10 things you should know if you’re planning on attending Hill’s air show

10 things you should know if you’re planning on attending Hill’s air show

1. The show is completely free. 

Although attendees may want to bring cash for food and beverages, there is no charge for admission and parking. Hill officials say the air show is a great way to give back to the community and highlight the mission of the U.S. Air Force. 

2. Arrive early.

The gates at Hill AFB will open at 8 a.m. both days. While the show is scheduled to start around 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, organizers say you should arrive early to get a parking spot and stake out your favorite spot on the flight line. Access to Hill AFB for the show will be through the Roy Gate (Exit 338) or the West Gate (Exit 335). Once on base, follow the directions of the air show staff to the closest authorized parking area. The South Gate on Hill Field Road will only be open for vendors and performers only.

3. Ride UTA.

To avoid the traffic altogether, consider taking UTA. You can ride FrontRunner to Clearfield station and connect to buses going to Hill AFB throughout the air show on Saturday, June 25, and 26. Yes, UTA really is offering limited FrontRunner service on Sunday. UTA is offering commemorative day passes for $5 that are valid on the bus and FrontRunner. For groups with up to four adults, a $15 group pass is available. People can also park at Clearfield FrontRunner Station and ride the bus to and from Hill AFB for $5. Passes will be sold online before June 20 or on the day of the show at the Clearfield Station by UTA customer service agents. 

4. Performers.

In addition to the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds, there will be more than a dozen other “world-class” aerial demonstrations, including the seven-ship Breitling Jet Team, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, F-35 Lightning and P-51 Heritage Flight, the Red Bull Air Force and many more. 

5. Static displays.

What the heck is static? It’s jargon for “not moving,” but the aircraft and equipment on-ground display are just as amazing as those in the air. Kids and adults alike enjoy walking into and around the aircraft and talking to pilots and maintenance personnel. Some of the military aircraft on display will be F-35, F-22, F-16, A-10, and C-5. There will also be civilian aircraft on display as well as a variety of current and vintage military gear. 

6. What not to bring.

Alcohol, nonprescription drugs, and weapons of any kind are strictly forbidden, along with some seemingly harmless things like coolers, awnings and wagons. Visit www.Hill.AF.mil/warriorsoverthewasatch to view the full list of prohibited/permitted items. Everyone attending the event will be required to walk through detectors, and all items brought will be thoroughly searched. In order to maximize checkpoint efficiency while maintaining security, we ask all patrons to limit the amount of items brought to the event. 

7. What to bring.

With high temperatures expected, sunscreen and water in clear plastic bottles should be at the top of your list. Aside from the wings of aircraft, shade is in short supply, so hats and small personal umbrellas are also a good idea. Free water is available to guests at four water stations located throughout the event site.

8. Handicapped accommodations.

There will be areas reserved for handicapped/disabled parking. However, this parking is limited. Handicapped/disabled patrons can enter through the base’s South Gate, but must have a handicap plate or placard. Patrons should ensure placards are easily visible for staff members directing traffic. There will also be handicapped accessible restrooms available.

9. Get the W.O.W. app.

The “W.O.W Airshow” app is available to download on Android and IOS devices. The app will feature traffic and weather updates, along with fact sheets on all the performers and static aircraft. With Bluetooth-enabled devices, users will also be able to walk up to a static aircraft and automatically see facts and information about it. 

10. Get your souvenir brochure.

On Sunday, June 19, a special souvenir brochure with this information and much more (including maps and photos) will be inserted in the Standard-Examiner. Make sure you pick up a copy.

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