It is that time of year again as the United States Air Force premier stunt flying team, the Thunderbirds will headline over 100 flying aircraft at Aviation Nation November 14th and 15th. Planes ranging from World War I to the present will be flying and performing all weekend. The Air Force is expecting 130,000 plus people for the event.
Nellis Air Force Base and Las Vegas Present the U.S. Air Force of the 21st Century – Air, Space and Cyberspace. Including military air demonstration teams, warbirds, and some of the nation’s top civilian air performers will participate.
Plan early if you are coming out gates open at 9am . Plan your route:
1) Your option from the West is to take 215 East to the 15 head North to the Speedway Blvd exit. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway usually allows parking and has shuttles from the Speedway to the base.
2) If you are traveling from Henderson it is best to Take the 95 to the Charleston exit. Head East on Charleston and then North on Nellis Blvd to the base entrance.
3) Driving from the center of town your best bet is to come in the traditional way. Drive 15 North to the Craig Rd exit and head East. you will run straight into the main gate.
November 14th and 15th
Schedule of Events
8 a.m. Parking Lots Open at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
8:15 a.m. Security Checkpoints Open
8:45 a.m. Buses from the Speedway to Nellis AFB begin running
9 a.m. Nellis Air Force Base Gates Open to the Public
9:35 a.m. Welcome Ceremony
9:50 a.m. National Anthem w/ USAFA Wings of Blue Parachute Team
9:55 a.m. Nellis AFB Flyby (A-10, F-15, F-16, F-22)
10 a.m. Nellis AFB F-22 Demonstration
10:10 a.m. Spitfire Demonstration
10:20a.m. B-25 Doolittle Raiders Reenactment
10:35 a.m. The Horsemen P-51 Demonstration Team
10:50a.m. Korean War Reenactment (F-86, MiG-15, A-1s, T-6)
11:10 a.m. Trainer Parade (T-33s, T-34s, T-28s, T-6s)
11:30 a.m. Bill Reesman MiG-17 Demonstration
11:40 a.m. Air Force Reserve Jet Car
11:45 a.m. Patriots Jet Demonstration Team (L-39s)
12:05 p.m. U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet Demonstration
12:20 p.m. U.S. Navy Legacy Flight (F/A-18F and F4F)
12:30 p.m. U.S. Air Force C-17 Demonstration
12:50 p.m. RNLAF F-16 Demonstration
1:10 p.m. USAFA Wings of Blue Parachute Demonstration
1:30 p.m. U.S. Air Force A-10 Demonstration
1:40 p.m. ACC Heritage Flight (P-51, F-86, F-4, A-10)
2 p.m. U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Ground Show
2:30 p.m. U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Show
3:15-3:45 p.m. U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Post Show/Autographs
4 p.m. Show Ends/Exhibits & Gates Close 5 p.m. Parking Lots Close at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Information provided by Nellis Air Force Base website.