CLEVELAND, OH – Cleveland will host the U.S. Navy Blue Angels as headliners of the 2022 Cleveland National Air Show presented by Discount Drug Mart on Labor Day weekend (Sept. 3, 4 & 5) at Burke Lakefront Airport. 2022 will also mark the Cleveland debut of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flying a larger jet platform, the F/A-18 Super Hornet and a new logistics support aircraft, the C-130J Super Hercules. The six “Blues” demonstration pilots will thrill Air Show fans with a one hour choreographed presentation that includes the graceful aerobatics of the four plane Diamond Formation and exciting high energy opposing solo maneuvers by the two solo pilots.
Cleveland is among 33 select U.S. cities chosen to host the U.S. Navy Blue Angels in 2022. Two members of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be in Cleveland Friday in preparation for the 2022 Air Show. Blue Angel #7 LT Scott Goossens of San Francisco, California, and Blue Angel #8 LT Katlin Forster of Scottsdale, Arizona, will do a flyover in their F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft and are expected to land at 10:10am. The team members of the elite flying squadron will make the advance visit to meet with the air show officials and supporting organizations. “We are thrilled to host the U.S. Navy Blue Angels for their pre-season visit,” said Air Show Executive Director Kim Dell. “The Blues last appearance in Cleveland was 2018 and Air Show fans will be excited.”
The Air Show is Cleveland’s Labor Day Weekend tradition with three days of aerial thrills. From stomach-churning aerial jumps to gyroscopic aerobatics to military jet demonstrations to Shockwave the Jet Truck racing an airplane down the runway…fans will be on the edge of their seats.
Plus there will be excitement on the ground with interactive displays, kid-friendly activities, planes and more. Fans can tour unique aircraft, help pack a parachute, get a picture with a pilot or just enjoy the day-long festival of flying, food and outdoor fun.
The Cleveland National Air Show has been Northeast Ohio’s Labor Day Weekend Tradition since 1964, attracting 60,000 to 100,000 visitors to Burke Lakefront Airport and making it one of the region’s largest annual events. It is produced by Cleveland National Air Show, Inc. a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit Ohio corporation that relies on sponsorship and community support to offset the costs of producing the event.
The Air Show has an annual economic impact of $7.1 million+ on the City of Cleveland.