55th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 19, 2019
The 2019 Defenders of Freedom Air & Space Show has been cancelled due to flooding that has damaged many buildings on the Southern half of Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Recovery operations are currently underway and clean up will soon begin. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rachelle Blake)
The 2019 Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show has been cancelled.
While the 55th Wing and our partner units are fully mission-capable, the recent flooding event affecting much of Nebraska has made hosting this year’s annual event untenable.
“The scope of this historic disaster has touched nearly every aspect of Nebraska including Offutt Air Force Base,” Col. Michael Manion, 55th Wing commander, said. “Assessing the impact to the base is ongoing and we will recover, but it is obvious it will be some time before we can return to normal operations or have the capacity to host an event like an air show and open house. We sincerely enjoy opening our gates to the public and appreciate the tremendous support we get from Bellevue, Omaha and the surrounding communities and are committed to continuing the open house and air show at the next available opportunity.”
No dates for future Defenders of Freedom shows have been set at this time. Anyone who has purchased premium “Flight Deck” seating will receive a full refund and no action is required by the purchasers.
For more information, call the 55th Wing Public Affairs office at (402) 294-3663.