Air show at Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha canceled

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


Officials with Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha say the base’s popular annual air show and open house set for next summer has been canceled.

The base’s 55th Wing sent a news release Wednesday announcing the cancellation of the 2017 Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show, which had been scheduled for July 1-2. The Navy’s Blue Angels precision fighter jet team was to headline the show.

Col. Marty Reynolds, 55th Wing commander, cited increased demands for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the cancellation.

The last time the base canceled the show was in 2015 for runway repairs.