Friday, January 22, 2016

Air show officials announce date change for summer show to August 5-7

Organizers of the Oregon International Air Show have changed the dates for this year's show to Aug. 5 to 7.

The date change was announced on Friday, Jan. 22. Officials said the change was to do a scheduling change for the Breitling Jet Team, the 2016 air show headline performers.

The Breitling team recently informed show officials that they have an engagement in Europe that prevents them from arriving in the U.S. in time for the originally scheduled show dates.

The show had originally been set for July 22 to 24.

“At our air show, just like at all shows across the U.S. and around the world, jet teams are the headliners — the stars of the show,” said Oregon International Air Show President Bill Braack. “They draw spectators and put on the biggest, awe-inspiring performances — just like Breitling Jet Team does. This schedule change gives our attendees the best show experience we can offer.”

Customers who have purchased tickets are being contacted by the air show to make arrangements for an exchange, or to receive a refund if unable to attend.

This year is Breitling's first-ever performance at the Oregon International Air Show. The team is known internationally for tight formation flying in seven black and gold Aero L-39 Albatross jets.

Breitling's first-ever tour of North America took place in 2015. This year is the conclusion of the team’s tour across the U.S. and Canada before it returns to Europe full-time at the end of the air show season.

“The Breitling’s performance is compelling and well choreographed and represents a unique opportunity for air show fans to see them before they head overseas,” Braack said.

The theme for 2016 show — “Heroes of the Pacific” — commemorates the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the show will feature a number of aircraft that were active in the Pacific Theatre during WWII.

The annual air show is held each summer at the Hillsboro Airport. 3355 NE Cornell Road.

Tickets for the air show are on sale at


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