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Air Display Teams Get Paid To Attend Airshows?  
User currently offlineSoundtrack From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 284 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3479 times:

I'm wondering if famous display teams get paid to attend shows, as they are often the main attraction.

Like the Thunderbirds attending Air Tattoo.

Or a team attending Oshkosh (private)?

Those air shows prize their marketing around famous teams, so does the US Military receive a fee if the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels attend a show?

Anyone welcome with their two sense.

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User currently offlineVzlet From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 854 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3475 times:

I don't think that military demos receive any direct financial compensation.

It may not directly answer your question because it deals with single-ship (rather than team) demos, but this document details the USAF requirements for participation in a show. I would think that the T-Birds/Blue Angels have similar logistical requirements.

"That's so stupid! If they're so secret, why are they out where everyone can see them?" - my kid
User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3465 times:

The teams have logistical requirements such as vehicles, hotel rooms, exercise facilities, etc. that need to be provided by the airshow.

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User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 2019 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3461 times:

Same with the snowbirds in Canada, they pay for fuel other then that they expect one big car for every two pilots a hotel room (not sure if its single or double occupancy) diesel (for smoke show) as well as others... Ill try and go find the link for you.

Edit: http://www.snowbirds.forces.gc.ca/site/hosting/hosting_e.asp This website is dealing with booking the team.. there are three annexes that deal with requirements.

[Edited 2007-04-26 15:22:05]

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User currently offlineJettaKnight From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3424 times:

Interesting read from the USAF Thunderbirds site:


Obviously, the 'Demonstration Fee' ($6,000 oer show) is more of a token than an attempt to cover actual costs. The document covers the responsibilities of the promoter for everything from team hotel rooms and rental cars to the specs for the smoke oil.

[Edited 2007-04-26 16:59:36]

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3253 times:

Indeed the teams do not get paid, certainly they don't make a profit.
Of course that's only true for the military teams, some of the commercial teams do get paid and make a profit.

Fees the military teams charge will mostly go towards insurance and covering actual cost of being on site, and even that's often carried by the team itself.
After all, they're promotional tools for their governments, trying to get people to join the armed forces and/or assisting in the sale of military equipment by showing off that equipment.

And then there's the people just showing off their aircraft, who do it for the joy of flying. They'll get fuel and a hot meal, maybe a hotel room for the night, and that's it.

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