Fort Lauderdale Air Show 2020 Guide

Daredevil pilots in the sky will thunder and barrel-roll over Fort Lauderdale beach during this weekend’s 2020 Fort Lauderdale Air Show — and you can catch every highflying stunt without leaving your home.

For the first time in Air Show history the aviation spectacle, returning Nov. 21-22, will present every death-defying demo from elite fighter jets and military-grade seaplanes over livestream. (Air Show brass bumped the bash from May to November due to the pandemic.)

“It’s the difference between watching the football game on TV instead of seeing it live,” says Bryan Lilley, Fort Lauderdale Air Show’s organizer. “Plenty of folks will be happy just to see it on livestream from their back yards.”

Lilley describes Air Show’s free livestream at Air.Show — to keep that football metaphor going — as “like watching with NFL Sunday Ticket.” Viewers can toggle among multiple video feeds covering Show Center (the coastline where A1A meets Sunrise Boulevard), the narrator’s broadcast stage, the narrator’s audio commentary, and the flight line at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, where aircraft are grounded preshow.

Sign up in advance at air.show/livestream and receive an email on event day with an access link to our virtual dashboard and virtually attend the event live from anywhere in the world.

“Normally viewers never get to watch aircraft taking off from the airport. And who’s ever heard the Air Boss talking to the pilots?” Lilley says. “So many Air Shows have been canceled this year that this allows anyone in the world to watch.”

Headlining this weekend’s bill of fancy flying will be four U.S. Air Force fighter-jet teams — the F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II, F-16 Viper and A-10 Thunderbolt II. (Original headliners the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds scrapped their flyover because their seasonal touring schedule ended in October.)

"It’s probably the only time four Air Force aircraft will perform together simultaneously, Lilley says. Typically these fighter-jet teams perform separately, but all four teams were available because COVID-19 grounded Air Shows this summer and fall, he says.

“It’s the only year you’ll see this happen,” Lilley says. “I’m stoked to see them in their Delta formation during the heritage flight, when they’re in the sky with a F-22 Raptor and a P-51 Mustang.”

Organizers encourage spectators not to gather in crowds to watch, and they reduced the number of tickets available for VIP areas on the beach. Police say private security hired by the air show will be enforcing COVID-19 safety guidelines.

While centered in front of Birch State Park on A1A, the action can be seen from many vantage points in Fort Lauderdale.

“The stage for the Fort Lauderdale Air Show is two miles wide and 500 feet high,” Fort Lauderdale City Manager Chris Lagerbloom said when the rescheduled event was announced last month. “Spectators can watch from their backyard, balcony, boat or the beach, making it the ideal event for our community to host in the era of social distancing.”

Saturday’s Sequence of Flight
National Anthem – Flag Jump
SOCOM Para-Commandos
F-16 Fighting Falcons
F-35 Lightening II Demo
Search & Rescue Demo
GEICO Skytypers with Miss GEICO
F-22 Raptor Demo
Gulfstream Fly By
L-39 Cold War Jet Era Demo
C-17 Globemaster III Demo
Mike Wiskus in the Lucas Oil Pitts
A-10 Warthog Demo
Air Force Heritage Flight

Sunday’s Sequence of Flight
National Anthem – Flag Jump
SOCOM Para-Commandos
F-16 Fighting Falcons
F-35 Lightening II Demo
Search & Rescue Demo
GEICO Skytypers with Miss GEICO
F-22 Raptor Demo
Gulfstream Fly By
L-39 Cold War Jet Era Demo
C-17 Globemaster III Demo
Mike Wiskus in the Lucas Oil Pitts
A-10 Warthog Demo
Air Force Heritage Flight

View the article in the Sun-Sentinel for details on all the performers and everything you can expect from this weekend’s free aerial fun.

For ticket information, visit www.fortlauderdaleairshow.com

The Fort Lauderdale Air Show is proudly sponsored by the Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Community ( BID ). View the Happenings calendar for events and activities taking place Air Show weekend and places to dine, stay and play over the weekend.


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