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Lt. John “Toby” Keith and Lt. Jaime “Eeyore” Moreno of the Tactical Demonstration Team from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 were the stars of the 2016 Vero Beach Air Show. They burned up the skies over Indian River County flying their F/A-18 Hornets in the Blue Angels slot.
The Blues canceled their Vero Beach appearance and three other air shows following the death of their #6 colleague, Capt. Jeff Kuss, in a tragic accident in Smyrna, Tennessee, earlier in June. The AeroShell Aerobatic Team flew the missing man formation to the sound of “Taps” as Mike Goulian drew the number 6 in the sky as a memorial to Capt. Kuss.
Thousands turned out to enjoy the show which featured an outstanding line-up of all-star performers. Special attractions included a free Family Fun Zone for the kids and an amazing array of civilian and military aircraft, including a C-17, A-10s, and nearly 30 other planes to see and explore. The show was held the weekend of June 25-26 at the Vero Beach Regional Airport on the grounds used by our brave men and women during World War II, when it was known as the US Naval Air Station at Vero Beach.
Vero Beach is proud to have been chosen one of only 36 sites nationwide and the only site in central Florida where the Blue Angels were scheduled to perform this year. Our deepest sympathy goes to the family, friends, and Blue Angel colleagues of Capt. Kuss.
Vero’s air show featured a stellar line-up of air show acts, including Rob Holland, Chris Darnell and the Shockwave jet truck, Mike Goulian, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Kyle Franklin/Dracula, Greg Shelton, Wing Walker Ashley Key, Misty Blues All-Woman Jump Team, Jacquie Warda, and John Black. (Details on the Performers web page.)
2018 Dates TBA
The dates for the 2018 Vero Beach Air Show will be announced in early December 2016. Plan to attend for a weekend of excitement and thrills; you’ll have the time of your life and help support our worthy causes at the same time. Through our 501(c)3 charitable organization, proceeds of the show benefit our veterans of military service and the prevention of child abuse.
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