ABC Newspapers | Discover Aviation Days canceled for 2017

The popular Discover Aviation Days at the Anoka County-Blaine Airport will not happen this year but will be back in 2018, according to the lead volunteer organizer of this show.

Discover Aviation Days typically happens on the first weekend of June. The 2017 show was canceled because show organizers were concerned it would be a lower quality due to competing for airplanes and exhibitors with the Duluth Air and Expo Show that will be happening the same weekend. File photo

Discover Aviation Days typically happens the first weekend of June and draws in all types of civilian and military aircrafts from different eras, but it also brings in organizations that can talk about aviation history with the general public. A swing dance amongst vintage aircrafts in the Golden Wings Museum is the nightcap on the Saturday evening of the weekend show.

Craig Schiller has been one of the organizers of Discover Aviation Days for the past 25 years. He believes the earliest show was in 1990 before he got involved.

While planning for the June 3-4, 2017, show, Schiller learned that the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo was going to be happening the same weekend and was bringing in the U.S. Navy Blue Angels to perform an aerial show. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are also confirmed for Duluth’s show.

Pilots and vendors they were accustomed to working with were starting to inform them that they would be going to Duluth instead of Blaine that weekend.

The Discover Aviation Days planning committee tried to find another weekend, but the key groups had scheduling conflicts on different weekends and eventually the board decided to cancel the 2017 show and focus on 2018, according to Schiller.

“We didn’t feel we could put on the caliber of show that people have grown accustomed to,” he said.

The Duluth Airshow typically happens every other year. Past shows have happened as early as May and as late as September.

This was supposed to be an off-year, but circumstances caused Duluth’s show to be scheduled for the first weekend in June this year.

Capt. Jodi Grayson, media director for the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo, said the Blue Angels canceled its 2014 appearance because of low cloud ceilings. The Duluth show organizers asked them to come back at a future date.

The Blue Angels make appearances all over the country. They are scheduled to be in New Orleans, Louisiana, the weekend of April 22-23.

The Miss Mitchell B-25 bomber that flew many successful missions during World War II is one notable plane that has been at Discover Aviation Days but will instead be going to Duluth the weekend of June 3-4. There are numerous other groups going to Duluth, which will be hosting aerobatic flying shows including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. File photo

Grayson said they don’t get to choose the dates when asking for the Blue Angels to come.

“It’s whatever fits into their schedule,” she said. “It’s very unfortunate Discover Aviation Days canceled their show. We know how…

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