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Wings over McConnell frequently asked questions

What time do the gates open?
The gates are open from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

What time does the show start?
The show begins at 11:15 a.m.

How long will the air show last?
The air show will end at 5 p.m. Please note the schedule is subject to change.

Is there a charge for admission or parking?
No. Admission and parking are FREE!

What time will the shuttle buses start running and for how long?
Bus transportation to the show will start at 9:45 a.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. both days.

Will there be handicap buses available?
There will not be handicap buses, but handicapped parking will be available primarily at the parking lot by Building 1094.

Do I need an ID?
No ID required to enter the show. If you are driving on base, the driver must have a government ID, as needed for regular base access.

Which day will the Thunderbirds be performing?
Both! The Thunderbirds will be performing their amazing demonstration both days weather permitting.

Will there be an ATM in case I need money?
Yes, multiple ATM's will be available on site.

Can I bring in food?
Yes, but do not bring food or beverages in glass containers, ice chests and coolers (except small coolers for medical supplies or infant formula purposes) bags larger than a small purse or fanny pack, backpacks and Camelbaks. Please try to throw your trash in the receptacles.

Will there be food available at the show?
Yes, food will be available on site for purchase.

Can l bring in bottled water?
Yes, you can.

Will it be necessary to have hearing protection?
This event will have jets that take off, land and perform. Hearing protection should be the same as you would use at any event that would be extremely loud. Visitors to the air show are encouraged to bring some form of hearing protection.

Are cameras and video recorders allowed?
Yes, you may bring cameras and video recorders into the show. Please keep in mind that everything is subject to search.

Can I take pictures or get autographs?
Yes. Many of the performers make themselves available for autographs and pictures during the show.

Are coolers permitted at the air show?
No. Coolers are not permitted inside the air show gates.

Are pets allowed?
Sorry, there are no pets allowed except for service animals.

Can I leave and re-enter the Air show?
Yes. You can leave and return as much as you need.

Can you bring lawn chairs?
Yes. Lawn chairs, camp chairs and blankets are allowed. Lounge chairs are not permitted. Keep in mind that everything is subject to search.

Is there shade?
There are limited areas of shade available throughout the flight line. Also, you can take a walk through one of our larger static displays to get a break from the sun.

What happens if it rains?
In the event of rain some flying demonstrations may be delayed. However, unless the weather poses a serious threat to the safety of the visitors and participants, the show will proceed as scheduled with some modifications.

What is a static display?
A static display is an aircraft that is on display inside the spectator area. It is not an aircraft that will perform in the show but it will be available to view and take pictures.

Will alcoholic beverages be allowed?

Are there any restrictions on bringing weapons to this event?
Yes. Weapons including pocket knives, multi-tools, replica/toy weapons or pepper spray are not allowed and will be confiscated.

Is there wheelchair access to all seating areas?
Special wheelchair seating is available.

Can I fly my own plane into McConnell AFB?
No. Only pre-approved static display and performer aircraft are allowed to fly into the base for the show

Is parking free?

What attire should I consider?
Wear sunscreen and sunglasses, take a hat, and wear comfortable shoes. This sounds like common sense but you'll be amazed at how much walking you'll do in the sun. Some may prefer the shade of a wing. Whatever your choice, come prepared to be in the elements.

I have small children. Can I bring a stroller/diaper bag/clothes change/etc.?
Yes. Strollers will be hand-searched at the security checkpoint. Please bring only necessary items in a small diaper bag, subject to hand-search at the security checkpoint.

Will there be any souvenirs available?
There will be food, drinks and souvenirs available for purchase.

Can I bring bikes, roller shoes, roller blades or skateboards?
No. Bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, roller shoes and roller blades are not allowed on the ramp, flight line or hangar areas.

Is smoking allowed?
Yes, but only in designated areas.
Will restroom facilities be easily accessible?
Yes. Portable restrooms will be located throughout the air show grounds. Several will be located near parking areas and along high-traffic routes.

Will there be a preview day before the air show?
No, there will be no preview day prior to the air show.

I have a specific question not covered here. Who do I ask?
Please email questions to

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