Welcome to the offical site of the 2023 NAS Oceana Air Show!
Saturday, September 16 & Sunday, September 17
A message from NAS Oceana’s Commanding Officer, Captain Steve Djunaedi:
We are proud to offer the 2023 NAS Oceana Air Show, featuring the Navy’s premiere flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels; the F-35C II Lightning Demonstration Team; and the F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team! The NAS Oceana Air Show is our chance to give back to our military families and our community. This year, we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the country and around the world to come onboard the Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base, experience the wonder of flight firsthand, and meet the exceptional men and women of naval aviation.
This year’s theme, 50 Years of Women in Naval Aviation, pays tribute to all the Navy’s women trailblazers, from “The First Six” to earn their Wings of Gold in 1973, to the brave women who have since chosen to serve their Nation in the skies. Our Nation and our Navy is stronger because of their service.
About Naval Air Station Oceana
For 80 years, NAS Oceana, Dam Neck Annex, and NALF Fentress have provided world-class support to Navy and Joint operating forces. What began as a remote military auxiliary landing field, Oceana rose to meet the tremendous demands on naval aviation during World War II and beyond, as the City of Virginia Beach grew up around it. Today, the Navy’s East Coast Master Jet Base is the second largest employer in the City of Virginia Beach, and is a proud member of the Hampton Roads community.
The airfields of NAS Oceana and NALF Fentress represent strategic resources within America’s Navy. One of nine Class IV Naval airport systems in the Navy, and one of the busiest airports in the entire region, NAS Oceana on a typical day supports about 600 operations for 17 squadrons and four Carrier Air Wings. Our Air Traffic Controllers work 10,000 cubic miles of airspace providing safe and expeditious flow of air traffic. Our terminal supports an average of 520 Navy Air Logistics Office requests, accounting for an average of 21,000 passengers, 1,200,000 pounds of baggage, and 850,000 pounds of cargo. The transient line supports 1,800 transient aircraft annually.
Meanwhile, Dam Neck Annex is home to numerous training schoolhouses and Joint commands, and services 15,000 Sailors yearly.
NAS Oceana is currently implementing Future Base Design, an innovative initiative to modernize installation capabilities, enhance resiliency, and reduce total ownership costs and footprint. By partnering with local, state, and industry entities in identifying mutually beneficial cooperative partnerships to meet capability requirements, Future Base Design execution will increase installation resiliency and effectiveness in direct support of warfighter readiness, mission priorities.
The NAS Oceana team proudly maintains its unwavering dedication to the “Fleet, Fighter, and Family” with a commitment to sailor support and customer service, which extends into our neighboring communities through highly cooperative outreach initiatives like the NAS Oceana Air Show.
Celebrating 50 Years of Women in Naval Aviation at the 2023 NAS Oceana Air Show!
In 1973, the first eight women began flight school in Pensacola, and one year later, six of those eight women earned their Wings of Gold. This year, we pay tribute to all the Navy’s women trailblazers, from “The First Six,” to the exceptional women who have since chosen to serve their Nation in the skies. Today, our women aviators project power from the sea, in every type, model, and series aircraft. They fly and fight in all strike missions; hunt submarines; protect the integrity of our nuclear triad; supply essential cargo and personnel to every corner of the globe; and rescue those in distress at sea and ashore.
They command aircraft carriers, carrier air wings, squadrons, and missions to space. Our Nation and our Navy is stronger because of their service. The NAS Oceana Air Show is a way for us to inspire the next generation of leaders, because you never know who will walk away from that special weekend believing that they, too, can dream big and Fly Navy.