Air Show expands

Photo courtesy of the Herb Gillen Air Shows
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will perform in Columbus for the first time in more than a quarter century at the Columbus Air Show Presented by Scotts on June 16, 17, 18, 2023 at Rickenbacker International Airport.

The Columbus Air Show Presented by Scotts returns in 2023 with a three day show from June 16, 17, and 18, 2023 at Rickenbacker International Airport, 2241 John Circle Drive, Columbus.

This will be the first air show in Columbus in more than 15 years. The last show attracted more than 150,000 visitors, according to air show officials.

According to air show officials, an extra day was added to the show due to the demand from the community. Ticket prices for the Friday part of the show will be discounted from the weekend dates.

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has signed on as the event’s presenting sponsor. Officials stated Scotts’ partnership allowed the show to expand.

The preliminary performer lineup for the 2023 Columbus Air Show includes the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Marine Corps C-130 “Fat Albert,” The Ohio Air National Guard KC-135, B-17 Flying Fortress “Yankee Lady,” B-25 Mitchell “Rosie’s Reply,” C-47 Skytrain “Hairless Joe,” world aerobatic champion Rob Holland, and the Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car.

Also part of the show will be the Scotts Aviation Showcase, which will feature a number of “warbirds” vintage military aircraft participating each day in formation flying and on static display.

General public ticket sales begin in early August. There will be a variety of options including general admission and several limited quantity premium seating areas. Tickets will only be available online at

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As a civil–military public airport, Rickenbacker International Airport is also home to the Ohio Air National Guard’s 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio Army National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility No. 2, the U.S Army, Navy and Marine Corps Reserves, and the headquarters for the Ohio Military Reserve. Although the air show will be held on the civilian side of the facility, it is anticipated the local military units will be invited to have a presence at the show.

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