Show Schedule

For the full show schedule, including aerial demonstrations and static displays, click here.

Upgraded Seating

Even though Aviation Nation is the largest free event in Nevada, for visitors who want a VIP experience, upgraded air show seats are available for purchase at this link.  No Federal endorsement intended.


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Nellis 2016 Air Show & Open House

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Nellis Air Show & Open House

November 12th & 13th, 2016
Wings of Blue Wings of Blue

Wings of Blue

U.S. Air Force Academy Jump Team
Nellis Air Force Base

Celebrating 75 Years of Airpower

Nellis Air Force Base is proud to present to the Southern Nevada community the "75 Years of Airpower" air show and open house November 12th and 13th, 2016. Attendees will get to experience exciting aerial acts, an array of static displays from both the past and present, and have the chance to interact with the Airmen who carry out the Nellis mission. The Airmen at Nellis are excited for the chance to say "thank you" to the community for the incredible support they give our mission each day.

Air Show Parking

During the 2016 Nellis Air Force Base Air Show, Aviation Nation, 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 Air Force Base 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 Show 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)

 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.