The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Aerial Demonstration team arrived Thursday at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, getting ready for performances Saturday and Sunday at the Heroes and Heritage Air Show. Air base officials are expecting hundreds of thousands to attend the biennial event. Aerial demonstrations of various aircraft begin at 10 a.m. and will end around 3 p.m. with the Blue Angels.
Gates open at 8:30 a.m., free admission and parking. Base officials warn that traffic will be heavy getting into the air show; arrive early to avoid long delays. Carpooling is encouraged, buses are welcome.
Base officials also encourage Air Show spectators to bring refillable, disposable water bottles, and to be aware of security requirements before trying to enter the flightline area; prepare for the Air Show as if going to the airport.
Leave suspicious items at home; weapons are prohibited, regardless of permit; illegal drugs are prohibited. This includes firearms, knives, walking sticks (except for handicap use), and any other items that deemed dangerous by Security Forces.
Confiscated items will not be returned.
Smoking will be allowed, but only in designated areas — there is no smoking anywhere on the flight line.
Air Show highlights include the Team Little Rock C-130 "Day In Afghanistan" air capabilities exercise feature Little Rock Air Force Base personnel and C-130 Hercules airlifters demonstrating the airdrop and combat support missions they perform.
Other demonstrations include the Canadian Forces CF-18 Team and Canadian Skyhawks Army Demonstration Parachute Team; U.S. Navy F/A Super Hornet team; and the Army Black Daggers Special Operations jump team.
Other performers include Mike Rinker and "Pink Floyd," and displays of historic aircraft such as the B-25, F-4, P47, and P-51. and there will be static displays of numerous operational aircraft.
Parking spaces may be a long distance from the entry point; it may be upsetting to have to return to vehicles to store prohibited items.
Prohibited Items include backpacks, ice chests and coolers; bags larger than a small purse or fanny pack; briefcases and large camera bags. Also not allowed: alcoholic beverages, pets (other than service animals), glass containers, bicycles, roller skates, roller blades or skateboards
Everyone will be screened by magnetrons, and there will be random vehicle searches.
All permitted items will be inspected on entering the flight line. It is recommended that spectators minimize the number items to reduce the time needed for inspection.
Permitted items include: cell phones, pagers, hand-held portable televisions, radios, scanners and hand-held video game devices. Also, small fanny packs and purses, cameras and camcorders – do not load film before entering the show area; cameras may be required to be opened at security checkpoints.
Also allowed are folding chairs and lawn chairs; umbrellas and sunshades; wheelchairs; baby bags and strollers if attending with an infant or small child.
Remember, as an airport, unattended bags and packages will be removed.
For personal safety, use sun protection, including hats, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sunscreen are recommended.
Visitors may purchase food, souvenirs and beverages at the show.
For more information, www.littlerockairshow.com