VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Navy today announced the cancellation of the 2020 Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana Air Show due to public health risks associated with COVID-19. Although there are no plans to reschedule, the Navy is currently considering available options to bring the best of Naval Aviation to fans virtually.
The NAS Oceana Air Show is the Navy’s premier aviation event in North America, drawing more than 250,000 spectators each year. Originating in 1953 and held nearly every year since 1962, the air show has received an unprecedented four Dick Schram Memorial Community Relations Awards from the International Council of Air Shows and the Military Child Education Coalition Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award. The last time the air show canceled was in 2013 due to budget shortfalls from sequestration.
“The air show brings aviation fans from all over the world each year,” said Capt. John Hewitt, Commanding Officer, NAS Oceana. “Unfortunately, the risks associated with large gatherings are too considerable to ensure absolute safety for our guests. While we won’t have the traditional show this year, we hope to still provide a unique experience virtually for our fans and our entire Hampton Roads community.”
“The health and safety of people who live, work and play in Virginia Beach remains our top priority,” said Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer. “The annual air show draws thousands of spectators to our great city each year, so it will be greatly missed. We eagerly look for its return next year as we continue to do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19.”
This decision is in line with the cancellation of other large-scale public and military events across the country. Sponsors, vendors and show partners are encouraged to follow updates on the NAS Oceana Air Show website (http://oceanaairshow.com) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OceanaAirShow).