FAQ

What is the admission fee?
There is no admission or parking fee. Patrons are welcome to bring their own chairs/blankets. The earlier one arrives, the better the set-up spots. There is a fee for reserved seating. Seats can be purchased as available on the day of the show.

Is it a different show each day?
The air show schedule is slightly different each day. The Blue Angels will perform at 12:30 pm and 3 pm on Saturday and 3 pm only on Sunday. The gates open at 9 am and the show begins at 10 am. Low clouds or high winds can affect the performer’s acts.

Where do I park?
Once you enter the base you will be guided to the nearest available parking area.

How will the traffic be during the show?
NAS Jax is expecting 300,000 visitors during the air show. Expect traffic delays on Hwy. 17 and the surrounding areas. The base is working with Jacksonville Sherriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol, Orange Park Police Dept. and the Dept. of Transportation to assist with traffic congestions.

After the show is over can we expect traffic delays?
Yes, please be patient as there will be approximately 75,000 vehicles trying to enter and exit the base at the same time. Although this could take up to two hours, local agencies are going to do everything possible to ensure everyone arrives and leaves safely.

Is it possible to watch the show from a boat in the St. Johns River adjacent to NAS Jax?
Yes. Please be aware that local law enforcement will be monitoring the restricted water zone which will be clearly marked. From previous shows, we expect over 100 boats in the water.

Will there be a station broadcasting the air show for those of us watching by boat or in our cars?
Yes, 87.9 FM radio will be broadcasting beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of air show weekend.

Is smoking permitted?

Smoking cigarettes or e-cigarettes is not permitted anywhere on the flight line in the vicinity of aircraft, vendor tents, food booths, Kids Zone or seating areas. Jet fuel is very flammable and as planes are on the tarmac during regular hours and brought in for the show, there is often fuel soaked into the cement. There are also many children at eye level with held cigarettes, creating a safety hazard. Smoking is permitted ONLY in the designated smoking areas; click here to view the map.

May I bring lawn chairs or blankets?
Chairs and blankets are permitted and recommended for general spectator seating. If your chair has a bag carrier, please leave the carrier in your vehicle as bag carriers will not be permitted. Camera and diaper bags are allowed but subject to be searched as are the chairs and blankets. For a list of permitted and prohibited items, click here.

Can I bring a wagon to pull my kids in?
Yes, they work well with children too big for strollers, but too young for all that walking.

Should I bring ear protection?
Yes, especially for small children. The air show will have a limited number of ear plugs available on a first come, first served basis.

Can we bring a pop up tent?
No, due to safety concerns, pop up tents are not permitted.

Are roller skates, skateboards, bikes, or personal golf carts permitted on the airport grounds?
No, none of these items are permitted due to security and safety restrictions. Handicap scooters and electric wheelchairs are allowed.

Are coolers permitted?
NO COOLERS OF ANY KIND ARE PERMITTED. Also, there is NO outside food or beverages allowed into the air show, other than baby bottles (non-glass) and small snack items for infant children. We have a variety of food and beverage vendors who offer a full assortment of foods and drinks.  Beer is available for purchase by those of age.

Do the vendors take credit cards?
It varies from vendor to vendor however an ATM is available on site and is located near show center. It is recommended to bring cash with you.

What happens if it rains?
There are no refunds and no rain dates for the event. Check our website or Facebook for foul weather announcements.

Is there a handicap area?
There is a section cordoned off for handicap, first come, first served. Look for the handicap signage and green flag.  A companion may set up with the wheelchair member, but we ask that large family groups not take up space that others with handicap needs would like to use.

Is there handicapped parking available?
There is handicap parking. Please show your handicap parking pass and security will direct you where to park.

Are pets allowed on the airport grounds?  
No, pets are NOT allowed other than service animals. The crowds and noise are not suitable for pets.

Other than the air show, what other attractions will be at the show?
In addition to the air show, spectators can enjoy a collection of aircraft on display, virtual games and other attractions/displays at vendor booths, food booths, souvenir booths and a kids fun-zone.

Is there shade?
There is no shade on the air show grounds. Patrons are encouraged to plan accordingly and bring plenty of sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. We do not encourage umbrellas as they block the view of other patrons and present a hazard to people’s eyes.

Are cameras allowed?
Yes. We want you to capture and share your air show memories. Your camera bags will be checked upon entry. Camera bags larger than 8" x 10" will not be permitted, small camera bags are allowed.

How do I get Press/Media Credentials?
Media credentials will only be extended to media on assignment. Media Credentials requests must be submitted in advance of air show dates on station / publication letterhead. These requests should be emailed to nasjaxpao@navy.mil

Still have a question? E-mail nasjaxairshow@navy.mil

 

 

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