Hill AFB air show will return in June 2022

The popular biennial event was canceled last year.

Leah Hogsten | Salt Lake Tribune file photo U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, The Thunderbirds F-16 Fighting Falcons, do their thing at the 2016 Hill Air Force Base Warriors Over The Wasatch open house and air show June 2, 2016. The biennial event was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic but is scheduled to return in June 2022.

Hill Air Force Base • After it was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials at Hill Air Force Base say their biennial air show will be back next year.

Lt. Col. Jay Michaels, commander of Hill’s 75th Operations Support Squadron, said the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air and Space Show will take place in 2022 and has been scheduled for June 25-26.

A decades-long Northern Utah tradition, the air show takes place every other year, and it’s one of the largest aerial demonstrations in the country. It’s the largest single event in Utah, with attendees traveling from all over the United States and Canada. During the show, the normally secure base opens its gates to the public and tens of thousands of visitors converge on the installation’s flight line. During the 2018 show, base officials estimated more than 565,000 visitors attended the two-day performance — a number that was about 15,000 more than the show’s previous attendance record of 550,000.

Though the next show is still a year away, Michaels said planning has already begun.

“With everything that’s gone on over the past year (with the pandemic), we’re expecting even bigger crowds,” Michaels said.

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