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Headliner: USAF Thunderbirds
To be announced.
All visitors are subject to search by security forces.
Take note of prohibited items while planning your day at Aviation Nation. Banned items will be confiscated or cause visitors to be turned away at the gate.
RC aircraft & drones, the FAA has established a temporary flight restriction around Nellis AFB out to 5 nautical miles, which includes the speedway
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
Possession and use of Marijuana is illegal on Nellis Air Force Base or any federal installation. This includes both recreational and medicinal.
-Do not cross any security ropes or line set up on aircraft
-No distribution of religious or political material will be allowed.
All parking will be at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Buses will start running to the flight line from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
No foot traffic will be allowed at any gate.
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) 679-2750 or email us at 57WG.PA.CommunityEngagement@us.af.mil.
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Media outlets that require Aviation Nation credentialing should download the media application form here: American Media or Foreign Media and send it to email@example.com no later than Oct. 31, 2022
Media passes are reserved for established organizations that provide evidence of mass viewership or reach. Passes are also issued to media who require a Public Affairs escort or Media Operations' coordination for precoordinated interviews on base, special equipment access or specific queries. Public Affairs will not issue a media pass nor will they escort personnel whose only intent is to capture photo/video of air show displays and demonstrations.
Photographers are welcome to bring their camera equipment on base during Aviation Nation to capture footage from anywhere spectators are allowed. Please note, large camera bags are not permitted (no larger than (21"x10"x10"). It's recommended you 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, everything is subject to search.