The Air Show Downtown Baltimore
The Air Show on October 15 and 16, 2016 will feature precision flight demonstrations from the US Navy, US Air Force, US Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Air Force, Geico Skytypers, Scott Francis Airshows and more over a two-and-a-half-hour period between approximately 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. over Fort McHenry.
The finale is a 45-minute demonstration by the Blue Angels. According to the U.S. Navy, the closest the Blue Angels will fly to each other is 18 inches during the Diamond 360 maneuver. The fastest speed is about 700 mph (just under Mach 1) and the slowest speed is about 120 mph, both flown by the solo pilots during the show.
Air Show Performances
The acts will perform each day in the following order: Scott Francis MXS; USCG SAR Demo HH-65; P-8 Poseidon; Raptor Demo F-22; Heritage Flight F-22, F-35, P-51; Geico Skytypers; RCAF CF-18; Blue Angels F-18.
For those who want to head downtown to see the air show, you will have access to several public viewing sites, including Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Med-Star Harbor Hospital, Canton Waterfront Park and many other spots along the water.
By water, public viewing sites along the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River are limited, and in some areas, recreational boating traffic will be restricted while the show is in progress.
But you can view the air show from the water by joining the Blue Angels Foundation on the John Brown Liberty Ship for a catered meal and Blue Angels Air Show narration provided by a Team Alumni. The famous Liberty Ship will be berthed convenient to I-95. Or consider taking a cruise like Watermark Cruises on the Bay or Spirit Cruises.
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore
The air show is part of “Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore.” A dozen Navy ships from the U.S. and Canada will arrive in Baltimore's harbor, bringing thousands of sailors to the region. Activities will include free on-board tours of ships, crew sporting competitions, community service projects, educational activities and more.
Open House at Martin State Airport
Also on Sat., Oct. 15 and Sun., Oct. 16, Martin State Airport will open its gates to visitors. While the air show itself takes place over Baltimore City, visitors to Martin State Airport can watch take offs and landings, see aircraft up close, talk to the people "behind the scenes" who are passionate about aviation and enjoy a festival environment. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Martin State Airport is the only place where Blue Angels will sign autographs (for about 30 minutes once they land for that day).
Fleet Week Festival at the Inner Harbor
Thurs., Oct. 13 through Sun., Oct. 16, a Festival will take place at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
For details on the festival, click here.