The Alaska Air Show Association offers a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities to support Alaska’s premiere aviation event, the Arctic Thunder Open House and Air Show at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. Your sponsorship provides thrilling, nationally known aerobatic performers and warbird aircraft honoring World War II and Cold War heroes.

Sponsors have the opportunity to participate in pre air-show events, as well as enjoy various levels of recognition during the show itself.

Additionally, the Alaska Air Show Association produce radio and TV advertisement that recognizes a Sponsor’s support for the open house events. Our television ads are designed to reach over 85% of persons 25-54 over 3 times. Radio coverage typically reaches over 100,000 people over 4 times each.

The Alaska Air Show Association is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, and all monetary sponsorship contributions are tax deductible. That means your sponsorship dollars go further, providing your company with a tax advantage and unique potential marketing opportunities on and off base. Arctic Thunder is the largest attended event in Alaska, having nearly 200,000 attendees over the course of the weekend.

Sponsorships are available at the following levels:

  • Patriot $1,500
  • Eagle $2,500
  • Freedom $5,000
  • Liberty $10,000
  • Independence $15,000
  • American $20,000
  • Flagship $50,000

The Association welcomes tax-deductible donations from individuals as well.

For more information, call (907) 273-1621 or to become a sponsor directly, or to make a tax-deductible donation, click here:


2016 Arctic Thunder Air Show

Arctic Thunder Open House:

Arctic Thunder is scheduled for July 30 and 31, 2016.

Arctic Thunder Performers:

*Alaska Air Show provided performer

Sponsor Contact Form

Sponsor Arctic Thunder with the Alaska Air Show Association today! If you’d like more information about the Alaska Air Show Association sponsorship opportunities, please use our handy contact form below.

Arctic Thunder Frequently Asked Question

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Transportation:  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.


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2016 Arctic Thunder Schedule:

Arctic Thunder is scheduled for July 30 and 31, 2016.

Starting at  09:00 AM Gates Open

  • JBER officially opens its gates for public entry.
Starting at  10:00 AM Opening Ceremonies

  • Alaska National Guard Flyover
  • Viper Airshows
  • CF-18 Demonstrator
  • Acemaker
  • Warbird Flyby
Starting at  12:00 PM Afternoon Events

  • Presentation:  Military Warrior Support Foundation
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems Demonstration
  • Army Band Performance
  • Anna Serbinenko
  • Team Rocket
  • Joint Force Demonstration
  • C-17 Demonstration
  • Jacquie Warda
  • F-22 Demonstration
  • Heritage Flight
  • Marcus Paine
  • Alaska STOL Demonstration
Starting at  4:00 PM Grand Finale

  • The Blue Angels
Starting at  5:00 PM Event Closes

  • Arctic Thunder ends & JBER resets for the next scheduled day.

Arctic Thunder 2016 News Reports & Other Media

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A North American AT-6 Texan, BT-13 and AT-6 Harvard used as advanced trainer during WWII take flight from Merrill Field…
adn-Saturday-highlights Watch: Saturday highlights from Arctic Thunder 
More than 100,000 people came out Saturday for the year’s biggest show at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson…
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Stephanie Varner held onto her stroller with one hand and used the other to photograph her husband and 2-year-old son in the interior of a giant aircraft…
adn-Photos  Photos: 2014 Arctic Thunder Air Show
Skip Stewart and his Prometheus Bi-Plane and Melissa Pemberton with her Edge540 aircraft make a low pass…
adn-VIDEO  VIDEO: 2014 Arctic Thunder Air Show
Every two years, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson opens its gates to the public for two days of free aerial demonstrations, military equipment displays and aircraft tours…
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Calling Arctic Thunder Air Show a popular event would be something of an understatement…

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Arctic Thunder 2016 kicked off at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) Saturday…
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War Birds take to the skies over Anchorage ahead of Arctic Thunder

By Bonney Bowman
The Arctic Thunder Air Show and Open House is this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, but it’s not all about the latest and greatest airplanes.
World War II-era planes knows as War Birds are also part of the air show. The War Birds are part of the Wings of Freedom Commemorative Air Force, a group dedicated to preserving and showing off planes used in war time.
World War II veteran Tom Godfrey took to the sky Wednesday in a T6 Texan, although he said it’s a little smaller than the plane flew in during the war.
“I was in a 4-engine B24,” Godfrey recalled of his time during WWII. ”We used to ride it right up in the nose, being a navigator.”
Godfrey’s wife, Mariyln, says the plane sounds the same as it did 70 years ago
“You hear that and you just go, oh, too many memories flood back,” she said.
That reaction is why pilot Clyde Beattie says flying these War Birds is rewarding.
“There’s not that many of these left,” he said. “They’re very rare and we’re very lucky to get a chance to fly them.”
Seeing them in the sky over Anchorage, the old planes stand out as a memory of days gone by.
“I think history is important and we need to remember what our country is, what we fought for and what these people represented, or represent still today,” said Marilyn Godfrey.
The War Birds will be taking part in Arctic Thunder, performing formation fly-overs for the crowd. They’ll also be parked as static displays so visitors can take an up-close look.

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Aerobatics in an Edge 540 aircraft and the voice of a woman, Melissa Pemberton, coming from the pilot seat…
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Hundreds of people turned out Saturday for the Arctic Thunder Air Show at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson…
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The Thunderbirds are the big attraction this weekend at Arctic Thunder 2014, but for one of the pilots, Alaska is the main event…
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In the cockpit with the Blue Angels

By KTVA CBS 11 News
Watching from the ground, have you ever wondered what it feels like to be in the cockpit of one of the Blue Angels? KTVA 11’s Bonney Bowman flew in the Number 7 plane with pilot Lt. Tyler Davies, for whom flying was a lifelong dream.
“My dad took me to an air show when I was 6 years old and I saw the Blue Angels for the first time and I didn’t know anything about it, but I wanted to do it. It was like, I don’t know why I want to do that — I just want to do it,” said Davies.
The Blue Angels fly F18 Hornets. Davies took the plane through a series of maneuvers he might use during combat, including aileron rolls, 360 spins, inverted flying, a hesitation roll and a carrier break. The carrier break creates high G-forces. Bonney experienced a 7.2 G and remained conscious thanks to preflight training.
Cruising through the clouds, it’s easy to see why the pilots love to fly and why the crowds love to watch them. Davies says the best part for him is inspiring kids the way he was inspired.
“Shoot for something that’s really difficult. Put your dreams in a rocket launcher, aim for a star and just go for it,” he said.

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voice-of-the-air-show The voice of the air show
There’s a saying in the air show industry: A good narrator can make a bad air show, better….

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For the first time since 2010, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels were back at Arctic Thunder Open House…
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Thousands of people will make their way to JBER this weekend but on Friday a select group of people got a preview of the big air show….
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In video clip provided by Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the Blue Angels land at JBER…

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The roar of the famed blue and yellow hornets will be heard as the Blue Angels take to the skies above Anchorage…
local-pilots  Arctic Thunder to feature local pilots, classic planes
Arctic Thunder features several flight demonstrations including that of local talent…
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Airshow pilot Marcus Paine tells about the Arctic Thunder Airshow that he flew his biplane from Arizona to Anchorage to participate in on July 30-31…

Mission & History

While chartered to promote and support air shows at Joint Base Elmendorf Richards, the Association is really all about inspiration, commemoration and education. Aviation, whether civil or military, plays a vital role in Alaska’s history, development and every day life. The Association is proud to provide flyers and aircraft that enthusiastically promote the importance of aviation and Alaska’s aviation heritage. And we are proud to support scholarships for Alaska’s future aviators.


Floyd and Angie Gori
Floyd and Angie Gori

The Alaska Air Show Association was founded in 1990 by Floyd Gori, a retired Air Force Colonel, his wife Angie, and a group of Anchorage citizens. Floyd was asked by the 21st Tactical Fighter Wing Vice Commander to assist with bringing old and new aircraft together in the spirit of community cooperation with the United States Air Force. Floyd’s group and active duty aircrew members planned the first air show event over dinner at the Officer’s Club at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Floyd was born in 1928 and served in the US Air Force for 30 years. He took part in the Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Cold War, having overseen work at Shemya Island in the Aleutians. Among the awards he received were the Korea Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Vietnam Service Medal and Air Medal. After retirement he went into several business operations, but always maintained a keen interest in airplanes and anything to do with World War II history.

Angie Gori was born in 1945, and after a year in college, became a lifelong Army Corps of Engineers employee, receiving many awards for her work. She had assignments in Vietnam, South Korea, San Diego, and finally at the Alaska District on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson.

Each year, Floyd and Angie graciously hosted planning sessions in their home and were able to greatly expand the cooperation and support of the community with the air show. Floyd’s efforts gained the wholehearted support of local sponsors, which in turn helped the Association bring quality, world-class aerobatic performers to Arctic Thunder annually.

In 2000, The Association was formally chartered as a non-profit corporation with the State of Alaska and the IRS. The stated purpose of the Association “…is to promote and support air shows and open house activities at Elmendorf Air Force Base which enhance the military’s image and the base’s relationship with the community.”

Floyd and Angie continued to serve the Association until 2004, but remained keenly interested in the Association’s activities and growth throughout their retirement. Floyd passed away in 2013 and Angie in 2014.

Following the attacks on September 11, 2001, and due to the deployment activities supporting the Global War on Terror, the air shows at the base went to an every other year format beginning in 2004.

After joining the Board of Directors for the 2001-2 show season, Mr. Bill Kontess became the Association’s third president in 2005. Bill is a retired US Air Force civil engineer officer, and is a practicing architect and project manager in Anchorage. Under his tenure, the Association has nearly quadrupled sponsorship participation to nearly 40 local and national sponsors. The Association has also grown from supporting only Arctic Thunder, to assisting the base with welcoming festivities for the C-17 and F-22 beddown and culminating with a spectacular Centennial Celebration of Alaska Aviation, featuring 22 fly-ins around Alaska, including into the Arctic Circle. The Centennial Celebration featured numerous WWII and historic aircraft and was enthusiastically supported by residents of numerous rural communities throughout the State.

With the tightening of federal budgets, the Association has seen significant growth in community support to Arctic Thunder, allowing the Association to go from providing one or two civilian aerobatic performers to providing 4 civilian aerobatic acts and 4 warbird acts for 2016 to both Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and Eielson AFB.

The Association remains fully committed to its charge of inspiring, commemorating and educating.


The Alaska Air Show Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the display of aviation to provide a venue for the community by promoting aerospace power, national defense and the mission of our Air Forces through sponsorship of base open houses and air shows throughout Alaska.

We also intend to honor those heroic aviators who have contributed so much to the growth and defense of our way of life with particular emphasis placed on educating young people to inspire them to military careers and support for a strong military.

Your 2016-2018 Corporate Officers and Board Members

 Bill Kontess – President  Dave Peters – Board Member
 Chuck Miller – Vice President  Greg MacDonald – Board Member
 Jessica Loughlin – Treasurer  Mike Bridges – Sr. Board Advisor
 Mike Loughlin – Secretary  Phil Cochrane – Board Advisor
 John Podolinsky – Board Advisor

Patty Lafond

Copyright 2013 by Patty Lafond.

US Navy Blue Angels

Blue Angel-SingleMaking their first appearance since Arctic Thunder 2010, the Association is thrilled to have the Blue Angels as the featured jet team for Arctic Thunder, 2016 at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. The Blue Angels showcase demonstrate the Unites States Navy and Marine Corps’ commitment to professionalism, excellence and service through these world-class flight demonstrations and community outreach.

The Blue Angels are comprised of 16 officers fill the flying and support positions. Jet pilots have aircraft carrier qualifications and at least 1,250 tactical jet flight hours. Over 100 enlisted personnel support the demonstration squadron, with such specialties as airframes, avionics, aviation medicine, crew chiefs, logistics, among others.

The Blue Angels fly the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet and the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules.

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