Skydivers from the Spanish air force will be targeting Fort Lauderdale Beach Park during the Lauderdale Air Show April 20-21. The appearance of Patrulla Acrobática Paracaidista del Ejército del Aire is in observance of Viva Florida 500, a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Spanish discovery of the region. The paratroopers are among the high-flying entertainment from noon-4 p.m. both days, including military aircraft demonstrations, low-altitude flyovers, parachute team jumps and civilian aerobatic performances.
Other featured acts include the U.S. Army Silver Wings parachute team, a U.S. Navy F-18 Hornet demo and stunt pilot Mike Wiskus with his Lucas Oil Pitts plane. In addition the GEICO Skytypers, piloting SNJ-2 World War II-era planes, will create vapor messages in the sky.
The aerial field of play extends offshore from Oakland Park Boulevard to Fort Lauderdale Beach Park (formerly South Beach Park), with Show Center just north of Sunrise Boulevard at the tunnel entrance to Birch State Park. Premium viewing ranges from a spot on the sand near Show Center to tiered seating and a VIP observation tent with a catered buffet lunch.
Tickets from $32-$214 per day (plus tax and ticket fee). Festivities include the Performer Welcoming Party April 18, Air Show Take Off Party April 19 and after parties on show days, starting at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Check the website for tickets and more information.
Lauderdale Air Show, April 20-21, 877-377-8499, lauderdaleairshow.com.