The jinxed Lauderdale Air Show is set to fly again in 2016.

Fort Lauderdale city commissioners Tuesday approved the show for May 7 and 8 for the skies above the beach near Sunrise Boulevard. The show will once again coincide with Fleet Week, which is scheduled for May 2-9.

It'll be the first show in three years.

In 2014, the air show had to be canceled because runway construction at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport put needed air space for airport traffic in conflict with the performances. This year's event was put off because of State Road A1A reconstruction work in the heart of the show's viewing area.

Those weren't the show's only problems: the second day of the inaugural show in 2012 was rained out and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds had to bow out of the 2013 show at the last minute because of across-the-board federal budget cuts.

Promoters are hoping for better luck in 2016. The show replaced the highly popular annual air and sea shows that ran from 1995 to 2007.

"We've just been patient about it," air show President Bryan Lilley said. "We're hoping that mother nature attends the planning meetings and we'lll just go from there."

Organizers don't know yet who the headline performers will be. The Thunderbirds, U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other military groups are expected to set their schedules in December.

The main viewing area for the 2016 show will be from Sunrise Boulevard north to Northeast 14th Court, near the current State Road A1A construction work that should be finished by January.

The show would shut down State Road A1A for a number of blocks north of Sunrise Boulevard, but officials hope to be able to keep traffic flowing from Sunrise south.

The show is being put on by Lauderdale Air Show, LLC, which is receiving $100,000 from the city's Beach Business Improvement District and $50,000 from the Community Redevelopment Agency to help defray show costs.


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