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three planes flying together at the annual air show

30th Annual Salute to Veterans Celebration



This free (no admission, no parking fee) annual two-day Air Show and Parade is presented every Memorial Day weekend by Salute to Veterans Corporation to ‘recognize, honor, and thank all veterans and active duty members of the Armed Services of the United States of America and its Allies, past and present, both living and dead.’

The theme for the show this year is “Three Decades of Honoring and Remembering.” This year is also seeking to double the usual amount of military Honored Guests always headlining the show.

Starring in the airshow this year is the US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aerial demonstration team, returning from active duty to an airshow schedule for the first time in seven years! The last time this aircraft flew in Columbia was in 2010, just before they were grounded. It doesn’t stop there – keep your eyes on the skies, Boone County – the show is also welcoming back the US Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers and the Canadian Armed Forces Skyhawks parachute jump teams! They will be performing during the two-day airshow weekend, as well as jumping into the Columbia College R. Marvin Owens Soccer Stadium during the Salute to the Armed Forces Celebration at the end of the Memorial Day Parade.

The spectacular WWII de Havilland Vampire, the T-33 ‘Shooting Star’ jet, the breathtaking two-ship aerobatic performance of the Trojan Phlyers, and the 1948 Skyraider will all be at this year’s anniversary show, thrilling hearts both young and old as they zip across the skies in their tribute to those who served. This year’s celebration includes a Curtiss Jenny that is celebrating its 100th year of flight!

If you prefer a more hands-on experience, the P-3 Orion and the enormous P-8 Poseidon (never before seen at this airshow!) will be on display and open for tours throughout the show weekend. Come on out and say thank you with us on May 26th and 27th from 9am-4pm at the Columbia Regional Airport. Admission and parking are FREE, and open to all. Parking is limited, so guests are encouraged to use the shuttle buses provided at the MU Trowbridge parking lot in Columbia, or at the Jefferson City Airport. To close the weekend, the organization hosts an annual parade in downtown Columbia on Memorial Day at 10am.