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Annual air show, open house at Nellis Air Force Base

Annual air show, open house at Nellis Air Force Base
Posted at 1:19 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-13 11:43:04-05

One of the most highly anticipated events of the year in the Las Vegas valley is taking place this weekend.

Nellis Air Force Base will open its gates for visitors on Nov. 12 and 13 for their annual award-winning Aviation Nation air show and open house. The first show and open house was held in 2002. This year's show will be celebrating 75 years of airpower. More than 150,000 are expected to attend over the two days.

PHOTOS: 2016 Aviation Nation at Nellis Air Force Base

Attendees will get to experience exciting aerial acts and enjoy static displays of planes from both the past and the presence. They will also have the opportunity to interact with some of the airmen who are stationed at Nellis Air Force Base.

Buses will begin running at 9 a.m. both days from Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Parking and transportation are free and NAFB says that it has arranged for more buses this year to accommodate the expected crowd. No private parking will be allowed on the base.

Nevada Department of Transportation says they are expecting heavy traffic during the open house and are advising motorists not attending the open house to take alternate routes.

Aerial demonstrations will begin at 10:30 a.m. Some of the expected acts include Wing of Blue jump team, Vicky Benzing Stearman Act, West Coast Ravens, Chuck Coleman, C-17 PACAF Demonstration Team, F-18 TAC Demo, Heritage Flight (F-22. F-25 and F-86) and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

The open house will end at 5 p.m. each day.

Airplanes on display will include the A-4 Skyhawk, Bell 412, C-47 Skytrain, CH-47 Chinook, F4U Corsair, F-86 Sabre, H-65 Dolphin, HH-60 Pave Hawk, HU-16 Albatross, MiG-15, MQ-9 Reaper, MV-22 Osprey, Spitfire, T-6 Texan, T-38 Talon and UH-1H Huey.


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Admission to the open house is free but there are other options for those who are looing for a VIP experience. Flight-line viewing of the air show starts at $19 general admission. The Afterburner Chalet will provide luxury seating, food and beverage ad activities for children. Cost is $139 for adults and $59 for children.