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Frequently Asked Questions

2018 Thunder of Niagara International Air Show Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 5/17/2018

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What time do the gates open?

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 admittance after 2:30pm.

Will there be specific parking for the disabled?

Yes, there will be Disabled Parking areas as close as possible to the Air Show ramp. Show your valid Disabled Parking tag to security to be directed to this area.

When will the flying begin?

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

Is there a fee for admission or parking?

No. Admission to the show and Parking are FREE!

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

Yes. Strollers and wagons are allowed but will be hand-searched at the security checkpoint. Please bring only necessary items in the diaper bag, also subject to hand-search at the security checkpoint. Please consider bringing hearing protection for small children.
DIMENSIONS: Diaper bags, small purses, and small camera bags at or below 21 inches long, 10 inches wide, 10 inches deep are allowed

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

Yes. There are no security restrictions on these items. However, large camera bags and tripods 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 and you cannot disrupt the viewing for other attendees, especially in the VIP areas.

Can I use UBER or LYFT ride sharing?

Yes. All ride share customers should direct drivers to pick up and drop off at the NFARS Visitor Center, just inside the main gate to the right before the guard shack. Physical address is 10405 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304

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. (at or below 21 inches long, 10 inches wide, 10 inches deep) 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 the Air Show?

Yes. You may leave and re-enter as many times as needed up until 2:30pm each day. However, anyone re-entering will have to go through the security checkpoints again.

Is tailgating allowed?


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.

Do I need an ID?

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.

Can I bring folding chairs?

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

Will restroom facilities be easily accessible?

Yes. Portable restrooms will be located throughout the Niagara ramp.

Can I take pictures or get autographs?

Yes. Many of the performers make themselves available for autographs and pictures during the show. However, no large camera bags, tripods or lenses will be allowed, especially in the VIP area. You cannot disrupt the viewing area of other attendees.

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 Thunderbirds, Snowbirds and F-22 be performing?

Both! All 3 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 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.

How will traffic be handled to and from the Air Show?

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. **To avoid traffic delays, you are strongly encouraged to use one of the free offsite parking lots and free shuttles to the base. (See Parking & Directions page)**

Is it safe to come to the Air Show?

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.

Who can I call for additional information?

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