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NAS Oceana Air Show

Sep 19 - 20
8:00am - 5:00pm
Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana
1750 Tomcat Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23460


General admission and parking to the NAS Oceana Air Show are free.

Upgraded Seating:
Bleacher Seating - $4 online ($5 day of show)
General Seating - $9 online ($10 day of show)
Reserved Seats - $14 online ($15 day of show)
Executive Squadron Chalet (ESC) – Adults $60, Kids ages 6-12 $30 (kids 5 & under free).
The ESC is a fully catered experience with a shaded area, food, beverage, and seating.

Come be a part of the Navy’s largest open house in North America!

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Come enjoy the country’s best aviation performances and displays at the annual NAS Oceana Air Show. The men and women of Naval Air Station Oceana are excited to open their base to the public to present the best civilian and military performers.

Performers include the USAF Thunderbirds, Skip Stewart and the GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team. The event will also feature the return of SHOCKWAVE, the jet-powered Peterbilt truck that spews smoke and thunder.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds (
The squadron’s mission is to plan and present precision aerial maneuvers to exhibit the  capabilities of modern, high-performance aircraft and the high degree of professional skill required to operate those aircraft.  The Thunderbirds squadron is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and more than 100 enlisted personnel performing in almost 30 job specialties.  A Thunderbirds air demonstration is a mix of formation flying and solo routines.  The four-jet diamond formation demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots, while the lead and opposing solo aircraft highlight some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.  The pilots perform approximately 40 maneuvers in a demonstration. The entire show, including the ground show and air demonstration, lasts about 75 minutes. The season typically starts in March and ends in November, with the winter months used to train new members.  Officers serve a two-year assignment with the squadron, while enlisted personnel serve three to four.  More than 280 million people in all  50 states and 57 foreign countries have seen the red, white and blue Thunderbirds jets in more than 3,500 aerial demonstrations


Gene Soucy (
Gene Soucy is one of the most well-respected and proficient airshow pilots in American aviation.  He is a former member of the record-setting Eagles Aerobatic Flight Team, he has been a member of two World Champion U.S. Aerobatic Teams, and he has won more awards than any other active airshow pilot.  Innovation and versatility are Gene Soucy’s style.  It is no wonder as to why he has rightfully been nicknamed “Mr. Airshow.” In 1988, Gene looked to be unique once again and began developing a new airshow airplane for his performances.  What he came up with was the “Showcat.”  By extensively modifying a Grumman Ag Cat, a bi-plane traditionally used for crop spraying, Gene emerged with a tremendous airplane built for the rigors of one of the most unbelievable solo act of smoke and noise ever to reach the skies.

Bill Stein (
Bill Stein has logged over 5,000 hours of aerobatic and formation flight. Bill began flying aerobatics when he was still a student pilot and has been dedicated to perfecting his skills ever since.  Since 1995 Bill has performed at air shows all across the United States and has entertained millions air show fans.  Bill’s passion for precision flying is evident in his dazzling air show routine.  He trains every day so that his skills stay razor sharp, and to maintain the all-out energy and excitement he puts into his air show sequence.  Bill’s experience includes competitive aerobatics and years of flying on the world famous Red Baron Stearman Squadron. Bill also gives back to the air show community by mentoring new air show pilots including coaching the “Stars of Tomorrow” team which have performed at many prestigious air shows including the EAA AirVenture Air Show.

Dan Buchanan (
Dan was a New York & Connecticut home builder and flat-track motorcycle racer; then moved to Lake Tahoe, CA where he enjoyed the thrill of flying off mountain tops. He was getting his Private Pilot License when in 1981, he had a spinal injury landing a hang glider in bad weather that he shouldn't have even been flying in. Losing his ability to walk, he returned to college to pursue a career in mechanical engineering, landing him in Silicon Valley, CA. Despite this new handicap, Dan returned to the thrill of flying within six months, and since then his tenacity and adventurous spirit has allowed him to accrue more than 3,000 hours of flight time in Hang Gliders and Sailplanes. After his first air show performance at Medford, OR in 1989, his appearances increased each year, and now he shares his thrill of flight with millions of people around the world during his annual 25+ city Airshow tour, driving 45,000+ miles each summer.

Eugene Nock’s Batcopter (
This is N3079G  The Original BATCOPTER from the TV Series BATMAN!  N3079G is the authentic Crime Fighting Helicopter that flew and was filmed in the original 1966 Batman  movie and the original Batman TV Series.  Today, Captain Eugene A. Nock has fully restored this nostalgic flying machine back to complete airworthy condition.  Captain Nock will also be showing off his vintage Batmobile from the original TV series.  You won’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these magnificent and historic machines!

Jerry Conley’s Vampire (
Jerry Conley is the president of Vampire Aviation, LLC. and chief pilot. Jerry’s flying career started at eight years old when he got a kids book titled "Jerry the Jet" and the rest is history.  Vampire Airshows mission is about the merging of entertainment and education.  The Vampire is unique to the Airshow circuit and brings speed, noise, jet warbird aerobatics, and a profile that grabs the attention of the audience.  The aircraft is fully aerobatic performing rolls, Cuban eights, Shark tooths, inverted flight, high speed passes, and all with a killer smoke system. The Vampire, being the Beginning of ALL modern jet aviation, is a truly inspiring aircraft.

Bill Leff (
Bill excites the crowd with the roar of the radial engine, the flash of the sun off the polished aluminum surface and the volume of smoke coming off the engine as he does precision aerobatics, staying show center all the time.  Like no other WarBird act, Bill keeps it close in and non-stop.  It all starts with the roar of the Pratt and Whitney engine as Bill lifts off the runway and does a roll on take-off.  Thirteen minutes of low-level aerobatics follow including barrel rolls, inverted flight, loops, four point rolls, and Cuban 8s.  Bill explores the airspeed envelope of the T-6 from over 200 MPH to as slow as 60 MPH, thrilling both the novice and enthusiast alike.

Warrior Flight Team (
Warrior Flight Team (WFT), reaches out to wounded soldiers and their families through numerous support groups and veterans organizations, and invites those who have served and sacrificed so much to meet the team. These get-togethers are centered around large, well-attended events such as fundraisers, airshows, and sporting contests.  The WFT honors these warriors and their families with a truly unique experience and unparalleled hospitality and camaraderie. It’s a time for relaxation as well as reflection on the price many pay for serving in the armed forces.  In front of millions of people annually, the team has the chance to promote the Warrior Flight Team programs as the soldiers are honored publically.

Flashfire Dodge Jet Truck / Darnell Racing Enterprises (
Chris is the Driver/Pilot of the Flash Fire Jet Truck and the Flashfire Dodge Jet Truck. Chris has been involved in motorsports his entire life.  He has many years of experience in the Motorsports Promotion business as well.  Chris has competed in many different types of racing over the years from drag racing to circle track and beyond. He has literally done it all. Having experience on the production side of motorsport events as well as a performer/competitor in motorsports goes a long way towards making each show a success.  Besides driving the Fastest Trucks in the world on the Drag Racing and Air Show circuit, Chris also owns a Truck Accessory Company called 4 Wheel Customs.  Chris is now sharing the driving duties with his dad Neal in both the Flash Fire and SHOCKWAVE Jet Trucks.

Firewalkers International (
Firewalkers International LLC was established in 2013 as the newest Air Show Pyrotechnics Team on the Air Show scene. While being a new team, its’ members have a long history and many years of experience providing exciting, loud, HOT and safe Pyrotechnic shows both nationally and worldwide. As former members of Rich's Incredible Pyro, team members have worked closely with some of the most exciting civilian flight demonstration teams, ground shows and military teams from virtually every branch of the service, foreign and domestic. Through the use of high explosives, flammable fuels, and fireworks, the team produces stunning displays choreographed perfectly with flight teams and ground performers with earth shaking high energy results, all in a safe and precisely controlled professional show.

Black Daggers U.S. Army Parachute Team (
Their mission is to perform live aerial demonstrations in support of Army special operations community relations and recruiting. Composed of volunteers from throughout Army special operations, the Black Daggers have diverse backgrounds and are skilled in various military specialties including Special Forces, Rangers, civil affairs, psychological operations, and signal and support. With an average age of 33 and an average number of free-fall jumps at 560, the team represents the professionalism and dedication of Army special operations forces.

Skydive Suffolk (
Skydive Suffolk is the premier skydiving center in the Virginia Beach area and has been in operation since 1960. The skydiving center is owned and operated by retired Navy EODC Mike Manthey. Skydive Suffolk offers tandem skydives, skydiving lessons, and jumping for experienced licensed skydivers, and is a USPA (United States Parachute Association) Group Member, pledging to adhere to the USPA’s Basic Safety Requirements for students and advanced skydivers. In addition to civilian skydiving activities, the facilities at Skydive Suffolk also support skydiving training operations for multiple branches of the United States Armed Forces.  Skydive Suffolk and their team of expert parachutist will be performing several Flag Jumps during the show as well as the thrilling Team Suffolk jump, executing precision parachute maneuvers and high energy “swoops” for the crowd.

Rob Reider (
Rob Reider has announced some of the greatest aerial events in North America and loves to share the joy and freedom of flight with all who attend these shows. Rob is a multi-talented air show entertainer, pilot, Midwest television personality, singer, performer, writer, and winner of 5 Emmy awards. All of his experience makes Rob one of the best known announcers in the air show industry. "Narrating a show is a wonderful opportunity to try to put an audience into the cockpit," says Rob "Besides, when I’m announcing, I have the best seat in the house!"

Dan McLaren & Mach 1 Productions (
Since 1988, Mach 1 Productions has provided support for North American Air Show and other special events.  Their specially designed sound system provides crisp, clear sound for up to a mile of crowd line. Take your spectators into the cockpit of the aircraft with the air-to-ground interface that allows the performers to talk to the crowd and be heard as though they were listening on the intercom in the back seat.


F/A-18F Super Hornet
The Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration, or “Tacdemo” is rapidly becoming world renowned as an awesome display of thrilling high-speed, high “G” maneuvers coupled with heart-stopping slow-speed performance. The crew from the VFA-106 Gladiators will fly this two-seat Strike Fighter as close to the "edge of the envelope" as safely possible while amazing even the most experienced aviators. The Tacdemo highlights the incredible power and grace of the Super Hornet, affectionately known as the “Rhino”.

F/A-18C Hornet
The F/A-18C Hornet has been a mainstay of the Navy’s tactical striking power since the mid-80’s. The Hornet Tacdemo combines eye-watering quickness and agility with remarkable slow-speed handling performance in an aerial demonstration that will thrill and amaze you.  This single-seat Strike Fighter was one of the first true multi-use weapons platforms in the Navy and was designed to replace the F-4 Phantom fighter and the A-7 Corsair II strike aircraft.  It is now the standard fighter in the Navy and Marine Corps, and is also flown by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team.

Air Power Demonstration
Watch as Oceana-based Strike Fighter aircraft demonstrate the maneuvers and tactics used to deliver air-to-ground weapons in real-world combat operations. F/A-18C Hornets and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets will fill the skies and crisscross in front of the crowd and they aggressively maneuver for simulated weapons delivery solutions. Twisting and turning to get “pipper on”, these intrepid aviators will prove they’ve got “the right stuff” to deliver diplomacy, 500 pounds at a time!

F-16 Fighting Falcon Demo (
The Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team at Shaw AFB, S.C., performs precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities by one of the Air Force's premier multi-role fighters, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The team also works with the Air Force Heritage flight, exhibiting the professional qualities the Air Force develops in the people who fly, maintain and support these aircrafts.


USAF Heritage Flight (
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the Heritage Flight program was founded in 1997. Heritage Flight performances of current fighter/attack aircraft flying with World War II, Korea and Vietnam era fighters dramatically display USAF airpower history and honor the brave men and women who have served, or are currently serving, in the USAF. In 2010, the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed to keep this popular program flying.

Steve Myott; Uncle Sam on Stilts
Mr. Steve Myott will perform during Saturday and Sundays shows and entertain children and adults alike as he mixes and mingles with the crowd. Steve has appeared in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C, NFL pre-game shows and countless festivals as Uncle Sam on Stilts. As a drama teacher, actor and director he incorporates all his unique talents into theatrical mentoring for young people. Make sure you wave and say hello to this remarkable performer.


Prohibited Items

In order to keep possibly dangerous items outside the flight line, ALL bags will be briefly inspected as you come through flight line entry points and all individuals are subject to search. To keep delays to a minimum, remember that the following items are not permitted on to the flight line and may be confiscated:

  • Ice chests or coolers
  • Large bags (bags larger than a small purse or fanny pack), duffle bags, briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • All weapons (regardless of permit) including: firearms, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), walking sticks (except for handicap use) and all other items that the security force deems dangerous. Any confiscated items will not be returned.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Pets (other than service animals)
  • Glass containers
  • Bicycles, roller skates, roller blades or skateboards

Authorized Items

All authorized items will be inspected prior to entering the flight line. It is recommended that spectators minimize the number and size of authorized items to reduce the time required for inspection prior to access into the flight line area. The following items are permitted:

  • PCS/cellular phones, pagers and FRS transceivers (may be asked to turn off / on)
  • Handheld portable televisions, radios and scanners
  • Small fanny packs and purses
  • Cameras and camcorders (owners should not load film prior to entering the show area as they may be required to open all compartments at Security Checkpoints).
  • Camera Bags will be searched upon entry
  • Folding chairs and lawn chairs (chairs in bags subject to search)
  • Umbrellas and sunshades
  • Wheelchairs
  • Baby bags and strollers, if attending with an infant or small child (Strollers are not permitted in the grandstand area. Adjacent stroller parking is available).


  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the flight line in the vicinity of aircraft, vendor tents or chalets.


  • Unattended bags and packages will be removed from the premises
  • Neither strollers nor wheelchairs will be available for rent at the Air Show
  • Sun protection, including hat, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and sun screen are recommended
  • Water will be available throughout the Air Show area
  • Wear comfortable footgear; the flight line is paved and you may walk long distances.
  • All vendor vehicles will be subject to search.

And Finally………

Please keep in mind that your safety is our primary concern. Remember the following important safety tips:

  • Uniformed security personnel are there to help. Follow all instructions from uniformed security personnel.
  • Very few things on our flight line are soft to the touch; most things are made of metal and have lots of edges on them. Keep your eyes focused in the direction you’re walking and be aware of low-hanging (and flying!) aircraft components.
  • Medical personnel are on call to render assistance to anyone that requires it. Notify any uniformed security person or air show worker if you or any member of your group requires medical attention.
  • Call 433-3103 for emergency assistance, if needed.


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Monday April 27th, 2020

NAS Oceana Air Show

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia April 28.

The teams welcome and encourage viewers to tag the flyover on social media with the hashtag #AmericaStrong.

Check the comments section for the flight paths of these locations tomorrow.

Visit the U.S. Navy Blue Angels for more information! ✈️Thunderbirds, Blue Angels to Salute New York, New Jersey
and Pennsylvania COVID-19 Responders

NAS PENSACOLA, Fla. – The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia April 28.

“We are truly excited to take to the skies with our Navy counterparts for a nation-wide tribute to the men and women keeping our communities safe.” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col.
John Caldwell, Thunderbird 1 and mission commander for the flyover. “We hope to give Americans a touching display of American resolve that honors those serving on the
frontline of our fight with COVID-19.”

A formation of 6 F-16C/D Fighting Falcon and 6 F/A-18C/D Hornet aircraft will conduct these flyovers as a collaborative salute to healthcare workers, first responders, military,
and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are incredibly honored to have the opportunity to salute those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 response, we are in awe of your strength and resilience,” said Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, U.S. Navy Blue Angels commanding officer and flight leader. “Thank you to all of those in essential industries keeping our nation moving forward. We will get through this. We are all in this together.”

This mission, the first of several planned over the coming weeks, is the culmination of more than a month of planning and coordination between the two teams and numerous city and government offices.

Residents along the flight path can expect a few seconds of jet noise as the aircraft pass overhead, along with the sight of 12 high-performance aircraft flying close in precise formation.

Flyovers in Newark, New York City and surrounding boroughs will start at noon (EST) and last approximately 35 minutes.

Flyovers in Trenton will start at 1:45 p.m. (EST) and last approximately 10 minutes.

Flyovers in Philadelphia will start at 2 p.m. (EST) and last approximately 20 minutes.

Residents in these areas will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their home- quarantine and should maintain all social distancing guidelines during this event. They should also refrain from traveling to landmarks, hospitals and gathering in large groups to view the flyover. A detailed flight route will be released on the day prior to the flyover.

The teams welcome and encourage viewers to tag the flyover on social media with the hashtag #AmericaStrong.
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The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over New York City, Newark, Trenton and Philadelphia April 28. The teams welcome and encourage viewers to tag the flyover on social media with the hashtag #AmericaStrong. Check the comments section for the flight paths of these locations tomorrow. Visit the U.S. Navy Blue Angels for more information! ✈️

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With NY accounting for roughly 30% of the Nation's and roughly 10% of the WORLD'S COVID-19 cases and deaths, it is a great way to recognize and show respect to all those who are on the front line there battling this pandemic!

Thank you Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds for doing this.

Who is designing your Blue Angel Tee shirts this year? My husband would love to create another design for the Blue Angels.

Any details on the Virginia Beach Blue Angel fly past ?

would much rather see those that be given a one time bonus in pay.. while this is kicking.. these people ALL of them deserve to be able to pay off their bills or take a vaycay beyond..

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Friday December 20th, 2019

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Wednesday December 11th, 2019

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William David Rhodes III

YESSSSSS!!!!!! The Thunderbirds were good but The Blue Angels are the best!!

Ben Daurio

Blue Angels are Awesome. Saw them at NAS Oceana couple years ago.

Kevin Bolton

Thank goodness!

I'm there!! My birthday September 19

Michael Uhl

We will be there!!!

Hope to be there!

Thank God

Best show ever.. we will be there! Thank you

Graham Lambert

Chris Burley

We missed the blue angels this past year

✔️Date Saved!!

Ethan Frazee

Glenn Rainey

Emery Chickey

Lori Ottenbacher

Ramona Ramona

Heather Fortney

Cher Miller

Cash Beckler

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Wednesday December 11th, 2019

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Would be nice to see the F-22 demo team as well as tora tora tora demo team

Bobby Dammann

Would be great to see a F35 C demo! I hear rumors about it, but nothing factual. Already made my camping reservations. Fingers crossed!

Gonna skip it in 2020. Gonna go to MCAS Cherry Point in May.

Enjoyed the 2019 show.

They put on a great show been the last couple years


See you there!

Got date marked down, will be back

Well alrighty then. We are so there!

Patrick Brian

Patty Ann

Patricia Scooter they’re back next year! ✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️

Erika Karras

Donde se puede conseguir las entradas

Mindy Gundlach mark y’all’s calendars!!

Keith Beeson Pope

April Parks

Jennifer Copas!!!

Preciøus Thømpsøn

Jeremy Michael

Amanda Seelig


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Friday September 27th, 2019

NAS Oceana Air Show

VDOF was invited to attend the Naval Air Station Oceana STEM day in association with the NAS Oceana Air Show. Several VDOF staff members worked with Smokey Bear to interact with the 5,000 fifth grade students from Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, demonstrating forestry tools and advocating for wildland fire prevention. Smokey even got to spend some time with his new friend, Stewie the Sea Turtle, the ambassador for the Navy’s stewardship of the world’s oceans and marine life.

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Not to disparage the air show, or our wonderful military personnel, and the member that keep these planes and equipment active. And I completely see the need for donations to help. But when a member of one of the displays tells you how much to donate, it is no longer a donation, but a charge for admission.

Monday September 23rd, 2019

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Plus all those kids were well behaved and one older child helped me out of my chair when he saw me trying to get up with my foot boot,many at joint base Andrews airshow run wild all the time,I'll always come to this show while health permits, thanks

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