You don’t have to make the pilgrimage to the coast of Virginia to catch the latest in live air show action—no matter how much the thought of seeing four hours of live fly-bys featuring the latest military hardware sounds appealing after a long summer’s drought. In fact, you can’t even if you wanted to this year—attendance at the 2020 Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana Air Show was cancelled in July to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Instead, LiveAirShowTV will broadcast direct from NAS Oceana on Saturday, September 19, from noon to 4 pm Eastern Daylight Time and beam it to you wherever you can get online. Flying will also host the broadcast on our Virtual Air Show hub.
The event features a variety of military and civilian performances and demonstrations, including NAS Oceana’s own “Rhino” Demonstration Team, flying the F/A-18F Super Hornet, flown by aircrew detailed to VFA-106. You can also catch the US Air Force’s F-22 Raptor and A-10 Thunderbolt, as well as the aerial stylings of world-famous aerobatic pilots Michael Goulian and Scott Francis.
The broadcast will also include live, in-cockpit cameras provided by OnBoard Images, made possible by a sponsorship by Air Force Recruiting Command. Live cameras will broadcast from the A-10, and Michael Goulian’s aircraft.
According to a press release, “Moving the air show to a live-streamed event allows us to keep everyone healthy, while still showcasing what the Navy and Marine Corps team is capable of doing when we deploy around the world to defend America’s interests,” said Capt. John W. Hewitt, Commanding Officer of NAS Oceana.
“We are excited with NAS Oceana to continue creating great airshow content despite the pandemic,” said LiveAirShowTV president Jeff Lee. “Our mission is to serve fans of air shows, military and extreme aviation and we’ve been able to continue doing that. We look forward to telling the stories of Virginia Beach, VF-106 and Naval Aviation”
Hewitt also delivered a reminder to the public that unmanned aerial systems, commonly known as drones, are not permitted at NAS Oceana. “The unauthorized use of drones can threaten the safety of aircraft, military personnel and nearby civilians,” said Hewitt. “Flying a drone within five miles of NAS Oceana—including the oceanfront resort area—is also prohibited unless the operator has complied with all Federal Aviation Administration regulations and contacts NAS Oceana’s Air Traffic Control office before beginning any flights.”