U.S. Navy Blue Angels and More Featured at Little Rock Air Force Base Open House

This is the year of a rare opportunity that only comes around biennially and it’s always eagerly awaited. It’s the Little Rock Air Force Base Open House and Air Show, Sept. 8 and 9. One of the few times the public is allowed on base, the event attracts over 200,000. Gates open at 8:30 a.m. The theme for this year is 2012 Heritage and Heroes. New this year is the ability to reserve front-row seating. Single day seats cost $20 in advance, $30 the day of the show. Proceeds go to a fund that provides morale and welfare activities for the airmen and their families stationed at the base. Also available is the Four Acres of Shade zone which has 500 seats to escape the heat, a special area just for kids, continuous concerts, various kinds of booths, and military dog demonstrations.

Get a sneak peak of what you’ll see by watching this video.

The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels present their world-famous performance at approximately 2 p.m. Additional air demonstrations include the Team Little Rock C-130 “Day in Afghanistan” capabilities exercise, demos by the Canadian Forces CF-18 team the U.S. Navy F/A Super Hornet teams, precision parachuting by the Army Special Operations Jump Team Black Daggers and the Canadian Skyhawks; daring aerobatics by Mike Rinker and Pink Floyd; and nostalgic B-25, F-4, P-47 and P-51 heritage flights.. The open house showcases the Team Little Rock mission as the world’s largest C-130 training base and will dazzle spectators with amazing aerial and ground events from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces from varying eras. Ground displays include the gigantic C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III, B-52 Stratofortress, FexEx 727, a vast array of C-130s including the AC-130 gunship, T-1 Texan and T-38 Tweet trainers, TC-135 and KC-135 aircraft, and Army UH-60 Blackhawk and UH-72 Lakota helicopters. In what is known as a “combat capabilities” exercise, the base’s own C-130 aircraft will show what they do in combat: paratroopers will jump in an exciting display of military power, and they’ll drop heavy equipment and other cargo. Admission is free.

This is the perfect opportunity to visit one of the state’s premier facilities and let the men and women stationed there we appreciate their efforts. Come early and plan on staying late. The air base is located at 840 Leadership Drive in Jacksonville.

After visiting the base, head over to the Jacksonville Military History Museum. There you’ll find exhibits on the community’s rich history with the armed forces, dating back to the Civil War. It’s located at 100 Veterans Circle.
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8 comments on “U.S. Navy Blue Angels and More Featured at Little Rock Air Force Base Open House
  1. Lisa Jackson says:

    i was wondering if we could bring approximately 15 students and 4 adults as a field trip and have a discount on the special seating and maybe meet with some of the pilots. thank you, lisa jackson

  2. Kerry says:

    Hi Lisa,

    You need to contact the Little Rock Air Force Base for that kind of information.

    Arlo Taylor
    Public Affairs Specialist
    19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
    Little Rock Air Force Base, AR
    Comm: (501) 987-3434 DSN: 731-3434

  3. Bonnie says:

    Is this handicapped accessible? My husband and I both use motorized (electric) scooters and would love to bring our grandson. Thanks for your Time and Service to our country. Mrs B

  4. Kerry says:

    Hi Bonnie,

    Since the base is a federal property, I would assume it adheres to ADA specifications. However, I would suggest you contact the Little Rock Air Force Base directly just to make sure.

    Here is contact information.

    Arlo Taylor
    Public Affairs Specialist
    19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
    Little Rock Air Force Base, AR
    Comm: (501) 987-3434 DSN: 731-3434

  5. Melissa W. says:

    I am disabled with a genetic disease that dries my body out severely and causes me to have to drink a large amount of fluid especially if I am out in the heat and not in a stabilized temperature conditions but my husband would love to come see this show and he is unable to drive and I am the driver due to him being disabled as well with a severe back injury. We are very low income and cannot afford to pay expensive vendor costs all day long for water after water as I can down a water in less then 3 or 4 minutes at times depending on how my body is absorbing the moisture. At home I normally drink nearly two gallons of iced tea a day by myself so drinking a lot is a part of my life no matter where I go. I am more then willing to let them search the ice chest to make sure there is nothing in it that shouldn’t be in it as I would never try anything stupid like that. Let me know if this would be allowed please. Thanks! Melissa W.

  6. Kimberly says:

    They do have accommodations for disability w/c accessibility; we go every time and use w/c but will we be able to used the shade zone and will we be able to see all the show from the shade zone??? so the show starts at 0830 on both days? thanks and if we wanted to buy tickets where do we go to get them before the show weekend?

  7. Kerry says:

    Hi Melissa,

    According to the air show website you can bring in a water bottle (not bottled water). They will have fountains where the bottles can be filled. http://www.littlerockairshow.com/information/tipsfaqs

    They will not allow ice chests of any kind. http://www.littlerockairshow.com/information/security

  8. Kerry says:

    You can order reserved seats online at http://www.littlerockairshow.com. And the gates open at 8:30 a.m. both days. Here is the information provided us regarding shade.

    With hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend from all areas of Arkansas and surrounding states, hydration, shade, and traffic are the main safety concerns for base officials.

    To help guests beat the heat, this year

Inquiries are answered daily during normal business hours. Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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