Tips for visiting Nellis Open House

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  • By Airman 1st Class Rachel Loftis
  • 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
The Nellis community is happy to have you, your family and friends attend a free open house scheduled for Nov. 8 and 9.

Every effort will be made to expedite your entry and exit to the base during the air show. There will be security checkpoints set up at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway where shuttles will pick up from parking areas and prior to entering the flightline. We ask for your cooperation to keep unauthorized items off the installation.

In order to keep potentially dangerous items outside of Nellis, all authorized items will be inspected as visitors enter through entry points. Spectators should minimize the number and size of authorized items to reduce the time required for inspection. Everyone is subject to search and the 99th Security Forces Squadron has the right to turn away anyone unwilling to consent to search.

It is important to be aware of what you can and cannot do at this year's show.

· Bring some form of skin, eye and hearing protection. There will be limited shade available on the flightline and sunscreen is recommended for all attendees. Hearing protection is recommended for minors and those with sensitive hearing as the open house can become quite noisy.

· Wear comfortable footwear, you will have to walk long distance to view all the static displays

· Check the local weather forecast prior to attending. Checking the weather forecast could aid in the preparation of attending the open house. Las Vegas weather can be unpredictable -- temperatures change in the morning, afternoon and the evening. We recommend bringing a light jacket or sweatshirt as well as an umbrella if there is the possibility of precipitation.

· Arrive early. With the autumn sun and Sunrise Mountain as the backdrop, Nellis produces a picturesque setting for aircraft on static display. For those wishing to capture images of aircraft it is imperative to arrive when the gates open to avoid people walking through a potential shot.

· Bring small items such as purses, fanny packs, small lawn chairs and water in clear plastic bottles. Guests with infant children will be permitted to bring diaper bags and baby strollers as well as food and beverages needed for the child.

· Pick up trash. It will help ensure the avoidance of a catastrophic accident. Trash is a true hazard for planes and a bottle sucked into an engine could cause a dangerous situation and cost millions of dollars in damage. Please don't litter!

· Alcohol, knives and guns are strictly prohibited.

· Don't bring unnecessary items. Excessive storage items such as briefcases, coolers, large bags or back packs are prohibited.

· Don't bring bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller blades or roller skates of any kind.

· Pets are prohibited other than service animals assisting those with disabilities.

· Fireworks, grills and weapons of any description are prohibited.

· Smoking is prohibited on the flightline.

· Don't leave any items unattended on the installation.

A good rule of thumb to remember is, if you can't take it to the airport; don't bring it to the open house.

The 2014 Nellis Open House is slated to run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 9.

For the latest information on the Nellis AFB Open House, visit or call the 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs office at 702-652-2750.