protocol. Merchandise and food and beverage transactions will be cashless.
A static display will include the new jaw-dropping Generation 6 Florida Tech Jet Dragster featuring two-time IHRA World Champion Jet Dragster driver Elaine Larsen and the Florida Tech Jet Racing Team.
Table and seating tickets are available now at www.greatfloridaairshow.com. Tickets will not be sold on-site during show days. Parking for the event is free and upgraded VIP parking is available for purchase.