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Arctic Thunder air show lifts off in Anchorage: What you need to know

  • Author: Tegan Hanlon
  • Updated: July 30, 2016
  • Published July 28, 2016
Planes will soar, plunge and loop-the-loop above Anchorage this weekend for the Arctic Thunder air show that draws thousands of Alaskans to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson for the performance in the sky every other year.

The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, wrapping up each day with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the aerobatic flying team, is returning to Arctic Thunder for its first time since 2010, according to the Alaska Air Show Association. Other performances include a C-17 demo, a P-51 Heritage flight, Wings of Freedom flyover and more.

Back on ground level, air show attendees can view military displays and a hangar will house activities for children.

This year, Arctic Thunder parking is accessed through the Boniface Parkway and Fort Richardson gates. Parking is free.

A full schedule of events is available at (It's the same flying sequence both days).

Here's a list of items you can and can't bring to Arctic Thunder:


• Water bottles
• Binoculars
• Lawn chairs
• Hearing protection (recommended by JBER)
• Small purses

Not allowed:

• Coolers
• Any large bags including backpacks, duffle bags and purses
• Umbrellas
• Bicycles, scooters, wagons and skateboards
• Military uniforms worn by nonmilitary members


Note: This story has been edited to reflect that the Arctic Thunder is not an annual event. It occurs every other year.