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The Utterly Butterly wing-walking display team flying Boeing Stearman PT-17 biplanes

An airshow is an event at which aviators display their flying skills, normally to the public, but occasionally to invited guests, or employees and their families only.

Some airshows are held for commercial motives, gaining income from onlookers or from companies hoping to sell aircraft, but many are held to raise funds for charities. Usually they are arranged at airfields in which case a variety of static aircraft and helicopters might also be on view. Less often shows are held over the sea near coastal resorts. Where space allows, other entertainments and market stalls may add to the attractions on offer at an airshow. The better organised shows and those with longer flying displays will tend to be more expensive and sometimes discounts will be offered to those booking in advance.

Pleasure flights in aircraft (possibly historic types) and helicopters are offered at many airshows, normally before and after a continuous sequence of afternoon displays. Magazines aimed at aircraft enthusiasts will normally include a list of forthcoming airshows in their February, March or April editions. Shows at military bases are liable to be cancelled or postponed during periods of international tension.

Before the second world war, airshows were associated with long distance air races, often lasting many days and covering thousands of miles.

The 1930 National Air Show. Plane 21 is a Cessna monoplane belonging to Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940); and plane 22 behind it is a Viking Kitty Hawk biplane belonging to Nancy Hopkins (1909-1997)
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The 1930 National Air Show. Plane 21 is a Cessna monoplane belonging to Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940); and plane 22 behind it is a Viking Kitty Hawk biplane belonging to Nancy Hopkins (1909-1997)

Germany remains the only nation to ban airshows as a result of a disaster involving an aircraft collision.

The UK Battle of Britain flight: Hurricane, Lancaster and Spitfire
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The UK Battle of Britain flight: Hurricane, Lancaster and Spitfire
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Static airshows

A static airshow is a display of aircraft on the ground. No aerobatic flights are conducted although some aircraft may perform flybys (low passes, usually over the runway). Most airshows combine static displays with aerobatic flights.

Major airshows

The two largest air and aerospace trade shows are:

In addition to displays for the general public, these two shows have important showcases and display halls for professionnals. They are traditionally one of the main occasions when major aerospace players announce deals.

Other notable airshows

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