Oregon International Airshow, Hillsboro

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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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  • We LOVED our visit to the OIA. We were treated to a lot of planes - old and newer. The highlight was probably the Harrier and several F-22s. The hovering of the Harrier was a spectacle to behold. The ...  more »
  • Really good air show. One of the best I've seen. Temp was great this time of year. There is a hotel across the street. There is also a train stop nearby.  more »
  • This airshow has something for all ages, Multiple air acrobatics of famous teams from around the World that vary year to year. Many individual stunt pilots and endless static ground displays of airpla...  more »
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  • Hope the Blue Angels come back again soon. The air show needs better planning. Then I'll give them 5 stars.
  • Great events, packed with stuff to see and the performances in the sky are just awesome. I recommend.
  • A great time with boy scout troop 615 helping with it every year
  • They stretch it really far. Make sure to bring a lot of time and a chair. We didn't stay very long because you had to wait so long between each performance.
  • 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