Nellis Aviation Nation 2016

Brandon Sumulong

Nellis Aviation Nation will return in 2016, celebrating 75 years of air power. Despite having the event cancelled in 2015, the airshow will continue to fly high. The Air Force spends about $300,000 to host an airshow. The U.S Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration team will continue to perform their demonstration to the public. Of course the air-to-air and air-to-ground demonstration is definitely something that shouldn’t be missed and certainly not the F-22 Raptor. The airshow will display several static displays, and aerial demonstrations from the past and present. Before attending the airshow here is what’s important: to know


The airshow is open to the public and it’s free to all visitors. Visitors arriving at the airshow will park at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and take the shuttle bus. All handicapped parking is designated at the speedway along with an accessible bus. However, handicapped parking permits are required. The bus will drop visitors at the Thunderbird hangar entrance.

The 99th Security Forces Squadron and additional Law Enforcement will spectate the traffic. Nellis Personal will have quick access to the base to minimize traffic levels.

Expect security precautions. All public visitors will go through security lines on the base. Privately owned vehicles without Department of Defense ID are allowed inside Nellis Air Force Base.


Use sunscreen and be sure to bring hearing protection as the airshow is very loud from jet noises and gasoline explosives. Wear sunglasses and a hat; the flightline is very bright.

Bring as much cash as possible; things like food, drinks and souvenirs are very expensive.


Here some prohibited items at the airshow:


The rule of thumb is if you are not allowed to bring weapons to the airport, do not bring them to the airshow.

  • Weapons of any kind including pocket knives, pocket tools, scissors, box cutters, billy clubs, large heavy chain link jewelry or belts, mace and pepper spray
  • Firearms of any type
  • Toys that resemble firearms, laser pointers
  • Fireworks
  • Pets (except for service animals)
  • Spray paint and silly string
  • Outside food, coolers, grills, or glass containers
  • Alcohol, illegal drugs, medical marijuana
  • Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, heelies, roller skates or roller blades
  • Excessively large items and bags (the only exceptions are diaper bags, small purses, and small camera bags)

All visitors are subject to search by Security Forces.