The 2021 air show at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base will be postponed from April to early November due to COVID-19 concerns, the base said Friday.
Normally held biennially in the spring, the Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona Open House & Airshow has been rescheduled for Nov. 6-7 at D-M.
The free public event will be headlined by the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, as well as the A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team, featuring the ground-attack jet that forms a major mission at D-M.
Col. Joseph Turnham, commander of D-M’s host 355th Wing, said the event was rescheduled to keep the base’s airmen and local residents safe from COVID-19.
The D-M air show is held every other year, and the 2021 event was previously scheduled for April 24-25.
Additional details regarding COVID-19 mitigation measures, other demonstration team participation and how to attend will be made available closer to the event date, D-M said.
D-M’s last air show was held in March 2019 and featured flying demos including The Thunderbirds, the A-10 demo team, F-22 stealth fighters and the U.S. Air Force Academy Parachute Team, along with ground displays of more than 30 fixed-wing and rotary aircraft including the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter.