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Submitted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 4:33 PM

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Aviation Nation 2012 returns Nov. 10-11

What is Aviation Nation?
Aviation Nation, the annual Nellis Open House and largest free public event in Nevada, returns Nov. 10-11 to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

Aviation Nation celebrates 71 years of airpower in Las Vegas and the Air Force's accomplishments in air, space and cyberspace. Several military air demonstration teams, including the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Thunderbirds, will perform with other military and civilian acts.

The two-day event will depict the history of American aviation and will salute the recent accomplishments of America's military in operations around the globe through numerous military and civilian ground displays.
What is the cost?
General Admission to Aviation Nation is free. No tickets are available for purchase or required for general entry.

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway has generously donated the public parking space for Aviation Nation. Air Show visitors may park for free in the designated air show parking lots. (see Where do I Park?)

Transportation to Nellis from Speedway:
Free round-trip bus transportation between parking lots and the event. Commercial buses will transport visitors between the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Nellis Air Force Base.

Food, Beverages and Novelties:
Food, beverages and novelites will be available for purchase as several locations within the event venue. ATMs will also be placed throughout the flight line for open house patrons.
Aerial Demonstrations
The 2012 Aviation Nation schedule for Nov. 10 and 11 has been released.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. with opening ceremony and national anthem at 10:30 a.m. Flying acts will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the following order:

Korean Conflict reenactment with with an F-86 Sabre, MiG-15, T-33 Shooting Star, A-1 Skyraider, and T-6 Texan
T-33 Shooting Star demonstration
CJ-6 Nanchang Desert Rat formation
Learjet demonstration
F-86 Sabre Horseman demonstration
F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcon air-to-air demonstration
B-1B Lancer flyby
RED HORSE jump demonstration
A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-15E Strike Eagle air-to-ground demonstration
F-22 Raptor demonstration
F-22 Raptor, F-86 Sabre and P-51 Mustang Heritage flight
Re-enlistment ceremony and ground show
Thunderbirds performance
Thunderbirds post-show

The Thunderbirds are also offering museum tours 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be no access to the hangar at any time from the museum.

For the latest information on Aviation Nation, visit the Aviation Nation link at or call the 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs office at (702) 652-2750.
Link to PSA:
General Air Show Information
Email: Aviation Nation

POCs for Participation in the Event:

For Donations, Display Booths, and Advertising
Cate Berry, Services Marketing Director

For Aircraft Static Displays/Aerial-Related Activities
Lt Col James Leffel, Aviation Nation Director of Operations

For Food, Beverage and Novelty Booths
Patricia Vendetti
Email: Booth Coordinator

Master Concessionaire for Food, Beverage and Novelty
DJ's National Food Service
Sheila Rinehart ( or
Ron Severance (
both can be reached at (614) 888-6600.

For all other queries
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
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