The fabled U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the most famous jet demonstration team in the history of aviation, will headline the Chennault International Airshow June 5-6, 2021. The team will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2021 and they will be flying a new model of their plane for the first time in 40 years.“We’re so excited to be hosting the rockstars of the airshow world,” said Airshow Executive Director Mary Jo Bayles.
The non-profit airshow, a local tradition, will be held at Chennault International Airport and will feature a special tribute in recognition of the 77th anniversary of D-Day. The event will also feature the Liberty Jump Team, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, racing pilot Kevin Coleman and Randy Ball’s MIG-17F. A new feature of the 2021 event will be food trucks.
Proceeds from the Chennault International Airshow benefit STEM education through grants to local science, technology, engineering and math educators. Kevin Melton, executive director of the airport and airshow president, said one of the main reasons for putting on the airshow is to use it as a vehicle to teach children about “the importance of aviation, how STEM plays into that and how important their education is.”
John Java’s Kia of Lake Charles is the airshow’s title sponsor.