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Navy cancels 2020 NAS Oceana Air Show due to COVID-19, considering virtual options

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Posted at 1:22 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 13:22:52-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Navy announced Monday the cancellation of the 2020 Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana Air Show due to COVID-19.

The Navy says while although there are no plans to reschedule, they are considering virtual options.

The NAS Oceana Air Show draws more than 250,000 spectators each year.

The air show originated in 1953 and held nearly every year since 1962. The last time the air show canceled was in 2013 due to budget shortfalls from sequestration.

It also has received four Dick Schram Memorial Community Relations Awards from the International Council of Air Shows and the Military Child Education Coalition Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award.

“The air show brings aviation fans from all over the world each year,” said Capt. John Hewitt, Commanding Officer, NAS Oceana. “Unfortunately, the risks associated with large gatherings are too considerable to ensure absolute safety for our guests. While we won’t have the traditional show this year, we hope to still provide a unique experience virtually for our fans and our entire Hampton Roads community.”

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