Cheyenne Frontier Days Cancels This Year’s Airshow

By Shawn Patrick on February 8, 2023
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As we anxiously await a concert lineup announcement from Cheyenne Frontier Days, we got some unfortunate news that another staple event at the “Daddy of ‘Em All” has been canceled.

The 2023 Wings Over Warren airshow has been canceled after the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team canceled its appearance.

The Thunderbirds determined that performing in Cheyenne “carries too much risk with lack of an approved emergency landing airfield nearby,” F.E. Warren Air Force Base announced.

The airshow, which typically takes place during Cheyenne Frontier Days, had been scheduled for Wednesday, July 26. The Thunderbirds have been a staple of Cheyenne Frontier Days since their first demonstration in 1953. The team did not fly in 2020 due to cases of COVID-19 in the flight team.

“The closure of the large runway in Cheyenne is a key factor in this decision. After much discussion and consideration, cancelling the show for 2023 is the best way to ensure the safety of our community and the Thunderbirds,” said Col. Catherine Barrington, 90 MW commander. “While we are sad to discontinue our airshow, we understand the risk that comes with performing and are grateful to the Thunderbirds for their many years of support.”

In 2021 and 2022, the Thunderbirds flew their Cheyenne performance out of Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Loveland.

The 127th annual Cheyenne Frontier Days opens Friday, July 21, and runs through Sunday, July 30, in Cheyenne.

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