2018 Arctic Thunder

Arctic Thunder Open House:

The Arctic Thunder Open House is hosted by Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, and provides an opportunity to share the aspects of military life and operations with Anchorage and the greater Alaska community, who support the base’s ability to protect us at home, and engage overseas.

This year’s Arctic Thunder is unique with the anticipated participation of aircraft from allied air forces. There are over 40 static displays, and over seven hours of flying activities, including six military demonstrations, the joint forces demonstration, and eight civilian and warbird demonstrations.

The Alaska Air Show Association is proud of its collaboration with the base and the community and contributing to the aerial displays.

Arctic Thunder is scheduled for June 30 and July 1, 2018.

Arctic Thunder Performers:

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does admission cost? Admission is FREE and general parking is FREE

Transportation: Arctic Thunder General Public Entry is restricted to either the Boniface Parkway or Fort Richardson gates only.  Motor homes and RVs are prohibited.

Permissible Items:

  • Personal carts or wheelchairs for physically challenged visitors
  • Diaper bags for guests with small children
  • Small women’s purses
  • Strollers for small children
  • Official service dogs (credentials may be requested)
  • Photo or video cameras; must be small enough to carry by hand
  • Binoculars
  • Folding chairs and lawn chairs

Recommended Items:

  • Water bottles; free water-refill stations will be available
  • Sunscreen
  • Hearing protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhats/baseball caps

Prohibited Items:

  • Coolers
  • Alcohol
  • Backpacks
  • Duffle bags
  • Large purses
  • Camelbacks
  • Paint
  • Balloons
  • Large camera bags
  • Illegal drugs including marijuana
  • Weapons (brass knuckles, mace, pepper spray, box cutters, firearms, knives, batons)
  • Military uniforms worn by non-military members
  • Gang or motorcycle club affiliated colors or clothing
  • Bicycles (inside the open house viewing area)
  • Motorcycles & bicycles ridden on base outside of viewing areas must wear a helmet
  • Scooters
  • Skates
  • Skateboards
  • Go-carts
  • Wagons
  • Umbrellas

All pets are prohibited from the Arctic Thunder grounds. Service animals assisting physically challenged guests will be authorized. At no time will pets be left unattended outside the area or in vehicles.


For more information, please go to http://www.jber.af.mil/arcticthunder/