Los Angeles Air Show Canceled for 2021

Multiple challenges, including the latest pandemic surge, force management to squash the October event.

There was big disappointment in southern California’s aviation community this week as it was announced that the Los Angeles Air Show, scheduled to take place in Lancaster on October 23 and 24, has been canceled.

“The mounting challenges of resurrecting an air show at William J. Fox Airfield, combined with numerous complications created by the resurging pandemic, made it clear that cancellation is the best course of action to preserve the opportunity to put on a successful event in the future,” a statement on the air show’s official website said.

Historically, the Los Angeles Air Show features a wide range of exhibits and aerial displays. The biggest draws are often military formation teams. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have performed over the Mojave Desert in prior years. This year, the USAF Thunderbirds were scheduled to perform. The USAF F-35 Lightning II Demo Team was also on the program.

The Los Angeles Air Show was to be the finale for the AirDotShow circuit, which had seven destinations on its 2021 calendar. The other two remaIning shows are still on:

  • The New York International Air Show on August 28-29 at Orange County Airport
  • The Central Florida Space and Air Show, October 16-17 at Orlando Sanford International Airport

The organizers for the LA Air Show promise a full refund to those who had purchased their tickets.

“The refund process has already been initiated and no action is required by ticket holders at this time,” the statement said. If you have purchased a ticket and have not received a refund by August 30, contact the show’s box office.


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