About the Airshow
World-class aircraft and high-flying thrills will be featured as the 2021 Kia of Lake Charles Chennault International Airshow offers what it calls “the most powerful lineup in our history.”
The event takes place June 5-6 at Chennault International Airport.
The Airshow will feature:
- The world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron. Formed in 1946, it’s the nation’s oldest formal aerobatic team. The Blue Angels jets are flown by world-class demonstration pilots. The “Blues” still employ many of the same practices and techniques used in the inaugural 1946 season — and have performed for more than half a billion spectators since their first flight. The Blue Angels’ mission is “to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.”
- The F-22 “Raptor,” one of the U.S. Air Force’s premier fighter jet planes. The Lockheed Martin F-22 “Raptor” is a twin-engine, single-seat stealth tactical fighter aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. While it was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, the aircraft also has ground attack, electronic warfare, and signal intelligence capabilities. The Raptor was a local favorite at the 2019 Airshow. It performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force.
- A nostalgic, patriotic tribute the Liberty Jump Team, because this year’s Airshow coincides with the 77th anniversary of D-Day. The Liberty Jump Team is known around the world for performing military-style, static-line parachute jumps in vintage World War II C-47 aircraft. Most team members are former military parachutists. Their jumps and ground display perpetuate the history of the U.S military, honor our veterans, and remember the sacrifice of those who never returned.
- The U.S. Navy Leap Frogs and U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute teams.
- Nostalgic flights and aerobatic thrills from aircraft of all types, sizes and eras.
Explore this website for a complete rundown of performers.
Proceeds from the Airshow are used to support interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Southwest Louisiana schools. That means programs, outreach at the classroom level, grants, college scholarships visits by aviation professionals to local schools.
Tips for attendees
- Lake Charles weather typically is hot and humid. Comfortable shoes and clothing, as well as sunscreen, sunglasses and head cover, are recommended as there are no indoor facilities.
- Ear protection is recommended, especially for children. The Chennault International Airshow’s aerial and pyrotechnical performances variously produce loud noises, smoke and flame.
- Food truck vendors will be set up throughout the grounds. You may also bring food and drinks (no glass containers!) in ice chests.
- Pets are not allowed. Service animals are permitted, but please note the show includes loud noises.
- No airborne drones, skateboards, bicycles, or rollerblades.
- Traffic leaving Chennault International Airport after the Airshow is very heavy and long delays may occur. Plan accordingly. Please take your time leaving the Airshow and visit some of the food truck vendors before you leave. Make sure you take that last restroom break before you sit in traffic!
- Bag up all your trash when you leave —and take it with you.
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