All individuals entering the flight Line area through the admission gates are subject to search. Please come early, pay attention to all signs and announcements and be patient. These procedures are in place to ensure the safety of those attending the Air Show.
What time does the show start and end?
Gates open at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday and the show is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The Blues are the last performers during the day show and they go up around 2 p.m. On Friday night don’t miss the Night Air Show and fireworks with the incredible “Wall of Fire”. Gates open at 3 p.m. on Friday.
Other than the air show, what other attractions will be at the show?
In addition to the air show, spectators can enjoy a collection of aircraft on display, virtual games and other attractions/displays at vendor booths, food booths, souvenir booths, a kids’ fun-zone, a drawing for a KIA Automobile and a night air show on Friday. The National Museum of Naval Aviation located adjacent to the air field will also be open.
Is it a different show each day?
The day show schedule is the same each day. The Friday show is a night show. Low clouds or high winds can affect the performer’s acts.
What happens if it rains?
We contend “It NEVER rains on our parade!” Some years the weather channel has reported thunder storms during our show, while we were enjoying rain-free weather as the storms passed north of the Naval Air Station. There are no refunds and no rain dates for the event. Check our website for foul weather announcements.
What is the temperature at the show?
The average temperature in November is 63 degrees. It can be windy on the tarmac. We suggest layers as the temperatures can vary from morning to afternoon. We ask that you use hats and sunscreen and not umbrellas that obscure the view of people behind you.
Should I bring hearing protection?
Yes, hearing protection is highly encouraged for all Air Show spectators, especially young children. Ear plugs will be available for purchase at the Air Show.
What is the Schedule for the Air Show?
Please visit our Schedule page for information on the Air Show schedule.
How do I get to NAS Pensacola?
Please visit our Directions page for information on directions to the Air Show.
Will an ATM be available?
Do the vendors take credit cards?
Some do and some don’t, however an ATM is available on the site.
What camping opportunities are available?
Those eligible to use base facilities may reserve camping space or cabins at Oak Grove Park or Blue Angel Park 90 days from the air show date. There are limited civilian camping areas in the area, including Gulf Island National Seashore, Big Lagoon State Park and Gulf State Park (AL).
What is there to do in the Pensacola Area?
Located on the stunning white beaches with emerald-hued waters, Pensacola is a top travel destination. Visitors can take advantage of the picturesque beaches, beautiful golf courses and vibrant downtown.
I’d like to sell food at the Air Show. Who do I contact?
Please visit our Food Vendors page for more information.
I’d like to sponsor the Air Show. Who do I contact?
Please contact, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit our Sponsorship page for more information.
Is there shade?
General Admission ticket holders will be under an open sky. Patrons are encouraged to plan accordingly and bring plenty of sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. We do not encourage umbrellas as they block the view of other patrons.
How do I get Press/Media Credentials?
Media credentials will only be extended to media on assignment. Media Credentials requests must be submitted in advance of airshow dates on station/publication letterhead. Please visit our Media Accreditation Form page for more information.
Are wagons and strollers allowed?
Yes. Be mindful that strollers, carriages and wagons cannot take up aisle space in the seating areas and have to be stowed under the bleachers.
Are strollers or wheelchairs available for rent at the show?
In 2012 we had a vendor renting scooters. We believe it was popular enough that they will return.
Are pets allowed on the airport grounds?
No, pets are NOT allowed other than service animals. The crowds and noise are not suitable for pets.
Is smoking permitted?
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the flight line in the vicinity of aircraft, vendor tents or chalets. There is a smoking area back by the hangars.
May I bring lawn chairs or blankets?
Chairs and blankets are permitted and recommended for general spectator seating. These items are subject to search. If you have purchased an upgraded flight line ticket or have a Sponsor ticket, seating will be provided in these areas and you will not need to bring your chairs.
Are coolers allowed at the event?
Will outside food and drinks be allowed?
No. No Food or Beverages allowed except baby bottles (non-glass) and small snack items for young children. We have a variety of food and beverage vendors available at the Air Show. Beer is available for purchase from Air Show vendors.
Will outside alcoholic beverages be allowed?
No. Beer will be available for purchase from the Air Show vendors.
Can we bring a pop-up tent?
No, due to safety concerns, pop up tents are not permitted.
Are roller skates, skateboards, bikes, or personal golf carts permitted on the airport grounds?
No. None of these items are permitted due to security and safety restrictions. Handicap scooters and electric wheelchairs are allowed.
Are there any restrictions on bringing weapons to the event?
Yes. No Weapons are allowed on NAS Pensacola. All weapons including pocket knives, multi-tools, replica/toy weapons or pepper spray are not allowed and will be confiscated.
Can I bring in photography and camera equipment?
Photography and camera equipment is allowed. Just keep in mind that all bags will be searched. Also, in order to keep the entry line moving along, you will want to bring only what is absolutely needed. Please be considerate of those trying to view the show and do not block their view by setting up tripods in front of their seats.
Are cellphones, laptop computers and iPads allowed?
Are FRS/GMRS radios allowed?
FRS/GMRS radios are permitted. VHF band and other scanners are also permitted, but transmitters/transceivers are not.
Transportation and Parking:
Where do I park?
Much of the parking area at the show grounds has been taken up by new construction. You will be guided to the nearest available parking areas. As they fill you will be directed to parking lots that have shuttle service to and from the show. Bicycles will not be authorized for general purpose use on flight line. Please contact the security office for questions specific to parking different types of vehicles. 850-452-2653
Is there handicapped parking available?
There is handicap parking west of the tarmac area and the handicap area is in the west viewing area. The area designated for handicapped parking is difficult to get to from the show center / vendor area and tends to bottleneck at the end of the show. Therefore, if you are going to use the reserved seating area, we suggest the handicap accessible shuttles be used to avoid that problem. The bleacher and box seat area is also close, as is the east open viewing area. We believe this will be a better solution. Handicapped port-a-lets are available.
Is it possible to drop people off at the flight line entrance gates and then go park?
Unfortunately this is not allowed.
Can I ride a bike or motorcycle?
Yes. Please visit our safety page for information on base regulations for riding bikes/motorcycles on NAS Pensacola. Motorcyclists will be directed by security for parking. .
Will there be RV/travel trailer parking?
RV/Travel Trailers are allowed onto NAS Pensacola. RV parking is available but please keep in mind that parking is a first-come-first-served basis and limited. No overnight RV/Travel Trailer parking will be permitted at the Air Show site. Qualified base patrons may contact Oak Grove Park for camping reservations.
Are buses allowed?
Yes, buses are allowed. Buses will be directed by security for parking.
I’m a pilot and own a small plane. Can I fly my own plane to the show?
You cannot fly into the base, however small air planes can land at Pensacola Regional Airport and at Ferguson Airport.
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