Peruse our Frequently Asked Questions and learn more about the Fort Wayne Air Show!


The Air Show


What is an air show?

From supersonic-speed military jets to gravity-defying aerobatic acts to rocket-propelled busses, parachutists, and a host of on-the-ground displays and activities.  A day at the air show is a fantastic and memorable experience, whether you’re an avid aviation fan or just love a great show. Tens of millions of spectators attend air shows every year, and the air show industry represents one of the very largest, if not the largest, outdoor professional sports in North America. Conveniently priced for FREE, families and individuals of all ages, this is one show you won’t want to miss.


When is the air show?

September 1-2, 2012. The gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. each day of the two-day show.


May I fly into the air show?

YES. The TFR will be in place from 11am-5pm Sat and Sun, plan to arrive and depart outside of these times.  Due to allocation of ramp space to air show performers, static displays and guest parking, on the Air National Guard Ramp, it is recommended you contact Atlantic Aviation in advance for parking instructions www.atlanticaviation.com  260-747-1565. If flying into Smith Field or Huntington Airport, there are a variety of private transportation options available; check with the FBO. www.sweetaviation.com.


What is the performer schedule?

A list of performers is listed on the performer page. Unfortunately, the schedule is not solidified until the morning of the air show to allow for security, safety, weather and operational concerns.


Will the air show be televised?

The air show will not be televised and unauthorized broadcast of the show is prohibited. To see all aspects of the air show, you need to attend.


Are cameras and video recorders allowed?

Yes, cameras and video recorders are allowed and encouraged to capture the memories.


What happens if it rains?

It takes more than a few drops of rain to stop the Fort Wayne Air Show! The air show will take place – rain or shine both Saturday and Sunday. Air show performers have high, low and flat routines to adapt to varying weather conditions. Schedules may be altered or delayed for periods of time if heavy rainfall occurs. All display aircraft, concessions and exhibits will be open regardless of weather.



Tickets and Entry


What is the admission price for the Fort Wayne Air Show?

FREE!! We want to showcase our local Air National Guard Base and all of the professional members of the 122nd Fighter Wing. Premium seating is available on our website and at the information booths on site day of the show.


Is parking free?

YES! Spectator parking will be at 2 different off site locations with busses being used to transport on base for the air show.


Is bleacher seating available?

No, bleacher seating is not available.


Are VIP tickets available?

Yes, tickets and packages are available for purchase. Please see the ticket page for current pricing and availability.


May I bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on?

Seating is not included with general admission tickets so please feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.


Are coolers and / or backpacks permitted?

Due to security concerns, cooler and large bags are not permitted on the show site. Small coolers for the purpose of carrying doctor prescribed, life-preserving medications are permitted. All personal handbags, totes, diaper bags, etc., are subject to search at the entry gates.


Are pets allowed?

For the safety of attendees and the animals, pets arenot allowed on show grounds. Certified service animals are permitted.


Are shaded areas available?

Shaded areas are available in the Snakepit Flight Line Club. For General Admission, limited shade may be found under the wings of static display aircraft and metal sunshades but it limited. Guests are encouraged to bring sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and portable, hand-held umbrellas for their comfort.


May I bring a tent, beach umbrella, or awning?

Due to security and safety concerns, tents, beach umbrellas, awnings, and the like are not permitted on show grounds. Personal, hand-held umbrellas are permitted.





Are vegetarian or vegan food available?

The master concessionaire makes every effort to ensure menu items are suitable for all guests.


What food is commonly found at an air show?

The air show will have a large variety of food available for purchase, including local barbeque, pizza, local cuisines, friendly food specialties, dessert specialties, and other concession services, all representation of the spirit and flavor of Fort Wayne.


Are first aid facilities on-site?

Yes, medical personnel will be on site and a first aid center will be open.


What are recommended items to bring to the air show?

Portable chairs, strollers, cameras, sunscreen, ear plugs, blankets, and handheld umbrellas are items air show veterans tend to pack.


What items are prohibited from being brought into the air show?

The following items are prohibited from the air show grounds: coolers, loose ice, cans, glass, alcohol, pets, and weapons of any kind, tents, awnings, cooking / barbeque equipment.


How do I get there?

Fort Wayne Airport is located just 10 miles from downtown Fort Wayne. For accurate parking directions depending on your location please use Google Mapsor Mapquest.  Detailed driving directions to the off site parking lots can be found here.

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