Thunder of Niagara Air Show FAQs

Gates open at 9:00 am on Saturday and Sunday of the show. VIP ticket holders, please check your ticket for early access details. Gates close at 5:00 PM, both days.

No. Admission to the show and Parking are free!

Yes, there will be handicapped parking areas as close as possible to the Air Show ramp.

Aircraft will take to the sky at 11:00 am.

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.

Small purses or fanny packs are permitted, subject to approval by gate security personnel and a hand-search at the security checkpoint. Storage bags such as backpacks, briefcases, duffle bags, suitcases, and large camera bags ARE NOT permitted.

Small purses are permitted, subject to approval by gate security personnel and a hand-search at the security checkpoint. Large purses (tote bag type), storage bags such as backpacks, briefcases, duffle bags, suitcases, and large camera bags ARE NOT permitted.

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 camera vest is useful for carrying extra film and small lenses.

Water is allowed in a single clear plastic bottle. Coolers, cans, or glass bottles ARE NOT permitted. Please do not attempt to bring food or drink. These items will not be permitted on the airfield. All items brought are subject to approval by gate security personnel and a hand-search at security checkpoint.

Small “rain umbrellas” are fine to bring (small ones that fit in a purse or bag), but the big golf umbrellas or shade umbrellas are not permitted.

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. Large diaper bags will not be permitted. You can return to your vehicle during the show to get extra clothes, restock diaper items, etc.

Yes. If your folding chair is one of the types that come in a carrying-case, please have it out for inspection.

No pets are allowed for the public. Service animals are authorized with proper documentation.

There will be concessions at the 2015 Thunder of Niagara Airshow. There will be food, drinks, and souvenirs available for purchase.

No. Bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, heelies and roller blades are not allowed on the ramp, flight line or hangar areas.

Firearms, knives (including pocket knives and all-purpose tools, i.e. Leatherman), alcohol or illegal drugs/paraphernalia, large golf umbrellas, scanners, backpacks, coolers, and large bags. The following items are allowed but will be searched (small purses, small diaper bags if accompanying a child, small camera bags, and lawn chairs).

Yes. Since the show has no admission fee, you may leave and re-enter as you desire. Anyone re-entering will be required to go through security checkpoints again.

Yes, but only in designated areas. (NOT ON THE FLIGHT LINE)

No ID is required to gain access to the installation. However, all New York state laws requiring identification apply for driving and purchasing alcoholic beverages.

Yes. Portable restrooms will be located throughout the air show grounds. Several will be located near parking areas and along high-traffic routes.

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

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 will be extremely loud. Visitors to the Air Show are encouraged to bring some form of hearing protection with them.

The New York State Police, Niagara County Sheriffs, Town of Niagara Police and NITTEC will work hand in hand with on-base Air Force Security Forces personnel to expedite traffic in and out of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Please note that law enforcement personnel and NITTEC may counter flow traffic on roads surrounding the Air Show for faster and more efficient traffic flow both in and out – so it is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT to watch for signs and follow traffic officers’ direction. Please note: Walmore Road will be closed to traffic during the Thunderbird Performance.

Safety is always a primary concern at air shows. The personnel at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station work very closely with local and federal authorities to ensure safety. They follow and enforce all security rules and regulations required. You will notice extra security at the air show, both military and civilian.

Be prepared for 100% security checks with metal detectors at all entrances. All hand-carried items WILL be searched. All confiscated items WILL NOT be returned. Containers such as backpacks and coolers ARE NOT allowed to be brought into the show, you can leave them in your vehicle. Some exceptions will be made for items such as small diaper bags, small purses, and folding lawn chairs. Visitors must submit them to security personnel for an inspection. Weapons are strictly prohibited. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, blades (including pocket knives), blunt objects, edge weapons and pepper spray. Patrons with firearms will be asked to leave the installation or their weapons will be confiscated and will not be returned. Amnesty boxes will be available.

For more information call the 914th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office at 716-236-2136 or via email at