Officials cancel 2021 Tinker Air and Space Show due to pandemic
By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
The skies over Tinker Air Force Base will be a little quieter this summer.
Tinker Air Force Base officials Monday announced they have canceled the 2021 Tinker Air and Space Show due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement posted on Facebook, Col. Paul Filcek, wrote that the high number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma led to the difficult decision to cancel the event.
“We explored a number of alternatives, but after careful consideration, we simply cannot execute a worthwhile event that would not potentially endanger both the community and members of Tinker Air Force Base. We understand what the air show means to Tinker and the surrounding communities, making this decision difficult,” Filcek wrote.
The air show, previously known as the Star Spangled Salute, was scheduled for June 19-20. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were scheduled to headline the event.
The Tinker Air and Space Show includes several aerial acts, static displays, activities and vendor booths. The base hosts the show every other year.
A record crowd of about 300,000 people turned out for the last air show in 2019. It was the first time the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight team performed at the show since 2007.