Press Release

Space and Air Show Announced in Orlando

Lockheed Martin will serve as title sponsor at Orlando-Sanford International Airport

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The F-35 Lightning II is one possible performer at the Lockheed Martin Space and Air Show. (Courtesy Lockheed Martin)

Orlando, Fla. – The first-ever Lockheed Martin Space and Air Show will take to the sky at Orlando-Sanford International Airport October 31 through November 1, 2020. Lockheed Martin serves as the title-sponsor for the show headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and featuring numerous company air, ground and space assets.

“We look forward to giving visitors from central Florida and from across the nation a firsthand glimpse into the exciting technologies and capabilities we provide our military and our allies to help them protect lives and liberties around the world,” said Marillyn Hewson, chairman, president and CEO, Lockheed Martin.

Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), the City of Sanford and Seminole County partnered on the show, which is the Orlando region’s first airshow in nearly three decades and is expected to attract thousands of aviation and aerospace enthusiasts from the across the region.

“We are excited to welcome the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to the first air show in more than 25 years at the Orlando Sanford International Airport,” said City of Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett. “Having Lockheed Martin as the title Sponsor takes it to a level above and beyond anything seen in the past.”

“Seminole County is excited to be a collaborative partner in bringing the Space and Air Show to Sanford in 2020,” said Seminole County Chairman Brenda Carey. “It will provide the educational aspects of aviation as well as an exciting air show including The Thunderbirds, who will demonstrate their awesome skills with pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen.”

Commander/Leader of the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, Lt. Col. John Caldwell, is in his first season with the team and hails from Orlando. In addition to flying the No. 1 jet, and leading all air demonstrations, he commands the 130-person squadron. 

“The Orlando-Sanford International Airport welcomes this amazing opportunity for the Central Florida community,” said Airport President Diane Crews.

“With the Orlando area’s first space and air show of the new millennium, we are excited to bring this unique thrill and excitement to central Florida.”

Diane Crews, Orlando-Sanford International Airport President

The Orlando-Sanford International Airport is one of five international airports in the Orlando region and annually serves 3 million passengers.

“The addition of this exciting new space and air show to Orlando’s already burgeoning roster of attractions, entertainment and festivals is further evidence of our region’s deep roots in aviation and space technology,” said Orlando Economic President and CEO Tim Giuliani. “Lockheed Martin is an important driver of innovation, talent development and STEM education in the region. We applaud their effort to further inspire the next generation of leaders in aviation and aeronautics.”

Tickets go on sale during Veterans’ Day weekend in November 2019 with pricing announced then. The dedicated LMSAS website is

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

About Orland-Sanford International Airport

Orlando Sanford International Airport is SFB: Simpler. Faster. Better. with a Simpler airport design, Faster airport processing and a Better airport experience. The Airport is located in Orlando North – Seminole County so visitors wishing to experience Florida’s natural features need look no further. They will also enjoy convenient access to Orlando’s World Class attractions and the World’s Most Famous Beach – Daytona Beach; both are 50 minutes or less from SFB, as is New Smyrna Beach, Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral. For more information about the Airport, visit SFB’s website at