For one rare Saturday in the fall, the Razorback football game at War Memorial Stadium may not be the largest gathering of Arkansans in one place. That’s more likely at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, which celebrates its 50th anniversary with its annual air show on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9.
The air base shifted its show from June to October to coincide with the anniversary party. The free air show annually draws more than 100,000 people for the two days.
The famed Air Force Thunderbirds will perform along with the Air Force Academy’s Wings of Blue, the East Coast T-6A Texas II demonstration team, B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, Red Baron Pizza Squadron, ShockWave Jet Show, 82nd Airborne Paratroopers, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, the B-17 “Memphis Belle” and B-24 “Diamond Lil” and more. U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aircraft also will be displayed on the flight line for up close and (in some cases) inside viewing. Many of the warbird pilots will have vintage aircraft on display following their performances.
Access to the base will be through the Vandenberg Boulevard gate off U.S. 67-167 at Exit No. 11 in Jacksonville. Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. and the air show will run from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Due to heightened security, all backpacks, coolers and tote bags must be left in visitors’ vehicles and will not be allowed on the airfield. Gate officials may refuse admittance to persons trying to enter with such items. Small handbags and folding chairs without their cases are allowed.