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.
Here at the end of December we hope all our friends continue enjoying happy and peaceful Holidays. Planning continues to move forward for the 2016 Arctic Thunder Open House and Air Show. Our community relations with sponsors and the base leadership are the healthiest ever, even in a time of budgetary constraints.
We were able to participate in the International Council of Air Shows’ annual convention and have identified the performers the Association is providing Arctic Thunder, including a cold war era jet—a first for us! We are welcoming back some familiar world-class aerobatic performers, some new top-notch talent, and Alaska flyers that are perennial crowd pleasers. The line up includes:
Gary Ward and his MX-2
Jason Newburg and his Viper Pitts
Marcus Paine and his Stearman
A Super Cub short take off and landing demonstration
Greg Colyer and his T-33 Ace Maker II
Wings of Freedom
Commemorative Air Force Alaska Wing
This offering represents a record number of acts for the Association, and is made possible only through continued sponsorship donations, which can now be made online (Click here). I would like to personally thank all the sponsors who have pledged their support these past several months. But we need additional sponsorship to help make this a successful air show season. Please consider a generous tax-deductible sponsorship for this great community-building event.
We are also pleased to announce that we have retained Paul and Kimberleigh Gavin to develop a beautiful poster for next year’s event.
The Association is involved in another first: we are assisting Eielson AFB with their air show, which is being held 27 and 28 July, the weekend prior to Arctic Thunder. We are making our contracted acts available to the base for their air show, which now promises to create what amounts to an “Aviation Week” during the summer of 2016 in Alaska.
Finally, a quick word of thanks to Mr. Dave Peters, who served as president for the majority of 2015. He brought fresh ideas to the organization, and we thank him for his continuing service on the Board. I am proud to be back with such a tight-knit board whose singular focus is delivering inspiration, communication and education about Alaska’s aviation heritage in support of Arctic Thunder.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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