Columbus Air Show is back

The Columbus Air Show will be held June 14-16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rickenbacker International Airport, 2241 John Circle Drive, Columbus.

The Columbus Air Show was reorganized as a newly formed show in 2023. The 2024 show will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as the headline performers. The event attracts more than 50,000 guests.

Event organizers recently announced the initial lineup of aircraft participating at this year’s show. The list is headlined by an array of modern military fighter aircraft, massive transport aircraft, and the hometown KC-135 from Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base.

“The Columbus Air Show is a family-friendly and immersive experience, in the air and on the ground,” said Herb Gillen, president of Herb Gillen Airships, producers of the event.

“Having as many static displays as we do gives people a chance to talk to the people who fly and maintain the aircraft, understand how the planes perform and their significance to the Air Force, Navy, Marine and Air National Guard bases.”

The full list of static aircraft includes:
• USAF KC-135 Stratotrainer – 121st AROW (Rickenbacker)
• USAF F-35A Lightning IHI 33rd FU (Eglon)
• USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon (x2) 112th FU (Toledo)
• USAF F-15C Eagle – 159th FU (New Orleans) (2)
• U.S. Navy F/A-18E – VFC-12 (NASH Oceana)
• USAF C-17 Globalister IIWI – 445th AW (Wright Patterson)
• USAF C-130 153rd AW (Cheyenne)
• USAF T-38 Talon (x2) – 509th BU (Whiteman)
• U.S. Navy T-6B Texan IHI (x4) – NASH Whiting
• C-47D “Hairless Joe”
• P-51 Mustang “By Request”
• B-25J Mitchell “Georgie’s Gal”
• Beech 18 “The Grimes Flying Laboratory”
• Dreaming Entertainment (F-18 “Toping Theme” Fighter Cockpit)
• PT-26 CAFE Buckeye Wing
• L-39
• Scottish Aviation Bulldog
• CAFE Minnesota Wing- Rise Above P-51 Mustang Red Tail

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Team and U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Demonstration Team lead a world-class lineup of performers who will take to the skies at the Columbus Air Show. In addition to the Ohio ANGI KC-135 Stratotrainer, other military aircraft flying will include two F-15 Eagles, the U.S. Air Force F-35A and World War IHI-era planes such as the F4U Corsair, P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang and many others.

The event will also feature Battlefield Europe, a WINI battle reenactment that will help commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day, as well as the second annual STOLA Drag Columbus Cup Air Races.

To keep up on the latest Columbus Air Show news, sign up online to be an “Air Show Insights” member on the show’s Web site. Subscribers are the first to receive news updates about the show, its performers and more.

Visit and the show’s social media channels for information.

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