Here's what you need to know for the air show

Fighter pilot Maj. Henry Schantz of the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team, has vapor form above the Raptor he was flying during practice session on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A C-17 dwarfs an F-22 as aircraft from the 3rd Wing are positioned for static display at the Arctic Thunder open house is this weekend, July 28 and 29, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The Oregon Aero SkyDancer practices at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, for the upcoming Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The 2012 Arctic Thunder open house is this weekend, July 28 and 29, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A B-52 Stratofortress taxi's after landing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the upcoming Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A B-52 Stratofortress taxi's after landing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the upcoming Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A B-52 Stratofortress lands at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the upcoming Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Fighter pilot Maj. Henry Schantz of the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team, has vapor form above the Raptor he was flying during practice session on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Fighter pilot Maj. Henry Schantz of the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team, has vapor form above the Raptor he was flying during practice session on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Fighter pilot Maj. Henry Schantz of the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team practices on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Fighter pilot Maj. Henry Schantz of the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team practices on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Team fly over downtown and into the paws of the grizzly bear at Grizzly Gifts on 4th Avenue after arriving in Anchorage on on Thursday, July 26, 2012 for the 2012 Arctic Thunder. The air show will be at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly over downtown Anchorage after arriving in town on Thursday, July 26, 2012 for the 2012 Arctic Thunder. The air show will be at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
A pair of AT-6 Texan's from the "Wings of Freedom" warbird collection make a fly-by at Merrill Field Airport on Wednesday evening, July 25, 2012. The warbirds will perform during the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A Boeing B-52 Stratofortress arrives at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in preparation for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend. The B-52 will make a fly-by each day of the event.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Pilot Jason Somes lands a Mitsubishi A6M3-22 Zero from the "Wings of Freedom" warbird collection at Merrill Field Airport after a fly-by on Wednesday evening, July 25, 2012. The Zero donated by the Alaska Air Show Association will fly along side a P-51B Mustang and a B-25D Mitchell bomber during the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend, July 28 & 29, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Two AT-6 Texan's and an Mitsubishi A6M3-22 Zero, left, from the "Wings of Freedom" warbird collection make a fly-by at Merrill Field Airport on Wednesday evening, July 25, 2012. The warbirds will perform during the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The Oregon Aero SkyDancer does some skywriting at Merrill Field Airport on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Steve Oliver and Suzanne Asbury-Oliver, a husband-and-wife professional aerobatic and skywriting duo since 1980, will perform during the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A skywriter scribed AIRSHOW into the sky over Anchorage this afternoon, July 25, 2012, then puncuated it with a smiley face. JBER's open house, Arctic Thunder is this weekend. Every two years the base hosts the event. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team are highlighting the show.
Photo by Tabatha Perry
An AT-6 Texan and an A6M3-22 Zero from the "Wings of Freedom" warbird collection make a fly-by at Merrill Field Airport on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. The warbirds will perform during the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
An AT-6 Texan from the "Wings of Freedom" warbird collection lands at Merrill Field Airport on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Richard Benner stands next to a recently restored 1943 Model T6 Texan airplane Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at a hanger inside Merrill Field in Anchorage. After being found in a barn and with an eighteen-month-long restoration, Benner flew the plane for a maiden test flight on Tuesday. "She flew very well," Benner said who started flying with his father in high school and flew solo in 1969. Benner will be part of the 2012 Arctic Thunder air show sponsored by the Alaska Air Show Association that is slated to take place on July 28-29, 2012 at the Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson at starting at 10:00 a.m. Performers of the event include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.
JR ANCHETA / Anchorage Daily News
Fighter pilot Maj. Henry Schantz of the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team, has vapor form above the Raptor he was flying during practice session on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A C-17 dwarfs an F-22 as aircraft from the 3rd Wing are positioned for static display at the Arctic Thunder open house is this weekend, July 28 and 29, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The Oregon Aero SkyDancer practices at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, for the upcoming Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The 2012 Arctic Thunder open house is this weekend, July 28 and 29, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A B-52 Stratofortress taxi's after landing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the upcoming Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A B-52 Stratofortress taxi's after landing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the upcoming Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A B-52 Stratofortress lands at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the upcoming Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Fighter pilot Maj. Henry Schantz of the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team, has vapor form above the Raptor he was flying during practice session on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Fighter pilot Maj. Henry Schantz of the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team, has vapor form above the Raptor he was flying during practice session on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Fighter pilot Maj. Henry Schantz of the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team practices on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Fighter pilot Maj. Henry Schantz of the Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team practices on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds arrived at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Thursday, July 26, 2012, for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Team fly over downtown and into the paws of the grizzly bear at Grizzly Gifts on 4th Avenue after arriving in Anchorage on on Thursday, July 26, 2012 for the 2012 Arctic Thunder. The air show will be at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly over downtown Anchorage after arriving in town on Thursday, July 26, 2012 for the 2012 Arctic Thunder. The air show will be at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
A pair of AT-6 Texan's from the "Wings of Freedom" warbird collection make a fly-by at Merrill Field Airport on Wednesday evening, July 25, 2012. The warbirds will perform during the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A Boeing B-52 Stratofortress arrives at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in preparation for the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend. The B-52 will make a fly-by each day of the event.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Pilot Jason Somes lands a Mitsubishi A6M3-22 Zero from the "Wings of Freedom" warbird collection at Merrill Field Airport after a fly-by on Wednesday evening, July 25, 2012. The Zero donated by the Alaska Air Show Association will fly along side a P-51B Mustang and a B-25D Mitchell bomber during the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend, July 28 & 29, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Two AT-6 Texan's and an Mitsubishi A6M3-22 Zero, left, from the "Wings of Freedom" warbird collection make a fly-by at Merrill Field Airport on Wednesday evening, July 25, 2012. The warbirds will perform during the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
The Oregon Aero SkyDancer does some skywriting at Merrill Field Airport on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Steve Oliver and Suzanne Asbury-Oliver, a husband-and-wife professional aerobatic and skywriting duo since 1980, will perform during the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A skywriter scribed AIRSHOW into the sky over Anchorage this afternoon, July 25, 2012, then puncuated it with a smiley face. JBER's open house, Arctic Thunder is this weekend. Every two years the base hosts the event. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team are highlighting the show.
Photo by Tabatha Perry
An AT-6 Texan and an A6M3-22 Zero from the "Wings of Freedom" warbird collection make a fly-by at Merrill Field Airport on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. The warbirds will perform during the Arctic Thunder open house this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
An AT-6 Texan from the "Wings of Freedom" warbird collection lands at Merrill Field Airport on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Richard Benner stands next to a recently restored 1943 Model T6 Texan airplane Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at a hanger inside Merrill Field in Anchorage. After being found in a barn and with an eighteen-month-long restoration, Benner flew the plane for a maiden test flight on Tuesday. "She flew very well," Benner said who started flying with his father in high school and flew solo in 1969. Benner will be part of the 2012 Arctic Thunder air show sponsored by the Alaska Air Show Association that is slated to take place on July 28-29, 2012 at the Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson at starting at 10:00 a.m. Performers of the event include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.
JR ANCHETA / Anchorage Daily News

Arctic Thunder, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s open house and air show, is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 9 a.m., and the flying starts at 10 a.m. The Air Force Thunderbirds, F-22 Demonstration Team and the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Demonstration Team are the headliners at this year’s show.

The general public can enter JBER through the Boniface and Richardson gates. Handicap parking will be available through the Boniface gate. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and registration available for inspection while on JBER.

To avoid traffic congestion and decrease wait times, visitors are encouraged to carpool. Vehicles larger than three-quarter ton, including RVs, must use the Richardson gate for parking. Vehicles with trailers will not be allowed into open house parking lots. Bicyclists can enter JBER through the Boniface gate and secure bicycles in the general public parking area.

WHAT TO BRING: binoculars, cash, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable shoes, cameras, portable chairs and ear plugs.

WHAT TO LEAVE HOME: coolers, loose ice, alcoholic beverages, glass beverage containers, cooking equipment, large backpacks or bags more than 20 inches long and 14 inches wide, helium balloons, pets, weapons, knives with a blade longer than 3 inches, illegal drugs or spice, firearms, tents or awnings, bikes, roller blades, scooters or skateboards. Anyone possessing one of these items will be turned away at the flightline entrance.

MORE INFORMATION: Get more information and watch videos of some of the demo teams at alaskaairshow.org and www.jber.af.mil/arcticthunder.

The schedule for Saturday and Sunday

10 a.m. — U.S. Army Golden Knights

10:30 a.m. — Third Wing fly-by

10:52 a.m.— Skip Stewart aerobatics

11:08 a.m. — Warbirds

11:34 a.m. — C-130 Airdrop

11:54 a.m. to 12:14 p.m. — Intermission

12:15 p.m. — Oregon Aero Sky Dancer

12:28 p.m. — B-52 fly-by

12:44 p.m. — Gary Ward aerobatics

1 p.m. — Warbirds

1:21 p.m. — Marcus Paine aerobatics

1:40 p.m. — Alaska Joint Force demonstration

2:16 p.m. — Runway dweep

2:34 p.m. — F-22 Demonstration Team

3:05 p.m. — U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.