The Indianapolis Air Show picked up a major award at this month's International Council of Air Shows convention in Las Vegas.
The US Navy's famous aerial demonstration squad, the Blue Angels, tapped the Indianapolis event as its "2011 Air Show of the Year." The show - which will be presented for the 16th time next June - is a fund-raiser for local children's charities through the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Through CICF, the air show has raised nearly $1.5 million since 1997. Among beneficiaries is Riley Hospital for Children.
Also at the convention, the air show's 2012 headliner was announced: the US Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron - more commonly known as the Thunderbirds. Next year's dates are June 23-24, at Indianapolis Regional Airport.