Night show, fly-in, Thunderbirds among features announced for next year’s air show

Night show, fly-in, Thunderbirds among features announced for next year’s air show

Published at 05:00 on Monday, September 26, 2022

Special for the American press

Updated show dates and attractions have been announced by the Chennault International Airshow, which is asking residents of southwest Louisiana to mark their calendars as it prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2023.

The new air show dates are May 19-21, 2023 at Chennault International Airport. This is a change from the June 2023 dates that were originally announced.

The US Air Force’s jet display squadron, the Thunderbirds, will headline the air show.

The move to the third weekend in May comes with more airshow announcements, including:

• The popular Friday night performance of years past has been reinstated. It’s a sleeker, after-hours version of the full-time daytime show, which focuses on fast planes passing over crowds.

• The air show “tailgate” arrangement – ​​one ticket per carload, not per person – will return in 2023. Spectators will watch the air show within the defined space of their vehicle. The arrangement was showcased at the last airshow and led to the airshow’s first-ever sold-out sale.

• Close-up displays of interesting aircraft will be parked near the tailgates.

• The food truck offer will be expanded.

• For the first time, private pilots will be able to fly and congregate in a reserved parking and viewing area. The new feature is a joint effort by the airshow and Chennault International Airport to support and promote general aviation. The new area will have more than 100 slots for planes and a dozen more for helicopters.

Tickets will go on sale in early 2023. They will be sold online only – and there will be no doorstep ticket sales for any of the three performances.

The Kia of Lake Charles Chennault International Airshow is a non-profit event organized by a volunteer Board of Directors, an “airshow army” of community volunteers and a professional airshow director. It has partnered with the airport, area law enforcement and other entities to run the air show on odd-numbered years since 2013.

Airshow president Bruce Beard said proceeds from the airshow help fund direct classroom grants to local teachers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. . The objective is to interest young people from all walks of life in studies and careers related to aviation.

Airshow director Mary Jo Bayles says the full roster of airshow performers will continue to grow in the coming months – especially after she and Beard led the airshow team’s visit to the Council of International Air Shows (ICAS) annual convention in December.

For updates on airshow performers and attractions as they are added, as well as notices early in the year when tickets go on sale, visit and the Chennault International Airport on Facebook.

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