The Great American Airshow

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December 2012

IN A TOUGH ECONOMY, AIRSHOWS ARE STILL RIDING A WAVE OF POPULARITY.

There are now more than 325 airshows held each year across North America drawing millions of spectators. This year, airshow promoters expect attendance numbers of 10 to 12 million which illustrates that even in a recession, airshow attendance is strong. Why? Airshows are one of the best entertainment values around.

Consider a trip to Disneyland. Tickets for a family of two adults and two children to step through the gates of the Magic Kingdom total just over $250, and that’s before you get a mouse-eared beanie or have lunch outside the Country Bear Jamboree. Add in a hotel room at the end of your monorail ride and, well, you get the picture.

The average cost of an airshow in the United States is $12, and many are absolutely free. It is all part of a continuing love affair Americans have had with those magnificent men and women and their flying machines that dates back literally to the dunes of Kill Devil Hills.

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