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Columbus Air Show 2024

One of the largest events in Central Ohio

Dates: June 14-16, 2024

Columbus Air Show makes its grand return to Central Ohio from June 14 to 16, at Rickenbacker International Airport. After captivating audiences for years, the event was on hiatus from the mid-1990s until 2023. This year, the air show continues to delight and inspire, embodying the spirit of aviation excellence. It promises to be one of the largest air shows in the region, showcasing a spectacular lineup of historic and modern military aircraft.

Performances and Experiences

The heart-pounding spectacle of aviation awaits as renowned performers take to the skies. Headlining the show is the world-famous United States Air Force Thunderbirds. The Ohio Air National Guard's KC-135 Stratotanker and the U.S. Navy's F/A-18 Super Hornet Demonstration Team are joining them along with other impressive acts. Visitors will have the opportunity to witness historic aircraft such as the C-47 Skytrain and the iconic B-17 Flying Fortress.

The air show offers more than just thrilling performances. Attendees can explore the CAF Rise Above Exhibit, a mobile theater sharing stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Additionally, visitors can experience flights on restored historic aircraft from the Yankee Air Museum.

Columbus Cup

Bringing the excitement of Short Takeoff/Landing (STOL) Drag Racing, the Columbus Cup will be showcasing one of the fastest-growing motorsports in the world. As part of a national series of races across North America, the Columbus stop sets the stage for intense competition. Scheduled for June 14 to 16, the event kicks off with preliminary heats on Friday and Saturday, culminating in the exciting Racing Finals on Sunday. Pilots navigate a designated straight track, executing precise landings and turns to vie for victory. With markers set along the 2000ft (610m) course, competitors showcase their skills in a high-speed showdown unlike any other.

Ticket Details

Columbus Air Show general admission tickets are priced at $65 for adults, with free entry for children aged 15 and under. Guests are advised to purchase their tickets and parking passes online in advance, as entry tickets and on-site parking will be limited.

Premium Options

For an elevated experience, premium seating options such as the Premium Box Seats, Mustang Club, Aces Club, and Rickenbacker Club offer exclusive amenities and unparalleled views of the aerial displays. From reserved seating and catered meals to access to non-public facilities, these packages provide guests with top-notch hospitality throughout the event.

Parking and Traffic

The standard rate for general parking is $35; however, attendees can maximize their savings by using discount offers online. Please note that prices for both general admission tickets and parking passes progressively rise with each ticket sold. Expect increased traffic during peak hours, with law enforcement officers assisting in directing traffic and ensuring safety along key intersections.


Gates open at 9 am each day of the event, with the show concluding at 5 pm. While specific performance times may vary, visitors can anticipate a full day of entertainment and excitement. Please check the official website for any schedule updates and additional information.

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