Socially Distant Airshow raises $25,000 for airshow community
The Socially Distant Air Show was held online April 21-23, livestreamed over Facebook and YouTube. It served as a fundraiser for the International Council of Air Shows Foundation to help those who make their living through airshows during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through unique content and help from performers from around the world, the virtual airshow raised about $25,000 for the ICAS Foundation.
Fans from around the world tuned in for the live broadcast, including Pakistan, Canada, the Netherlands, France and Switzerland. More than 90 videos were submitted by airshow performers for the three-day fundraiser. Most of the videos were original content created exclusively for the Socially Distant Airshow.
Videos were submitted by the F-35 Demonstration Team, the SHOCKWAVE jet truck, a Belgian Air Force F-16 solo display, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Patty Wagstaff, Sean Tucker, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Michael Goulian, Adam Baker, Rob Holland, Bill Stein, Mike Wiskus, the Patrouille Suisse, the Czech Air Force’s Grippen jet fighter solo display, the Patrouille de France, and many more. Closing out the virtual show was a new video from the Thunderbirds — which was highly anticipated by viewers.
Besides the viewers who donated during the three days, there were four companies that made donations to the ICAS Foundation, essentially “sponsoring” a segment of the virtual airshow: Lockheed Martin, Geico, Lucas Oil Products, and Skies Magazine, a Canadian aviation magazine.