2019 Flying Proms Airshow

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Our 9th Annual Flying Proms Symphony Airshow

Join us June 15, 2019 for our Flying Proms Airshow at the Military Aviation Museum!

Experience a musical spectacle unlike anything you’ve ever seen at the Flying Proms Symphony Airshow! This one of a kind event in America, inspired by a rich British tradition, features a full symphonic orchestra playing to the flights of vintage warbirds. With themes grabbed from the most popular of aviation and adventure films, listen to these classic cinematic scores as our aircraft perform aerial maneuvers they only hoped to achieve on the big screen. As the sun sets, and the aircraft take their stations alongside the crowd, the orchestra continues into the night with a selection of patriotic melodies in celebration of our nation’s history. The final overture is punctuated with a grand fireworks display, the perfect end to a magical evening.

This outdoor concert and airshow is the perfect opportunity for a picnic, family outing, or an experience with friends. Beyond the music and flying, enjoy your favorite wine or beer, wander through the museum’s rare and vast collection of vintage aircraft, and enjoy some of the new experiences at the Flying Proms, including the VIP chalet sponsored by Atlantic Shores. Join us for this utterly unique experience!

What is The Flying Proms?

The Flying Proms Symphony Airshow, a unique experience in America, has its roots in mid 18th century England. At that time, English commoners rarely had the opportunity to experience live orchestral music, except that which was played in public London gardens and parks. These symphonic concerts were designed so that people could enjoy the music while strolling through the gardens, and were referred to as Promenade Concerts, from the French se promener “to walk” (now lovingly referred to as the Proms). The popular British tradition took its more recognizable form in 1895, when the first Promenade Concert was held in the Queen’s Hall in London. Its first conductor, a young Henry Wood, would continue to lead the orchestra until his death in 1944.

The Promenade Concert endured, and even after the falling bombs of the German Blitz crushed the Queen’s Hall, the orchestra played on and continues to this day. In 1997, a new tradition was born. The Shuttleworth Collection, a prominent aviation museum in Bedfordshire, England, took the beloved British traditional Promenade Concert and put a distinctly aeronautical spin on it. Bringing the concert back to the outdoors in the original spirit of the day, the museum added a flying demonstration set to the music of famous aviation themed movies. The conclusion of the concert is punctuated by a grand fireworks display, reminiscent of the original Promenade Concerts held so many centuries ago in those London Gardens.

Going as a group?

The ultimate way to enjoy the Flying Proms is with your very own private chalet! See our private chalet page for more information!

Want to ride in a Warbird?

Plane rides are available. Take a ride in our Boeing Stearman or Waco! See our plane rides page for more information!

Flying Proms Tasting Room

Experience the all new Flying Proms tasting room with Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, founded in 2013 within the historic Cavalier Hotel.  Sample their signature three year high rye bourbon, nine year single barrel bourbon, 100% Virginia corn vodka, and other fine spirits.
See the Tarnished Truth website for more information about the distillery. Cheers!

Flying Proms FAQ's

Yes! If you’re interested in volunteering for the air show, please contact Mitchell Welch at events@aviationmuseum.us. If you’d like to join us as a regular volunteer, please contact Warren Curd at volcoord@aviationmuseum.us.

As with all of our events involving our aircraft, flights are subject to weather conditions. No refunds are available for tickets, but most of the time, if one day gets rained out, your ticket will be valid for the next day. In the event of severe weather please be sure to check this website and the Museum’s Facebook page for notices rescheduling.

On-site parking is available at no cost. If needed, overflow parking will be available nearby. Please carpool if able. We can accommodate just about any vehicle for parking, but if you think you have a special need, please do not hesitate to call us at 757-721-7767.

A limited amount of handicapped marked spaces will be available and golf carts are available to take guests needing assistance to the viewing areas.

Absolutely. All parking is off the pavement, but we have a designated area under our water tower with wood blocks for your kickstands.

Bring your picnic baskets, blankets, lawn chairs, camera, binoculars, bug spray, and money for food and souvenirs. There will be an ATM on-site.

Yes, you can bring a cooler, but absolutely NO alcohol may be brought in. We will ask to look in the cooler. We do our best to bring in a variety of quality vendors and would appreciate you supporting them at the event.

No outside alcohol is allowed at this event. Beer & Wine will be available for purchase.

No devices which create flame or heat are allowed at this event, including tiki torches, grills of any kind, fireworks etc.

No, nothing that might obstruct the views of other guests.

Sorry, Service animals only.