Stuart Air Show Returns to Satisfy the Need for Speed

The annual celebration of American aeronautics and aviation returns to the skies above Witham Field November 11-13

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Photo by Rebecca King Ferraro/Digital Marketing Management
Photo by Rebecca King Ferraro/Digital Marketing Management

Keep your eyes trained above Witham Field November 11-13 for an awe-inspiring weekend of sky performances and aerobatic feats by some of the country’s most talented aviators. The 2022 Stuart Air Show flies back into town to celebrate American aeronautics at its finest with performances by Friends of Army Aviation, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, U.S. Navy Tailhook Legacy Flight featuring Jim Tobul and his rare Corsair, the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, and more. Here, Inez van Ravenzwaaij, the Stuart Air Show’s new executive director and a founding member of Stuart-based Southeast Florida Honor Flight, highlights three can’t-miss experiences.  

Rebel With a Cause. As a woman, I’m super excited to have a female fighter pilot on one of the jet demo teams. Captain Aimee “Rebel” Fiedler, a military pilot and commander of the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team, will be flying to inspire the next generation of young women to reach for the stars.  

Photo by Matt Haskel
Photo by Matt Haskel

Big Comeback. I’m always asked, “When are the F/A-18’s coming back?” Well, I’m happy to report the U.S Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 106, also known as Gladiators, are returning after a five-year hiatus and are bringing the F-18 Super Hornet Rhino with them for a jaw-dropping, power-packed performance. 

Powerful Tribute. In July, the air show industry lost Chris Darnell, a Shockwave jet truck driver who performed here in 2021. This year, his teammate Mark Smith will race the world’s fastest jet-powered semi down the runway in honor of Darnell’s memory. 

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