Come to Nellis Air Force Base Nov. 16 & 17 to salute our veterans at Aviation Nation 2019.
This FREE event is open to the public.
Have questions? Check our FAQ for the answers!
Buses from Las Vegas Motor Speedway to the event entrance on base start running at 9 a.m.
Opening Ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
Buses stop taking guests to the event at 1 p.m.
Event gates close at 4:30 p.m.
0930 USAFA Sail Plane Demo
1000 SOCOM "Para-Commandos"
1020 Immortal Red Baron vs. Rower Airshows
1035 Lambo/Viper Race
1045 MiG Fury
1100 Navy Legacy
1110 CH-53 Super Stallion Demo
1120 Vicky Benzing
1135 CAD: A2A Demo
1145 CAD: A2G Demo
1205 Nellis CAD Pass
1220 C-17 Globemaster III Demo
1235 SOCOM "Para-Commandos"
1300 F-35 Lightning II Demo
1320 Heritage Flight
1400 Thunderbirds Ground Show
1430 Thunderbirds Aerial Performance
- Headliner: USAF Thunderbirds
- C-17 Globemaster III
- SOCOM Para-Commandos
- HC-130J Combat King II
- Vicky Benzing in her Stearman
- Immortal Red Baron vs. Rower Airshows - two World War I bi-planes
- MiG Fury - Navy FJ & MiG fighters/Korea re-enactment/Navy Legacy flight with a EA-18G Growler
- Combined Arms Demonstration Nellis rescue helicopters and personnel
- Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion
- P-51 Mustang
- F-35 Lightning II
- Heritage flight with F-35 Lightning II and three F-86 Sabres
- OV-10 Bronco (Vietnam era plane)
To be announced.
- T-38 Talon
- T-45A Goshawk
- EA-18G Growler
- F-15E Strike Eagle
- Coast Guard
-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.
Will there be handicap accessible buses and parking at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway?
Will there be seating?
There will be limited bleacher seating available on a first come, first served basis. Be prepared to bring your own seating.
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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