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The event scheduled at the Hillsboro Airport this May has been postponed due to ongoing pandemic concerns.

PMG FILE PHOTO: - Oregon International Air Show officials have postponed the 2021 air show at the Hillsboro Airport to 2022 due to ongoing coronavirus concerns.The Oregon International Air Show's event scheduled at the Hillsboro Airport later this year has been postponed to 2022, due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

The air show, which was originally scheduled for this May, will now be held in May 2022, air show officials said in a statement.

Dates for the 2022 air show will soon be finalized, officials said.

"While we believe the environment for a live outdoor event will be improving by this May, we want to exercise an abundance of caution to provide the safest environment possible for our guests, performers, volunteers and everyone in the community so we believe the best decision at this time is to postpone this year's Hillsboro show," said Bill Braack, president of the air show.

Another 2021 air show scheduled for the McMinnville Airport will continue as planned, officials said. The air show in McMinnville will take place July 30 through Aug. 1.

Air show officials say they attempted to move the previously scheduled air show in Hillsboro to dates later in 2021 but were unsuccessful.

The announcement, originally published online Feb. 5, means that for the third straight year, the air show won't take place at the Hillsboro Airport.

The Hillsboro Airport hosted the event for decades prior to 2019, when construction on a new runway at the airport forced event organizers to move the air show to McMinnville.

In December 2019, air show officials said the 2020 air show wouldn't be held in Hillsboro for the second straight year, but it would return in 2021.

At the time, they said the 2021 air show would be divided into two events: one in Hillsboro and the other in McMinnville.

Braack said people should expect a dual air show format to be the norm. He emphasized there would be enough demand for two air shows and the two shows would be distinct.

This year, officials planned to feature one of the world's first-ever all-female air shows in Hillsboro, complete with all-female performers and announcers and a female "air boss," who is responsible for all aircraft flights.

Braack has said air show officials wanted to create an all-female air show to help display the opportunities available to women in STEM and aviation.

The air show has historically had only a couple of female performers, Braack noted, adding the percentage of female pilots in the commercial aviation industry is in the low single digits.

Air show officials say they plan to keep the air show in Hillsboro rescheduled to 2022 as an all-female event.

Tickets already purchased for the 2021 Hillsboro air show will be transferred automatically to the show's new dates, air show officials said. People can also request to transfer their tickets to the 2021 McMinnville show or be issued a refund for the Hillsboro show by going to oregonairshow.com.


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