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Jets over Kentucky: Lebanon the site for world’s largest remote control jet show July 9-16

The World’s Grandest Jet event rolls, loops and spins its way over the skies of Lebanon when the 13th annual Jets Over Kentucky Week gets underway.

Scheduled for July 9 to 16 at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport, the largest remote control jet show on the planet features 200 pilots from around the world, an aerobatic jet show, private plane tent tours and more. Watch a video that shares peek into the exhilarating fun and excitement of this event, then click into the Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission to see full event details.

Casual fans and remote control jet enthusiasts alike will recognize many of the planes at this year’s Jets Over Kentucky: F-15s, F-4 Phantoms, B-1 Bomber, A10, F-18 Super Hornet, BAE Hawk, F-100, Stealth Fighter Jet – even an SR-71 spy plane that is over 13-feet-long and valued at $100,000. New this year are two 14-foot-long F-104 Star Fighters and a scale F-100 Super Sabre.

Opening ceremonies take place at noon on July 15, followed by the Fighter Jet Showdown, a full-scale aerobatic jet show including high speed passes, 9G turns and simulated bomb runs.

On Friday and Saturday, look-but-don’t-touch tours of the private plane tents will be offered by some of the pilots. Visitors will see planes ranging in price from $20,000 to $100,000.

The Parade of Lights takes place Friday evening, a unique spectacle wherein the jets turn on their lights and travel in parade formation down the tarmac. An hour-long fireworks display follows the parade.

“Saturday features a big air show that represents the latest and greatest our armed services have today,” said Lewis Patton, Jets coordinator.

Throughout the week, spectators are invited to watch the pilots practice and perform their warm-up routines. Pilots from the U.S., Spain, Asia, Iceland and Europe are coming to this year’s event, along with pilots from Canada and Mexico.

Merchandise vendors from the U.S. will again be joined by international vendors from England, Germany and Spain to tempt remote control jet enthusiasts with some of the newest inventions, model jet kits and technology for remote control planes. Food vendors will also be on hand.

13th Annual Jets Over Kentucky


July 15: Opening Ceremonies at 12 p.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. Fri. and Sat.
Parade of Lights, approx. 9:30 p.m. Fri., July 14, followed by Fireworks Display
Private plane tent tours, on the hour noon until dark, Fri. and Sat.
Fighter Jet Showdown, Sport Jet Challenge Apache Demo on Saturday
Spectators welcome during the week, beginning July 9.


Lebanon-Springfield Airport, 650 Airport Lane, Springfield, KY 40069.


Friday and Saturday admission is $5 per person; children under 12 free. Proceeds go to the airport. No admission July 9-14 to watch pilot practice.

Also see

Jets Over Kentucky Facebook page and www.RCUniverse.com (event information, pilot registration, list of sponsors). Info and forms may also be found at https://visitlebanonky.com/events/jets-over-kentucky-2.


Bring a lawn chair and an umbrella for shade.

From Lebanon Tourist and Convention Center Communications

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