Loud and proud, Arctic Thunder looks to launch new attendance records
Arctic Thunder 2018 will take place this weekend at JBER.
In 2016, the air show witnessed record numbers in attendance with over 150,000 people making their way on and off base. This year hopes to eclipse those numbers with the headlining event featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, making their way back to the air show for the first time since 2014.
"We've got a lot of great acts including the Thunderbirds," Col. Chris Niemi said. "We've got a lot of flight demonstrations from the F-22, the F-16, a lot of civilian acts and a joint firepower demonstration."
Gates open on Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. with the air show getting underway at 10:30 a.m. each day. Admission and parking are free.
"We've got about six hours of straight flying," Col. Niemi said. "The events are end-to-end from the time the first one starts right through the afternoon with the Thunderbirds wrapping it up."
There is something for everyone-- even those who aren't necessarily into planes or flight demonstrations.
"If you don't like watching planes fly, that's cool," Open House Director Jeri Lynn Harper said. "We have other things. We have a lot of food with over 90 food vendors. Any kind of fair food you can think of is here. We have our hangars lined up with different activities. In one hangar will have military speakers, in another, we have activities for the kids and in a third we have demonstrations."
The purpose of the event is to show the community how the military works while also showing good stewardship of the recourses.
"It's also a really good way to recruit and get people excited what the military does," Major Harper said. "So, it kind of lights dreams and gets kids to join."
For a complete list of the events and directions to JBER for this weekend's event, click on the links below.
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