Free Fort Smith Air Show is Oct. 1-2

Jill M. Rohrbach
Get ready to look to the skies Oct. 1 and 2 at the Fort Smith Regional Air Show! A big thrill will be seeing the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, an F-16 demonstration squad. The Thunderbirds exhibit the capabilities of modern war fighting aircraft and demonstrate the high degree of skill maintained by Air Force members.
While the aerial exhibition of the Thunderbirds is sure to excite the crowd, just look at all the other performers that are on the schedule:

Vintage Thunderbird

Team Vortex

Skip Stewart S-2S Aerobatic

ACC Demo Team

Tora Tora Tora

Younkin Airshows

Franklin’s Flying Circus

Indy Boys Jet School Bus

Spooky Gunship – AC-47

John Klatt Airshows

Manfred Radius Glider


Rower Airshows

Bob Pezold & his N301MZ Aero Vodochody L-39 Czech Fighter
Twin Beach 18
T-6 Texan
Skydive Ranch
C-17 Globemaster III
KC-135 Stratotanker
Air Combat Command F-15E
Strike Eagle Demo Team

Vodochody L-39 Albatross
Civilian and military static displays will also be lined up on the taxiways for the public to view. About 225,000 people are expected to attend. Active duty U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army as well as Air National Guard and Army National Guard recruiting booths will be stationed amid the static displays. The Fort Smith Regional Air Show takes place at the Fort Smith Regional Airport, located at 6700 McKennon Blvd. Organizers say it is the largest FREE air show in the United States.

If you go, take advantage of shuttle parking at three locations – Ben Geren Park, Southside High School, and the old K-Mart property at 3367 S. 74th St. Buses will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you’re in need of handicap accessible transportation, go to the high school, which will have the only buses equipped with wheelchair lifts. Paid parking on the air show grounds is $5. Folding lawn chairs are a good idea!

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