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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.
- 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
- Folding chairs and lawn chairs
- Water bottles; free water-refill stations will be available
- Hearing protection
- Sunhats/baseball caps
- Duffle bags
- Large purses
- 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
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/
Wings of Freedom*
Commemorative Air Force*
Super Cub Short Take-Off and Landing Demonstration*
C-17 Demonstration Team
P-51 Heritage Flight
Joint Force Demonstration
212th Rescue Squadron Para Rescue Jumpers
Team Rocket Airshows
US Navy Blue Angels
*Alaska Air Show provided performer
Arctic Thunder is scheduled for July 30 and 31, 2016.
|Starting at 09:00 AM||Gates Open
|Starting at 10:00 AM||Opening Ceremonies
|Starting at 12:00 PM||Afternoon Events
|Starting at 4:00 PM||Grand Finale
|Starting at 5:00 PM||Event Closes
|Arctic Thunder warbirds fly over Anchorage
A North American AT-6 Texan, BT-13 and AT-6 Harvard used as advanced trainer during WWII take flight from Merrill Field…
|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…
| Anchorage packs JBER for a show in the sky and on the ground
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…
| Photos: 2014 Arctic Thunder Air Show
Skip Stewart and his Prometheus Bi-Plane and Melissa Pemberton with her Edge540 aircraft make a low pass…
| 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…
|Slideshow: Arctic Thunder 2012
Calling Arctic Thunder Air Show a popular event would be something of an understatement…
Pilots, Blue Angels fill the sky Saturday at Arctic Thunder 2016Arctic 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
Used with permission of the author
|Arctic Thunder air show inspires next generation of pilots
Aerobatics in an Edge 540 aircraft and the voice of a woman, Melissa Pemberton, coming from the pilot seat…
|Arctic Thunder 2014 photo gallery
Hundreds of people turned out Saturday for the Arctic Thunder Air Show at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson…
|Thunderbirds fly into Anchorage for Arctic Thunder
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
Used with permission of the author
| 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….
|Alaskans enjoy day one of Arctic Thunder air show
For the first time since 2010, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels were back at Arctic Thunder Open House…
|Arctic Thunder preview show
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….
|[WATCH] Blue Angels arrive at JBER
In video clip provided by Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the Blue Angels land at JBER…
|Blue Angels prepare for Anchorage air show
The roar of the famed blue and yellow hornets will be heard as the Blue Angels take to the skies above Anchorage…
| Arctic Thunder to feature local pilots, classic planes
Arctic Thunder features several flight demonstrations including that of local talent…
| Arctic Thunder Air Show
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…
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.
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 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:
Arctic Thunder Open House:
Arctic Thunder is scheduled for July 30 and 31, 2016.
Arctic Thunder Performers:
- Jason Newburg*
- Gary Ward*
- Greg Colyer*
- Marcus Paine*
- Wings of Freedom*
- Commemorative Air Force*
- Super Cub Short Take-Off and Landing Demonstration*
- F-22 Demonstration
- CF-18 Demonstration
- C-17 Demonstration Team
- P-51 Heritage Flight
- Joint Force Demonstration
- 212th Rescue Squadron Para Rescue Jumpers
- Team Rocket Airshows
- Anna Serinenko
- Jacquie Warda
- US Navy Blue Angels
*Alaska Air Show provided performer
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|
Copyright 2013 by Patty Lafond.
Making 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.
Please visit their website at www.blueangels.navy.mil for more great information and exciting videos.