Aviation Nation 2022 on Nellis Air Force Base Nov. 5 & 6.
This FREE event is open to the public.
Opening Ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
Event gates close at 4:30 p.m.
The 2022 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 and Space Expo.
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, Nevada. 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.
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:
Although the Nellis Air and Space Expo 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.
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:
All visitors are subject to search by security forces.
0930 USAFA Sail Plane Demo
1000 SOCOM "Para-Commandos"
1020 Red Baron
1035 Lambo/Viper Race
1045 MiG Fury
1100 Navy Legacy
1110 CH-53 Demo
1120 Vicky Benzing
1135 CAD: A2A Demo
1145 CAD: A2G Demo
1205 Nellis CAD Pass
1220 C-17 Demo
1235 SOCOM "Para-Commandos"
1300 F-35 Demo
1320 Heritage Flight
1400 Thunderbirds Ground Show
1430 Thunderbirds Aerial Performance
To be announced.
-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 (especially 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)
-Food, beverages, and souvenirs will be available for purchase at the event
Take note of prohibited items while planning your day at Aviation Nation. Banned items will be confiscated and/or cause visitors to be turned away at the gate.
-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
-RC aircraft & drones
-Flammable items and Fireworks
-Pets (except for service animals)
-Spray paint and silly string
-Outside food, coolers, grills, or glass containers
-Liquid without factory seal intact (baby bottles are exempt)
-Walkie-talkies, HAM radios, scanners
-Alcohol and illegal drugs
-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)
-Possession and use of 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.
To be announced
I have small children. Can I bring a stroller, diaper bag, or change of clothes?
Yes. Strollers will be hand-searched at the security checkpoint. Please bring only necessary items in the diaper bag, subject to hand-search at the security checkpoint. Also please consider bringing hearing protection for small children.
Can I bring my camera, video camera, or cell phone?
Yes. There are no security restrictions on these items. However, large camera bags are not permitted. Bring only necessary camera equipment, leaving extra attachments at home. A small fanny pack or vest is useful for carrying small lenses. Keep in mind that everything is subject to search.
Can I bring food?
Small snacks are fine as long as they are not in glass containers. In addition, no ice chests or coolers (except small coolers for medical supplies or infant formula purposes,) nor bags larger than a small purse, fanny pack, backpack and Camelbaks will be allowed. All items brought are subject to approval by gate security personnel and are hand-searched at security checkpoint.
Will there be any food or souvenirs available?
Yes. There will be concessions at the air expo for food, drinks, and souvenirs.
Can I leave and re-enter the Air & Space Expo?
Yes. You may leave and re-enter as many times as needed. However, anyone re-entering will have to go through the shuttle bus line and security checkpoints again.
Is tailgating allowed?
Is smoking allowed?
Yes, but only in designated areas and not on the flight line.
Are alcoholic beverages allowed?
You can purchase them at concessions, but you cannot transport them onto base.
Do I need a military ID?
No, this event is open to the public.
Will restroom facilities be easily accessible?
Yes. Portable restrooms will be located throughout the air expo grounds.
Can I take pictures or get autographs?
Yes. Many of the performers make themselves available for autographs and pictures during the show.
Will it be necessary to have hearing protection?
Due to the nature of the event, it is highly encouraged you bring hearing protection – especially for children. There will be a number of aircraft taking off, landing, and performing, which will be extremely loud.
Which day will the Thunderbirds be performing?
Both! The Thunderbirds will perform their amazing demonstrations both days, weather permitting.
Will there be shade?
There are limited areas of shade available throughout the flight line. You can take a walk through one of our larger static displays to get a break from the sun, as well as a few open hangars featuring displays.
What happens if it rains?
In the event of rain, some flying demonstrations may be delayed. However, unless the weather poses a serious threat to the safety of the visitors and participants, the show will proceed as scheduled with some modifications. In the event of an Air Show cancellation, announcements will be coordinated with local news agencies as well as a recorded message available on the Nellis Straight Talk Hotline at (702) 652-7469 with more information as it becomes available.
Are umbrellas allowed at the air show?
Small rain umbrellas are fine to bring (the small ones that fit in a purse), but large golf umbrellas or shade umbrellas are banned as they may block the view of spectators behind you.
What type of medical services will be available?
First aid only will be provided such as oral hydration, treatment for minor cuts and bruises, and application of emergency medications (ex. Epi-pens). Medical personnel will stabilize and coordinate transportation to higher level of care for all other injuries/illnesses.
Who can I call for additional information?
For more information, call the Nellis Public Affairs office at (702) 679-0969, or email us at 57WG.PA.CommunityEngagement@us.af.mil.
To purchase upgraded seating for the Aviation Nation 2019, click on the link below:
Upgraded ticket options
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To purchase upgraded seating for the Aviation Nation 2017 Air & Space Expo, click on the below link:
Upgraded ticket options
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