Vzlet From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 827 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2104 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
ZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1942 posts, RR: 7 Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2090 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.
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.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1882 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.