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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