The Stuart Air Show is returning to the skies Nov. 7 and 8. Celebrating its delayed 30th anniversary, the beloved regional event-sidelined last year by heavy flooding, which proceeded the tragic pre-show crash of a performer-will highlight performances from more elite military fighter jets than ever before.
Not all the action will take place exclusively in the air. The event will debut a freestyle motocross performance in which one rider jumps over a biplane-in flight! And one of the static aircraft gives festivalgoers the chance to sit in the replica cockpit of the Top Gun Maverick F-18 Hornet popularized by Tom Cruise in the famous film.
This year’s event commanded remarkable attention to detail in:
- Assembling aerial military performers generally so in-demand they’ve not appeared together in North America in nearly a decade;
- Crafting and coordinating with leading health professionals comprehensive safety and sanitization protocols, volunteer guidelines and event layout;
- Honoring the memory of Dr. Joseph Masessa, the pilot set to perform last year who died Nov. 1 when his plane crashed at Witham Field hours before the show was set to start.
In addition to the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight and USASOC Black Daggers Parachute Team, the featured fighter jets-air combat aircraft that have not performed at the same event in the United States before -include:
- A10 “Thunderbolt II” Demo Team
- F16 “Viper” Demo Team
- F22 “Raptor” Demo Team
- F35 “Lightning II” Demo Team
The freestyle motocross show features acclaimed riders from across the country, including:
- Cody Elkins
- TJ Tiffany
- Jerad LaRue
Static displays of aircraft include:
- DreamBig Top Gun exhibit of the Maverick F-18 Hornet Experience-an exact replica of the fighter jet featured in the famous movie-invites guest to pose for pictures in the cockpit.
- C-47 Tico Belle is a memorial to the aircraft that 75 years ago took part in the D-Day invasion.
- TBM Avenger, a Grumman designed torpedo bomber like the aircraft flown by George H.W. Bush when he was shot down by the Japanese during World War II.
- M*A*S*H helicopter
- Douglas DC-3, which served as a wartime transport in the 1940s and deemed vital by Gen. Dwight Eisenhower for winning World War II.
Sunday, November 8, 2017 , 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Stuart, FL 34996