The information on this page pertains to the 2021 Arctic Lightning Airshow. Information related to future airshows will be provided if and when it becomes available.
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(Current as of July 28, 2021)
***** GATES WILL OPEN AT 9 a.m., July 31-Aug 1*****
***** Aerial Acts will perform between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.*****
Gene’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM will be kicking off the Arctic Lightning Air Show, performing two 700+ Horsepower Drag Races each day with a Max Speed Demonstration. Gene’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM is a Presenting Sponsor of the Air Show. Be sure to stop by their booth, grab a swag bag, and check out one of their amazing rides!
Vendor information: www.eielsonforcesupport.com/festivals/airshow
***** No Trailers (5th Wheels, Camping Trailers, Boat Trailers, etc.) RVs are Permitted *****
How much are tickets?
Free! Any attempt to sell you tickets is a scam and we ask that you please report it to email@example.com or via Facebook Messenger to the Eielson AFB account.
Will the Richardson Highway be closed during the Airshow?
The section of the Richardson Highway along the Eielson flight line will be closed periodically throughout the airshow. We are still working with local authorities to finalize these details.
Can a Department of Defense cardholder sponsor non-cardholders through the North Gate (Hursey Gate) during the Airshow?
Not necessary! The airshow is completely free and open to the public. Non-DoD cardholders will not need to be sponsored on the installation.
What identification is required to get on base?
There will be no identification requirements for visitors entering through the Main Gate (Hursey Gate). The Temporary Gate will only be used by personnel assigned to Eielson AFB, Distinguished Visitors, and Vendors. Distinguished Visitors and Vendors will be vetted and added to an EAL prior to the Airshow.
Will hearing protection be provided?
Earplugs are not provided to attendees. Visitors are highly encouraged to bring their own for ease of use or comfort.
Are seats available or can I bring my own foldable chairs?
More information to follow.
Can I bring my own food and drinks to the Airshow?
No! There will be a variety of food vendors on-site. Only food allowed is that for an infant or toddler.
Can we bring alcohol onto the base?
No, but alcohol will be available for purchase at the airshow. But it must be consumed on the premise and we ask that people have a plan for a designated driver to get them home safely.
Will spectators be allowed to take photos and video?
Of course! We encourage all visitors to take photos and videos throughout the event.
Will there be sitting areas, restrooms, etc. for people with disabilities?
Anyone covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act will have reserved spots located closest to security. There will also be handicap accessible bathrooms available.
Are pets allowed?
No, but service animals with the appropriate paperwork are permitted.
Is there a schedule for the aerial performances?
While there is currently no schedule for the airshow, aerial performance times will be determined as the airshow gets closer.
Media wishing to cover the Arctic Lightning Air Show are invited to do so on Friday, July 30, 2021 and must coordinate with the 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office for a media escort. The 354th Fighter Wing commander, Air Show Boss and representatives from the aerial demonstration teams are scheduled to be available for interviews.
Members of the media are required to RSVP no later than July 28, 2021 by 4 p.m. with the 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office at 907-377-2116; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out these media links from past shows: