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Cleveland National Air Show canceled in 2020 to ‘help prevent the spread of COVID-19’

The GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team, the leading vintage airshow performance squadron, fly six...
The GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team, the leading vintage airshow performance squadron, fly six WWII SNJ aircraft, the North American SNJ built for the Navy, the Air Forces T-6 variant. (Source: Cleveland National Air Show)
Updated: Jun. 12, 2020 at 10:38 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland National Air Show has been canceled for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement to cancel the Labor Day weekend event was made on Friday morning in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to comply with the state ban on large gatherings.

“After considering the health and safety of the thousands of people involved in the Air Show as well as the large crowds that gather outside the gates on beaches, buildings, parks, etc., the Executive Committee of the Cleveland National Air Show, Inc. Board of Trustees made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Air Show. Though regrettable, this action was necessary to protect the spectators, exhibitors, volunteers, vendors, performers, concessionaires, sponsors and employees.”

The annual air show, dating back to 1964 in Cleveland, attracts up to 100,000 visitors to Burke Lakefront Airport, making it one of the area’s largest events.

The 2021 Cleveland National Air Show featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds is still expected to take place as scheduled.

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