2018 Air & Space Expo

Joint Base Charleston Air and Space Expo is a free community event where the latest and greatest military and commercial aircraft will be on display in the air and on the ground. The main event will feature the U.S. Air Force’s elite aerial demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds!

Though Joint Base Charleston is open to the public for the Air & Space Expo, Joint Base Charleston is not an open installation for political or other inappropriate speech.  While on the installation, your rights are restricted in the interest of maintaining good order and discipline.  The wear or possession of indecent, provocative, or offensive clothing or the display or distribution of any inappropriate material, of any type, will result in your denied entry or your removal from the Air & Space Expo at Joint Base Charleston.

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General Information

April 28, 2018
FREE Admission
FREE Parking
Gates open at 8:30 a.m.

Performers
Schedule of Events

8:30 am - Gates Open
10 am - Flying Starts

Morning Aerial and Ground Performances

  • Opening Ceremony
  • US Army Special Operations Black Daggers Flag Jump
  • Bill Stein & Kevin Coleman Acrobatics
  • Celebrate Freedom Foundation’s UH-1 Cobra Helicopter Demo
  • Man vs. Impossible C-17 Plane Pull
  • Mobility Heritage Flyby – C-17 Globemaster III & C-47 Skytrain
  • Gary Ward Acrobatics
  • Greg Koontz’s Alabama Boys
  • Fighter Heritage Flyby – F-16 Falcon & P-51 Mustang
  • F-16 Falcon Performance Passes
  • Kevin Coleman Acrobatics
  • F-86 Sabre Demonstration
  • USAF Honor Guard Performance

Afternoon Aerial and Ground Performances

  • F-35 Lightning Performance Passes
  • Prowlers of the Pacific “Battle of Midway” Reenactment
  • Warrior Aviation L-39 Mock Dogfight Demonstration
  • US Army Special Operations Black Daggers Combat Jump
  • C-17 Globemaster III Capabilities Demonstration
  • Acemaker T-33 Shooting Star Demonstration
  • Randy Ball’s MIG-17 Fresco Demonstration
  • Bill Stein Acrobatics
  • Aeroshell’s T-6 Texan Formation Flight
  • USAF Honor Guard Performance
  • Man vs. Impossible C-17 Plane Pull

50+ Aircraft statics, military displays, STEM Expo are open for the entire duration of Air & Space Expo

5 pm - Gates Close

**Subject to Change**

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Map & Directions

Directions to the Rivers Avenue Gate

From Mt Pleasant

Get on I-526 and take the I-26 West exit to Columbia. In approx 2 miles, take Exit 211A to West Aviation Ave. Go straight on West Aviation Ave until road nearly ends (approx 1 mile). Turn right at the light after passing railroad tracks (you will notice a sign) and follow the road, which will take you directly to the gate for entry onto the base. Once you are on the base, follow that road until it ends at the stop sign, and turn left. That will put you on Hill Blvd. Drive through the next 4-way stop sign. You will see the Charleston Club on the left side of the road just past the stop sign. Turn left and then an immediate left into the parking lot. Park in any unmarked spot.

 

From Columbia

Take I-26 to Charleston and take Exit 211A to West Aviation Ave. Go straight on West Aviation Ave until road nearly ends (approx 1 mile). Turn right at the light after passing railroad tracks (you will notice a sign) and follow the road, which will take you directly to the gate for entry onto the base. Once you are on the base, follow that road until it ends at the stop sign, and turn left. That will put you on Hill Blvd. Drive through the next stop sign (4-way). You will see the Charleston Club on the left side of the road just past the stop sign. Turn left and then an immediate left into the parking lot. Park in any unmarked spot.

Directions to the Dorchester Road Gate

From Charleston or North Charleston

Driving down Dorchester Road, turn right into the gate.  You will be on Hill Blvd.  Follow Hill Blvd through one red light, and two stop signs.  Just past the second stop sign, you will see the Charleston Club on the left hand side of the road.  Turn left and then another immediate left into the parking lot.  Park in any unmarked spot.

From Summerville

Driving down Dorchester Road, turn left into the gate.  You will be on Hill Blvd.  Follow Hill Blvd through one red light, and two stop signs.  Just past the second stop sign, you will see the Charleston Club on the left hand side of the road.  Turn left and then another immediate left into the parking lot.  Park in any unmarked spot.

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For Your Safety!
  • Prohibited Items
    • Weapons of any kind including: pocket knives, pocket tools, scissors, box cutters, nun-chucks, billy clubs, largeheavy chain -linked jewelry or belts, mace/pepper spray, firearms. larger purses and drones
    • Toys resembling firearms
    • Fireworks
    • Spray paint/silly string
    • Glass containers
    • Alcohol and illegal drugs
    • Bicycles and skateboards
    • Heelies, roller skates and rollerblades
    • Coolers
    • Rucksacks and backpacks
    • Animals and pets
    • Canteens, thermoses and other hard-sided water bottles i.e. Nalgene Bottles
    • Tents
  • Permitted Items
    • Strollers and wagons for toddlers
    • Diaper bags
    • Lawn chairs
    • Small purses
    • Wheelchairs and other medical equipment/devices
    • Cameras, video recorders, binoculars (must be able to demonstrate items are operable)
    • Blankets
    • Personal umbrellas
  • Recommended Items
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Ear plugs/hearing protection
    • Sunscreen
    • Cameras
    • Plastic water bottles
    • Pen for autographs
  • Safety Items
    • For the safety of all visitors and aircraft, there is NO smoking on the flight line/Expo Area
    • DO NOT cross the crowd fencing and ropes, as this may cause the air show to be stopped
    • DO NOT touch or climb on any aircraft unless invited to do so by the aircrew
    • Remember trash can be sucked into aircraft engines, damaging the aircraft and endangering the lives of the pilots and aircrew. Please keep the flight line/Expo Area litter free by using trash receptacles.
    • Watch for tent ropes, aircraft tie-down chains and other tripping hazards
    • Observe all signs such as "NO SMOKING", "DO NOT ENTER" and "DO NOT TOUCH"

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Community Sponsors & Partners

We would like to thank all our community sponsors and partners for supporting the JB Charleston Air & Space Expo!

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FAQs
 I have small children. Can I bring a stroller, diaper bag, or change of clothes?

Yes. Strollers will be hand-searched at the security checkpoint. Please bring only necessary items in the diaper bag, subject to hand-search at the security checkpoint. Also please consider bringing hearing protection for small children.

Can I bring my camera, video camera, or cell phone?

Yes. There are no security restrictions on these items. However, large camera bags are not permitted. Bring only necessary camera equipment, leaving extra attachments at home. A small fanny pack or vest is useful for carrying small lenses. Keep in mind that everything is subject to search.

Can I bring food?

Small snacks are fine as long as they are not in glass containers.  In addition, no ice chests or coolers (except small coolers for medical supplies or infant formula purposes).  No bags larger than a small purse.  Fanny packs, backpacks and Camelbaks will be allowed (Camelbaks must be empty). All items brought are subject to approval by gate security personnel and are hand-searched at security checkpoint.  

Will there be any food or souvenirs available?

Yes. There will be concessions for food, drinks, and souvenirs.  

Can I leave and re-enter Tampa Bay AirFest?      

Yes. You may leave and re-enter as many times as needed. However, anyone re-entering will have to go through the security checkpoints again.

Is tailgating allowed?

No.

Is smoking allowed?

Yes, but only in designated areas and not on the flight line. 

Are alcoholic beverages allowed?

Those over 21 can purchase them at concessions, but you cannot bring your own.   

Will restroom facilities be easily accessible?

Yes. Portable restrooms can be found in designated areas on the flight line.

Can I take pictures or get autographs?

Yes. Many of the performers make themselves available for autographs and pictures during the show.

Will it be necessary to have hearing protection?

Due to the nature of the event, it is highly encouraged you bring hearing protection – especially for children. There will be a number of aircraft taking off, landing, and performing, which will be extremely loud.  Hearing protection will be available for purchase as well.

Which day will the Blue Angels be performing?

Both! The Blue Angels will perform their amazing demonstrations both days, weather permitting.

Will there be shade?

There are limited areas of shade available throughout the flight line. You can take a walk through one of our larger static displays to get a break from the sun, as well as a an open hangar featuring displays.

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.  In the event of an Air Show cancellation, announcements will be coordinated with local news agencies and social media.

Are umbrellas allowed at the air show?

Small rain umbrellas are fine to bring (the small ones that fit in a purse), but large golf umbrellas or shade umbrellas are banned as they may block the view of spectators behind you.

What type of medical services will be available? 

 

First aid only will be provided such as oral hydration, treatment for minor cuts and bruises, and application of emergency medications (ex. Epi-pens). Medical personnel will stabilize and coordinate transportation to higher level of care for all other injuries/illnesses.