Show Schedule

Headliner: USAF Thunderbirds

Arrow Dynamics

Bremont Horsemen

Red Eagles

Red Bull: Team Chambliss

Red Bull: Skydive Team

Jerry "Jive" Kerby

Sticky Strickland

Texas Flying Legends

Mike Wiskus

C-47 from Palm Springs Air Museum

Greg Colyer flying the T-33

USAF Heritage Flight

F-22 Demo

F-35 Demo

USAF Air-to-Air Demo

USAF Close Air Support/Combat Search and Rescue Wings of Blue

Bill Braack "Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Car Show"

B-2 Flyover (Saturday Only)

Check back periodically for updated show schedule, including aerial demonstrations and static displays

Static Displays

A-4 Draken

A-10 Thunderbolt II 

A-26 Invader

B-29 "FIFI" Superfortress

C-130J Super Hercules

E-6 Mercury



F-15C Eagle

F-15E Strike Eagle

F-16C Aggressor

F-16CM Fighting Falcon

F-22 Raptor

F-35 Lightning


HH-60 Pave Hawk

L-39 Draken

L-139 Albatros




MQ-1B Predator

MQ-9 Reaper

O-2A Skymaster

OV-10 Bronco

PB4Y-2 Privateer

U-3B Cessna


Check back periodically for updated show schedule, including aerial demonstrations and static displays

Upgraded Seating

Check back at a later date regarding VIP experience and upgraded air show seating.


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Aviation Nation 2017 Air & Space Expo - November 11th & 12th

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Nellis Air & Space Expo

November 11th & 12th, 2017

American Airmen: Breaking Barriers since 1947

Come to Nellis Air Force Base on November 11th and 12th to celebrate the US Air Force’s 70th Birthday at Aviation Nation 2017 Air and Space Expo.


This FREE event is open to the public.


American Airmen have been breaking barriers for 70 years in air, space and cyberspace, resulting in global vigilance, reach and power. They’ve shown tenacity in Korea’s MiG Alley, endurance in Vietnam’s Rolling Thunder campaign, decisiveness over the skies of Baghdad during Desert Storm and resilience in Iraq and Afghanistan. Airmen are now fully engaged as part of America's Joint Force in every region of the world and every mission area across the full spectrum of military operations. Airmen span the globe and Airpower has become the “oxygen the joint team breathes.”

Buses from LVMS to base start running  9:00am

Opening Ceremony 10:00am

Buses stop taking guests to base 1:00pm

Gates Close 5:00pm

Air & Space Expo Parking

The 2017 Nellis Air Force Base, Air and Space Expo, the 99th Security Forces Squadron and their Law Enforcement Partners would like to minimize traffic congestion and provide spectators and Nellis personnel quick access to the base and parking areas. In response to feedback, Nellis has contracted more buses than in previous years in effort to reduce wait times getting to and from the Air Show.


General admission for the Air and Space Expo is free and public parking is located at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 7000 Las Vegas Blvd N., Las Vegas, NV, 89115. Parking at the Speedway is free, and visitors will use round-trip shuttle bus transportation to and from Nellis Air Force Base. Please take note of the color of the parking lot you parked in. Each driver will receive a red or blue wristband to designate which lot their vehicle is located.


A handicapped parking area will be designated at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and handicapped-accessible shuttle buses will be provided. To access the handicapped parking area, please ensure the vehicle has current government-issued handicapped parking permits.


Due to security precautions, the recommended access route to the show for the general public is via the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The general public must process through security lines and then ride buses to and from Nellis Air Force Base. No privately owned vehicles without Department of Defense identification will be allowed on Nellis Air Force Base. Parking on base will be extremely limited.

Prohibited Items

In order to keep the security lines moving as quickly as possible, please take note of prohibited items while planning your day at Aviation Nation. The following is a list of banned items that will be confiscated or cause visitors to be turned away at the gate if brought to the Nellis Air Show:

  • Weapons of any kind including pocket knives, pocket tools, scissors, box cutters, billy clubs, large heavy chain link jewelry or belts, mace and pepper spray
  • Firearms of any type
  • Toys that resemble firearms, laser pointers
  • Flammable items and Fireworks
  • Pets (except for service animals)
  • Spray paint and silly string
  • Outside food, coolers, grills, or glass containers
  • Glass bottles
  • Liquid without factory seal intact (baby bottles are exempt)
  • RC aircraft & drones
  • Walkie-talkies, HAM radios, scanners
  • Alcohol, illegal drugs, medical marijuana
  • Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, heelies, roller skates or roller blades
  • Excessively large items and bags (the only exceptions are diaper bags, small purses, and small camera bags at or below 21 inches long, 10  inches wide, 10 inches deep)
  • Marijuana is illegal on Nellis Air Force Base or any federal installation.  This includes both recreational and medicinal.

 All visitors are subject to search by Security Forces.

What to bring

Visitors should be prepared for the desert sun by wearing sunscreen and exciting loud aircraft maneuvers by bringing hearing protection.  Other things to consider bringing:


  • Plastic beverage bottles with factory seal intact (baby bottles exempt)
  • Reusable water bottle (empty for security line, free water stations are available inside)
  • Hearing protection for children
  • Wagon or lightweight stroller for tired children
  • Stadium chair or cushion for free bleacher seating (collapsible camping chairs are fine, but subject to search)    

Although the Nellis Air Show and Open House is the largest free event in Nevada, visitors may want to bring cash as many booths selling food, beverages, and souvenirs will be open for business.

Commercial Sponsorship Program & Vendor Info

The Nellis Force Support Squadron’s Commercial Sponsorship program is excited to seek new community partners to help enhance our 2017 Air and Space Expo!  Your support aligns your company’s values with those of the Air Force: integrity first, service before self and excellence. Sponsorship provides access to a desirable market, while positioning your brand in a positive light with programs that improve the lives of Airmen and their families.


To find out more about how to become one of our wingmen, through event sponsorship or paid advertising, contact Melanie Tucciarone, Commercial Sponsorship Director, at  


For vendor information contact Red Frog Food and Beverage, ask for Sheila Rinehart. 614.888.6600,