Our goal is to honor the contributions of historic military aircraft, which helped to secure our nation’s freedom. The Culpeper Air Fest features the ONLY civilian-owned-and-operated Harrier jump jet, which can take off and land vertically, yet fly at near supersonic speeds. The Air Fest is a celebration of our aviation heritage and is a fun, family-friendly, community-oriented event. The show is locally produced, free to the public and draws top performers from around the nation offering something for everyone.

The Culpeper Air Fest is held at the Culpeper Regional Airport. Plan your trip to this year’s event with our handy FAQs section.


By now many of you have read about the tragic accident that happened during the Friday night portion of the Culpeper Air Fest. While performing a thrilling night aerobatic act at our sponsor event, Jon Thocker’s life came to an unexpected end. His dedication and passion for flying has entertained thousands, including many of us in the Culpeper community. While we mourn Jon and keep his family and friends in our prayers, we are working closely with his family to determine how they would like Jon to be remembered.

We want you to know that we are not only committed to honoring Jon and his life of flying, but also committed to continuing the Culpeper Air Fest tradition as he would have wanted us to. While Saturday morning was emotional for the Air Fest team, it was inspiring to hear that the consensus among the performers was that they wanted to continue the show for you.

As you know, we then pressed on to produce an incredible airshow for everyone on Saturday in Jon’s honor – one of our largest in history. Thank you again for all of your support over the years, and we hope to see you next year.

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