Oregon International Airshow, Hillsboro

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3.7/5 based on 65 reviews on the web
The Oregon International Air Show is an annual event held at the Hillsboro Airport in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States. The event began in 1988, and has an annual attendance of 65,000. It is the largest civilian air show on the West Coast of the United States. Profits from the show are distributed to local charities. The air show includes static displays as well aerobatic maneuvers.HistoryThe air show began as part of the annual Portland Rose Festival in 1988. Early names of the event included the Maxwell House Rose Festival Airshow and the U.S. Bank Rose Festival Airshow, and the event was held in June or July. The 1989 event, held in June, drew 296,000 spectators. In 1991, during a performance an aircraft wing walker had to be lowered into a speeding truck on the runway as the plane flew just above the ground after the performer had become entangled. The 1992 show included both the Blue Angels and a flight team from Russia flying SU-27s. This show marked the first time in post Cold War history that a former Soviet flight team performed in the U.S. The show had a three-day total of 122,000 visitors. The 1993 show was the first show that had rain during the event, and had a fly-over by an F-117A stealth fighter.In 2002 the Rose Festival and the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce ceased their association with the annual event and organizers formed a non-profit group to continue the show as the Oregon International Airshow. In 2004 the United States Navy’s aerial demonstration team, the Blue Angels performed at the show, and 88,000 people attended the three-day show. The next year 77,000 were in attendance when the headline act was the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
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  • Pros: Breitling Jet Team Cons: Everything else Unfortunately, this show was overrated and under performed. $10 to park, $25 admission fee and more if you include food or drinks. They wouldn't allow an...  read more »
  • People who live underneath the hellish noise are not as excited by the aerobatics as crazies who live far enough away to enjoy the whole thing and then leave town. 
  • We really enjoyed are day at the air show, the french guys were really good and the Speacial Forces Parchute team was sick! 
  • Not the best I've seen not any big performers ,aircraft display was terrible rather just gone to a small airport with my own bottled water (can not bring your own ) ,looks like someone getting greedy.
  • The airshow itself was a good event. The condiments, particularly water, could be less, they are making a real profit taking advantage of the 98° temperature and don't even allow viewers to bring in their own water. $2.00 for a bottle of Costco water they probably paid
  • Always a fun, well organized event.
  • Excellent place to see amazing aircraft
  • Very disappointed in the way this show was organized. There were so many reservation options that it was confusing just what one was getting. We thought we had seats, but did not. Did not bring chairs because we believe there was a seat somewhere. Consequently, we had to wander up and down the flightline in the sweltering heat which was the root problem. We ended up milling around under the Intel canopy, trying to avoid getting into anyone's way. There was a charge for EVERYTHING! Obviously, this was a pure money-making enterprise. The static aircraft were spread out over a large area, separated by vast expanses of flightline. In the heat, this was problematic. The beer garden had been booked up in advance, so there was no shelter to be had there, either! I attended the airshow at Fairchild AFB outside Spokane last year. The Air Force production was far superior, and it was obvious that it was intended to showcase the aircraft and not wring money out of the attendees! Sadly, the heat on Sunday and lack of opportunities for cover resulted in our leaving a couple of hours before the Blue Angels' performance...the primary reason for attending! I think Intel and other sponsors need to reassess the reason for such a monetary focus. I have always had the highest regard for products with the Intel label. Unfortunately, I now have a new association with that name and it isn't positive!
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