I feel privileged to live across the street from Fort Lauderdale’s beach. I’m reminded of this privilege regularly but especially when the Fort Lauderdale Air Show occurs. I’m lucky to be able to walk out my front door and see the action. Of course, I have no choice but to hear the action. Yeah, it’s pretty loud.
An F-16 Viper is hard to miss:
On May 6th and 7th The Air Show returns this year and will feature the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds. The US Air Force will show off its F-16 Viper, of course. And The U.S. Navy has their F/A-18F Super Hornet and the Harrier Jump Jet.
But that’s not all the fun. Geico which is a major corporate sponsor for the event will have their Skytypers flying six vintage 75 year old planes that are known for writing giant 1,000 foot tall messages in the blue skies (hopefully) overhead. Somehow they are equipped to release smoke in-sync. I imagine that beach-goers from the Elbo Room on Las Olas to East Oakland Boulevard can see these huge sky writings.
But wait it gets better. Sean D. Tucker is performing his aerobatic stunts. Sean should thrill us all WW2 and Korean War maneuvers over the Fort Lauderdale beach. This guy is a rock star of flight often mentioned alongside elite aviators like Chuck Yeager and John Glenn. Sean’s latest sponsor is Oracle Corp. I can’t wait for my kids and our guests to see what they have in store for us next month.
Air & Sea & McGone
Fort Lauderdale almost lost what has been referred to as the “Super Bowl of Air Shows” ten years ago when McDonalds decided that it no longer wanted to sponsor what was then called the Air & Sea Show. Fortunately, the event is now well advertised and well attended. Last year’s show was awesome. The Air Force Thunderbirds nailed it. Even from thousands of feet in the air the sonic boom was deafening. But, who’s complaining?
Visitors can purchase tickets on the official website and they range from $29.50 to $187.50 (VIP tent treatment). Make reservations at local hotels now since they are sure to fill up. In the past my personal recommendation has been the Sonesta. While the Pelican Grand may be a bit closer to the action, typically the room rates are a good deal higher than the Sonesta on Fort Lauderdale Beach. I have found that generally the Sonesta offers one of the best values on the beach. It is within walking distance to the show, approximately one half mile from the fun.
Good luck and please don’t throw any beer cups on my lawn.