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10 things to know for the Offutt Air Force Base Air Show

An arrival Thursday, July 17, for the Offutt Air Force Base Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show. Photo: Image by OFFUTT AIR SHOW/Facebook

10 things to know for the Offutt Air Force Base Air Show

By Marjorie Sturgeon. CREATED Jul 17, 2014

BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV) Offutt Air Force Base’s Defenders of Freedom Open House and Air Show returns. Here are 10 things from the air show’s website you need to know about going and having a good time:

1. When
The air show runs Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20. The base gates will open at 8 a.m.

2. Parking
Organizers say there is limited parking on base and recommend taking advantage of multiple off-base parking locations with a shuttle to the air show. Park and Ride locations are at Bellevue West, Bellevue University, South Roads, Bellevue East, and Offut Air Force Base (Bellevue gate behind the Sarpy County Museum) AFWA Lot. (Click each location for a Bing map)

3. Taking the shuttle
The shuttle will run from 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. The last ride to the air show will leave at 3 p.m. Organizers says those in line at 3 p.m will still get a ride, but anyone after that will be turned away. The shuttles will run back to the parking lots until everyone has been returned.

4. Air act times
Air acts are scheduled for noon and 4 p.m., but depend on the weather and Air Boss.

5. Biking to the air show
This year you can bicycle to the air show. Organizers have set up bike lanes that lead right up to the gate of the base. From there, you’ll ride your bike to a bicycle-only lot. Helmets are required and cyclists must go single-file.

6. What not to bring
Attendees can expect to go through security where the following items will be taken and not returned: firearms, knives, any instrument used for cutting or slashing, pepper spray/MACE, fireworks, sparklers, coolers, backpacks, briefcases and packages.

Small purses, fanny packs and diaper bags are allowed, but will be searched.

7. Air performers include:
Blue Angels, F-22 Raptor, Michael Goulian, Trojan Horsemen, Leap Frogs and more.

8. Planes on display include:
A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon and more.

9. Other organizations at the air show:
National Weather Service, Bellevue Fire Department, Boy Scouts of America, Civil Air Patrol and more.

10. IT’S FREE

BONUS: Follow the air show on Facebook for more updates.