Arkansas Military Expo returns September 17th

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Jacksonville_LRAFB00th_Bomber_Squadron's_50tFor the first time in four years, the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville will open its gates to the general public for a day of learning about the country’s largest C-130 base and all the great things our service members accomplish. The Arkansas Military Expo will showcase the abilities of military units’ members from across the state with flybys, static displays, and demonstrations at this free, family-friendly event, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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While current runway construction projects mean that there won’t be any large acrobatics, there will still be plenty of excitement in the air, with possible flybys from the following aircraft: B-1B Lancer, AC-130, A-10 Thunderbolt, UH-60 Blackhawk, T-6 Texan, T-38 C, MC-130, F-22 Raptor, C-17 Globemaster and the B-52. This list is still evolving, so be sure to check the event’s Facebook page for the latest updates.

In addition, the Arkansas Army National Guard will do Blackhawk Helicopter demonstration featuring fast rope teams, and personnel from Fort Smith will perform a parachute demonstration. As in previous years, many of the aircraft in the static displays will be open for children to go inside and explore.

Also fun for children will be the Kids Zone with multiple inflatables, face-painting, a petting zoo, rock climbing wall and members of Arkansas Circus Arts. (Note: Some of these activities are ticketed.) More than 40 food trucks will also be on hand, in addition to a variety of booths and events to keep the whole family entertained.

The front gates to the LRAFB will open at 9 a.m. and close to incoming traffic at 2 p.m. For more information about the event, please visit Rockin at the Rock.