Open House at Martin State Airport
The Open House at Martin State Airport, located in Middle River, offers local Maryland foods, air show souvenirs, music, and lots to do including activities at the Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum. There will be a display of static aircraft at Martin State Airport. And, this year, there are many more teams flying in and out for the downtown Baltimore Air Show.
The Blue Angels, the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, will be based at Martin State Airport for the third time! The famed US Navy team will be joined this year by colleagues from the US Air Force and other services. The Royal Canadian Air Force will again participate with its specially painted CF-18 Hornet honoring the 75th Anniversary of the pan-Canadian effort to train aircrew for WWII.
Firsts for Martin State Airport
With more teams, more crew and more pilots, there will be more to see! The United States Air Force Heritage Flight will include: F-22, F-35 and P-51, for example. Also for the first time, Geico Skytypers and civilian aerobatic pilot Scott Francis, will fly out of Martin State Airport to perform over the Middle Branch River just off Fort McHenry in downtown Baltimore. All aircraft launch from and return to Martin State Airport. Check back for more Martin State Airport Firsts.
The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, located in Hangar 5, will be open to the public during the festival. The museum has more than a dozen aircraft, thousands of reels of motion picture films, plans, documents, research models, aircraft tools, and components, and a collection of more than 200,000 aviation and company photographs.
Not the Airshow but….where else can you get this close?
While spectators will not be able to see the air show from Martin State Airport, they will be able to see the Blue Angels jets on display and watch them and the other impressive acts take off and land at the airport. The Blue Angels pilots will also meet fans and sign autographs at the airport for approximately 30 minutes following the air show on Saturday and Sunday.
Bag and Security Policies
Updated bag and security policies are now available so please check this site before arriving at the Festival.
Martin State Airport’s Role as Home Base
Middle River’s Martin State Airport will play a key role in the air show by acting as home base for the Blue Angels flight team, the USAF Heritage Flight team, Royal Canadian Air Force and other performers.
Please Note: The Blue Angels’ air show will NOT be seen at the Martin State Airport Festival – the show will be performed over Fort McHenry in Baltimore City. None of the demo teams perform over Martin State Airport. Visitors to the Festival at Martin State Airport can see all the teams take-off, including the Blue Angels. Because of having additional flying teams, there will be a lot of launches and landings to watch ending with the Blue Angels who land at after the others teams have returned.