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Posted: Friday, November 2, 2018 12:30 am | Updated: 9:20 am, Mon Nov 5, 2018.

Homestead Air Reserve Base hosts weekend air and space show

highlighted by the acclaimed “Thunderbirds”

After a two year absence, the thunderous roar of the United States Air Force Thunderbird’s F-16 demonstration team will be tearing through the skies over Homestead Air Reserve Base during the 2018 Wings Over Homestead Air and Space Show, Nov 3 – 4, 2018.

Wings Over Homestead organizers are really excited to have the T-birds and Golden Knights back in Homestead. In 2016, the air show was attended by more than 150,000 people making it one of the largest shows attended in the country.

The Thunderbirds squadron is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and more than 100 enlisted personnel performing in almost 30 job specialties.

Flying the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, more than 280 million people in all 50 states and 57 foreign countries have seen the red, white, and blue jets in more than 3,500 aerial demonstrations.

Also announced for the 2018 show is the U.S. Army parachute team, The Golden Knights.

The “Knights” have performed more than 16,000 shows in all 50 states and 48 countries, reaching more than 20,000 people per show with their spectacular live parachutes demonstrations. Homestead ARB is the winter home to The Golden Knights.

Also joining the Thunderbirds will be a host of other aircraft, including everything from biplanes to supersonic jets to rocket cars.

Besides the performing aircraft, many other warbirds, classic and vintage aircraft, along with military vehicles and aviation-related items will be on static display for up-close viewing by the public.

Numerous food, beverage and memorabilia vendors will also be on hand to make the experience even more enjoyable for the public.

Hosting the airshow is the 482nd Fighter Wing, which maintains and operates Homestead ARB. Located near the southern end of the Florida peninsula, about 25 miles south of Miami, the base consists of approximately 3,000

military and civilian members who reside here in South Florida. A fully combat-ready unit capable of providing F-16C multi-purpose fighter aircraft, the 482nd FW provides mission pilots and support personnel, for short-notice worldwide deployment.

Admission is free to the general public and tickets are not required.

A limited number of preferred “Flight Line Club Seating” tickets are available for each day ($300 per day).

Hours of Operation:

Performance hours start at 10 A.M. on Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 0800 and close at 5pm on both days. No admittance after 3 P.M.

Bus and Motorcycle Information: for large groups arriving by bus and for motorcycles, please contact Lt Juan Lemus at 786-415-7537 for special arrangements.

Parking on base will be available and will be free to the public. Handicapped parking will be available as well. Remember, on base parking is limited and subject to fill up fast. In the event on base parking becomes full, the county will be offering paid parking just outside the base. Please remember to carpool if possible. RVs and campers will not be allowed on base during the air show due to space limitations.

DO carpool: Traffic flow into the base will be easier if friends and family carpool.

DO wear your seatbelt: Air Force instructions require the use of safety belts.

DO bring sunscreen and sunglasses: Shade on the flight line is limited. Take extra precautions with small children.

DO bring a camera and pen: Many of the performers make themselves available for autographs and pictures during the show.

DO bring earplugs: Loud noises on the flight line can damage your ears. Hearing protection is highly recommended.

DO bring folding chairs: Seating on the flight line will not be available. Visitors who will want to sit during the show, especially children and elderly, will want to bring light weight, portable seating with them.

DO bring strollers and wagons for the kids.

DO feel free to bring small handbags (purses), diaper bags, wheelchairs, and electric carts for the handicapped. Please remember all items will be subject to search.

DO use handicapped parking: Handicapped parking will be available for vehicles with proper identification.

DON’T bring dogs or other animals, bicycles, roller-blades,

skateboards, alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, fireworks, food or beverages, weapons of any kind (to include weapons carried by off-duty law enforcement personnel), blunt objects which could be considered a weapon, larger coolers, backpacks, briefcases, large bags or packages, handheld laser pointers, RVs or campers.

DON’T bring coolers. No coolers will be allowed unless a special needs requirement exists and has been authorized prior to

airshow and then only a small 12 inch x 12 inch cooler will be acceptable. No outside food or beverages allowed.

DON’T bring food or drinks. No outside food or beverages will be allowed.

DON’T bring umbrellas or sun canopies. Umbrellas, tents or shade canopies are not allowed on the air show grounds. They present a risk to attendees and low flying aircraft.

DON’T smoke on the Flight-line: The entire ramp is a NO

SMOKING AREA.

DON’T over indulge in alcohol: Applicable laws will be enforced. Alcohol consumption can also increase the chance of heat stroke or dehydration on a hot day.

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