PENSACOLA, Fla. — Aviation photography captured the unique views during the shortened air show season of 2020, as aircraft vapor and rare aerial images spotlight the military and civilian performers.
Gathered are only a few of the incredible imagery related to the 2020 air show season. Each photograph tells a brief story of America’s strength as Covid-19 cancelled two-thirds of the air show season.
The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds flyovers of major U.S. cities to honor first responders provided a lift as America struggled with Covid concerns. During Operation: America Strong, thousands of on lookers in each city gathered to witness the two squadrons fly together.
The Air Force devised a plan to resume air shows under the “drive-in air show” format in July. Thunder Over Cedar Creek Lake will be remembered as the military’s first step to resume air show performances.
Cedar Creek Lake became the first drive-in air show on Independence Day. The Air Force sent a few aircraft to perform including the F-35A Lightning II and A-10C Thunderbolt II demonstration teams.
The 2020 Airshow Year in Review
For many in the air show community, the name COVID-19 first came up in February with the F-22 demo team’s performance in Singapore.
2020 was highlighted by the America Strong flyovers. Not only by the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds, but by local air national guard aircraft.
The Air Force F-16C Viper and A-10C demo aircraft received stunning new paint jobs. The first female to lead a single-ship jet team, Capt. Kristin “BEO” Wolfe, became the F-35A demo team’s pilot.
The return of the Blue Angels Fat Albert as the squadron received a new C-130J Super Hercules. The Blues also officially upgraded from their legacy Hornets to the Super Hornets in November.
(Charles A Atkeison reports on aerospace and technology. Follow his updates via social media @Military_Flight.)