Have you ever been to “Aviation Nation” at Nellis Air Force Base? I have, and I can’t wait to go back. If you haven’t been there before to see all of these amazing flight demonstrations, make plans to go on Saturday or Sunday, November 5-6.
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Now you see what I mean! All those happy faces. People catching all the action on cameras and smart phones. It makes one proud to be an American.
Of course, the headliner of those two days out at Nellis are the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. According to the Aviation Nation website, “The pilots perform approximately 30 maneuvers in a demonstration. The entire show, including ground and air, runs about an hour and fifteen minutes.”
Other highlights of the day include demonstrations by the “Aftershock” Jet Fire Truck, the West Coast Rhino Demo Team, the Growler Legacy Team, the USAF Heritage Team, the ACC F-22 and F-35A Demo Teams, the F-35 Lightning II, the HH 60G Pave Hawk Helicopter, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the C-17 Globemaster III, the F-15E Strike Eagle, the A-10 Thunderbolt II, and much more.
There will also be static displays on the Nellis AFB grounds including the MQ-9 Reaper, F-15C Eagle, T-6A Texan II, T-1A Jayhawk, T-38 Talon, F-22 Raptor, F-35A Lightning II, A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, HH 60G Pave Hawk Helicopter, and a lot more.
The gates open at 8am each day with the action starting at 9:30am. All parking is free at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Buses will take people from the Speedway to the Nellis AFB flight line from 8am-2pm, so don’t arrive too late, because absolutely no foot traffic will be allowed through any gate on the base. Please check the Aviation Nation website for more information, site map, and a list of items which will not be allowed on the base.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.
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