Celebrate our Salute to Veterans during Aviation Nation Nov. 16-17

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The Nellis Air Force Base community is proud to present a free public event, Aviation Nation 2019, Nov. 16 and 17. 

The air show commemorates the U.S. Air Force’s 72nd anniversary and will showcase the proud heritage of military with a salute to our veterans.

“At this year’s air show, we salute our veterans to honor those who have served and made sacrifices for our nation,” said Maj. Cole Davenport, Nellis AFB air show air operations director. “As we look back in history, we are reminded of these selfless Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who paved a way for our future. We give thanks for their legacy and honor them as pillars in our community.”

Headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the weekend includes several aerial demonstration teams. The event will also highlight America’s aviation history through modern military accomplishments via numerous ground displays. Community exhibits and family areas will be included in the event, and food, beverages and novelties will be available for purchase.

The schedule of events are as follows:

9 a.m.          Buses start transporting guests from Las Vegas Motor Speedway to expo

9:30 a.m.     Vicky Benzing in her 1940 Boeing Stearman

9:45 a.m.     C-130 Hercules Streamer Drop

9:50 a.m.     U.S. Air Force Academy Glider

10 a.m.        Opening Ceremony with Special Operations Command Para-Commandos

10:20 a.m.   C-17 Globemaster III and KC-135 Stratotanker Demo

10:35 a.m.   P-51 Mustang

10:50 a.m.   Trojan Thunder T-28

11 a.m.        MQ-9 Reaper flyby

11:10 a.m.   Immortal Red Baron vs. Rower Airshows: 2 World War I biplanes

11:30 a.m.   Combined Arms Demo, highlighting Air Superiority capabilities, Close Air Support, and Combat Search and Rescue

12:10 p.m.   MiG Fury Fighters - Navy FJ & MiG fighters/Korea re-enactment/Navy

12:25 p.m.   Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion

12:55 p.m.   Heritage Flight with an F-35 Lightning II and three F-86 Sabres

1:35 p.m.     Special Operations Command Para-Commandos

1:55 p.m.     Julie Clark and her T-34

2:05 p.m.     U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Ground Show and Aerial Performance

4:30 p.m.     Gates close

Hundreds of thousands of guests attend this annual event, so plan accordingly. Allow enough time to park, process security and access the event.

Due to security precautions, free parking is available to the general public within the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. No privately owned vehicles without Department of Defense identification will be allowed on base. Guests must process through security lines at the speedway and then ride the provided buses to and from Nellis AFB. A handicapped parking area will be designated at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and handicapped-accessible shuttle buses will be provided.

To make the most of your Aviation Nation experience, download the Nellis Life app for your iPhone or Android prior to the event via the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

For more information, visit https://www.nellis.af.mil/Aviation-Nation/Aviation-Nation-FAQ/.


We hope to see you this weekend!