Q & A — Chennault International Airshow

Chennault International Airshow follows the “tailgate airshow” model, with vehicles parking in rows at the flight line and along the adjacent tailgate viewing area.

Your ticket buys the space where you park your vehicle and watch the airshow.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Are the Airshow performances the same on all days?2023-02-24T18:55:31+00:00

The performers and time slots are the same on Saturday, May, 20, and Sunday, May 21. The Twilight Show on Friday, May 19, is different — it is shorter, has selected performers and is adjusted to stand out against a dark sky. Please note, however, that scheduled events, performers, teams and activities are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Weather, mechanical conditions and medical issues are all factors that may force a team and/or performer to adjust and/or cancel their performance. Performer cancellation does not qualify for a ticket refund.

Can I bring my own food and drinks?2023-01-11T13:27:44+00:00

Sure! Bring what you’d like, with three important limits. First, there’s no cooking or heating of food allowed — so only bring already-prepared and read-to-eat food. Second, no glass containers are allowed. Third, all local laws regarding consumption of alcohol will be in effect — and will be enforced. (And remember: there will also be food and beverage vendors.)

What does a Zone A ticket offer?2023-01-11T13:28:25+00:00

You get a tailgate slot within the area closest to all the aviation action — the “show line.” This area is the first rows of the airfield. Even if you arrive late, you’re guaranteed a spot there.

Can I buy a ticket the day of the show?2023-01-11T13:28:51+00:00

No. The deadline to buy a ticket for the Saturday show is Friday, May 19 (unless the show is already sold out). The deadline to buy a ticket for the Sunday show is Saturday, May 20 (unless it’s sold out).

How many people can be in my vehicle?2023-01-11T13:29:16+00:00

You can have as many people as the number of seat belts in your vehicle. This is for safety reasons as well as for your group’s viewing enjoyment.

Do I need to buy a ticket for everyone in the vehicle?2023-01-11T13:29:51+00:00

You buy one ticket per vehicle, good for one day’s admission. That ticket admits everyone in the vehicle.

What if my vehicle is oversized?2023-01-11T13:30:29+00:00

For RVs and other oversized vehicles — those larger than standard cars, pickups, or SUVs — you buy a ticket for the RV Zone. You will have a 25’ x 25’ tailgate area adjacent to where you are parked.

Setting Up your Tailgate

What can I bring? What can’t I bring?2023-01-11T13:31:28+00:00

You are welcome to bring:

  • Tables and chairs
  • Golf umbrellas up to 60 inches across
  • Coolers, including food and beverages
  • Service animals

Prohibited items include:

  • Generators
  • Glass containers
  • Tents
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Grills
  • Animals, except for service animals
  • Motorcycles
  • Golf carts
  • ATVs
  • Bicycles, skates, skateboards, rollerblades
  • Drones
  • Kites
  • Narcotics
  • Guns or any other weapons

Please note that vehicles are subject to search by law enforcement while at the airshow.

Are pets allowed?2023-01-11T13:31:50+00:00

Pets are not allowed, but service animals are welcome with their hosts.

When should I arrive?2023-01-11T13:32:06+00:00

Airport gates will open at 5 p.m. Friday, May 19, for the Twilight Show. Gates will open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21 (with lineup at the gates beginning at 9:45 a.m.). The flying on the weekend shows will start around noon.

How will I be checked in?2023-01-11T13:32:23+00:00

Your ticket will be scanned. Have it ready as you arrive at Chennault — either a printout or with the ticket image ready on your phone. Parking staff will guide you to the next available parking spot.

Can I pick my own spot?2023-01-11T13:32:38+00:00

No. Unfortunately, with hundreds or cars, that’s not practical. It would create severe traffic issues. We cannot reserve a specific parking space. You are guaranteed a spot in your tailgate zone, though — even if you’re late.

Do I have to stay in my private viewing area the whole time?2023-01-11T13:33:06+00:00

Feel free to walk around to visit the static displays, food trucks, souvenir stands, restrooms and friends. However, please watch the airshow from your own tailgate area.

Will there be restrooms?2023-01-11T13:32:55+00:00

Portable toilets and wash stations -will be located throughout the tailgate areas. Accessible units will also be provided.

Can I keep my engine running?2023-01-11T13:34:11+00:00

Please keep your engine use to a minimum. Also, headlights and parking lights must be off all times for the safety of the performers. If you have car trouble, please notify a roving security officer or parking attendant.

Can I smoke in my private viewing area?2023-01-11T13:34:28+00:00

No. Not even in your vehicle. There is no smoking allowed anywhere at Chennault International Airport.

Can I play music?2023-01-11T13:34:49+00:00

No loud music, please. Don’t disturb people nearby who want to enjoy the show. We will be playing music throughout the day.

How will I be able to listen to the airshow?2023-01-11T13:35:18+00:00

There are two ways: Loudspeakers are positioned throughout the venue. The airshow will also have its own temporary radio signal that you can hear in your car or an a radio.

Should I wear earplugs? Should my kids?2023-01-11T13:35:33+00:00

Earplugs are strongly recommended — especially for children.

Will we be able to buy souvenirs?2023-01-11T13:35:49+00:00

Yes. There will be vendors selling souvenirs of all kinds — and earplugs!

Are masks required?2023-01-11T13:33:51+00:00

No, unless government protocols determine otherwise.

Other Key Information

Where can I find the schedule of events?2023-01-11T13:36:18+00:00

The best places are this website and the Chennault International Airshow page on Facebook.

What if I have to leave before the Airshow ends?2023-01-11T13:37:33+00:00

Notify a parking attendant or roving security officer before moving your vehicle. Please note that there is no re-admittance when you leave.

Is general aviation fly-in available for pilots?2023-01-11T13:38:02+00:00

Yes, in the designated “Fly-In Guests” section, ticketed separately.

May I cancel or receive a refund for my tickets?2023-01-11T13:38:31+00:00

No. Should any local, state, federal, military, or FAA entities determine we cannot host the airshow due to matters beyond our control — such as weather, COVID or other acts of God — your ticket will be honored at the next show.

Will the airshow performances take place if it rains?2023-01-11T13:38:54+00:00

Should it rain, performance times may changes or the performers may modify their ceiling levels to work around weather. In the case of severe weather — especially lightning — you’ll be notified by radio and loudspeakers to remain inside your vehicle until the show is cleared to re-start.

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