2012 Cleveland National Air Show

August 25, 2012 2:00 PM

(credit: CBS Radio)

Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport
1501 N. Marginal Road
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 781-0747

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Hours: Sat, Sept. 1 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun, Sept. 2 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Mon, Sept. 3 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: $12 to $30/free children ages 5 and younger/$15 parking

The Cleveland National Air Show demonstrates the best in aerial stunts, parachuting and jet aerial dancing. Along with the live aerial entertainment, this event offers ground demonstrations of aerospace equipment and state-of-the-art naval systems, including submarines and tanks. Enjoy weapons demonstrations, including explosives. Some of the aerial shows include stunts by the popular U.S. Naval Blue Angels, legendary Sean D. Tucker & Sky Soldiers, the U.S. Golden Knights Parachute Team and Cobra Helicopter Team. Other amazing stunts by Mike Goulian, Jane Wicker Wing Walkers and B-17 Flying Fortress Yankee Lady promise an all-around exciting time. This year’s event will also offer a Kids Zone, which will include interactive exhibits.

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Events Surrounding the Show

Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner
Aug. 27 to Sept. 4

During the air show, Cleveland will be one of many cities, during this three-year tour, to celebrate the Bicentennial of War 1812. During the War of 1812, Francis Key dined aboard one of the British ships and was present to help negotiate the release of prisoners. During his stay, Key watched American forces bombarded at Fort McHenry in the Battle of Baltimore. Key saw the American flag waving during the battle and wrote “Defence of Fort McHenry,” which was later set to music with “When the Warrior Returns.” This patriotic piece later become known as “The Star Spangled Banner” and the National Anthem. To help celebrate this event, Naval ships that have been preserved for more than 200 years will anchor on shore for your enjoyment and perusal.

U.S. Navy Week
Aug. 27 to Sept. 4

Bring your patriotism to the air show by participating in the annual Navy Week, which demonstrates the daily activities and life on a naval ship. Tour each ship, visit sailors, speak with active duty members and more importantly, feel like you are a part of history. Celebrate alongside more than 1,000 sailors at no less than five Naval ships docked at shore.


Grovewood Tavern & Wine Bar
17105 Grovewood Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44110
(216) 531-4900

If you are a little tired of festival food and would enjoy a more satisfying meal, Grovewood Tavern offers a wide variety menu items including sandwiches, salads, seafood, meat entrees and desserts. For something unique and delicious, choose from yakitori, a Japanese barbecue, quackitori, a seared duck breast, cherry duck or voodoo chicken. Reservations are recommended on the weekends.

Fat Guy’s Bar & Grill
5517 Memphis Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
(216) 351-7526

Fat Guy’s offers more than just delicious appetizers, salads, sandwiches, dinners and daily specials, it offers fun nightlife. With two pool tables, five dart boards, a jukebox, big-screen TVs for sports and Keno, everyone gets in on the action here. On Friday and Saturday nights a DJ plays classical rock, with plenty of room for dancing.

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Stone Gables Bed and Breakfast
3806 Franklin Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
(877) 215-4326

Price: $125 to $150

If you’re staying in town for the show, Stone Gables offers just the right style. Only five minutes from the Air Show, your visit is guaranteed to be relaxing and unique. This bed and breakfast offers private bathrooms, satellite television and high-speed Internet. Pricing and ammenities depend on the room you choose, and may include a homemade breakfast. If not, be sure to purchase a delicious breakfast separately. Reservations are required. Book your room within two weeks of your stay.

Danielle Coots has been writing since 1996. She has published short stories and articles in many publications. Danielle loves being active in the community and providing quality information regarding current and upcoming events in the Cleveland area. She will be covering topics of travel & outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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