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Davis-Monthan AFB


March 25-26, 2023

You don't want to miss this.

Welcome to the Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona Air Show! On the weekend of March 25-26, we are opening the gates and inviting everyone to enjoy a free, weekend-long event packed full of entertainment. Come out and see dynamic aerial displays, memorable planes, and SO much more! The world-renowned United States Air Force Thunderbirds will be headlining this event. Limited premium seating available.

Days until the air show!


Guest Information

What Should I Bring?

Small Items

Empty bottles to fill with water, snacks in non-glass containers, small purses, and umbrellas (please avoid using umbrellas in reserved or VIP seating areas)

Larger Items

Wheelchairs and other medical devices

For Viewing

Cameras, video recorders, binoculars, tripods (must be able to demonstrate all items are operable)

For Food/Vendor Purchases

Credit Cards / Mobile Payment / Cash (ATM's are available on site)

For Children

Strollers, wagons for toddlers, diaper bags, hearing protection

For Medical Needs

Portable coolers for medicines and medical equipment are allowed; all items are subject to screening.

Suggestions to Pack

Comfortable shoes, hearing protection, sunscreen, cameras, clear plastic water bottles, pen for autographs, hat with a visor, sunglasses, cash (ATMs on site), sufficient gas in your vehicle's tank to wait in congested traffic
Prohibited Items

Weapons of any kind

Including: pocket knives, pocket tools, scissors, box cutters, nunchucks, Billy clubs, large/heavy chain-linked jewelry or belts, mace/pepper spray, firearms

Alcohol, illegal drugs

Toys that resemble firearms

Marijuana/CBD oil

Posession and use of marijuana or CBD oil is illegal on all federal installations

Flammable Items/Fireworks

Large Portable Sun Protection

Tents, canopies of any kind

Walking sticks

(not to include medical canes or walkers)

Spray paint/Silly string

Wheeled recreational devices

Golf carts, bicycles, skateboards, heelies, roller skates, rollerblades


Containers for water must be plastic and empty to get through checkpoints. There will be water stations available for attendees to refill water bottles

Cooking Equipment

Including grills


Large Bags

Rucksacks, backpacks, and large purses

Walkie-talkies, HAM radios, scanners


Drones or radio-controlled aircraft

Animals or Pets

(service animals permitted in accordance with ADA rules)


*Small umbrellas are allowed in pedestrian/walking areas. Please avoid using umbrellas in reserved or VIP seating areas, as this will obstruct the view for other spectators.

Become a Sponsor

Be a part of something huge! Reach potential customers across Pima County, Arizona, and beyond! Federal endorsement of sponsors not intended.

Performances, static displays, activities & concessions are the same each day.


Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ 85707

Your Host

355th Force Support Squadron

The team at the 355th Force Support Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is very excited to welcome you to the 2023 Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona Air Show.


How much do tickets cost?

The Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona Air Show is free to the public, however premium tickets can be purchased online using the link on our website.

Are tickets and parking passes free?

The show is completely free to the general public. Again, you do NOT need a paid ticket to attend the Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona Air Show. General Admission parking is free. However, premium tickets are available for purchase.

Will there be handicapped parking available?

Yes, there will be designated portions of the parking lots for properly-marked handicapped vehicles.

Is tailgating allowed?

No, parking lots are reserved for transiting to and from the show only.

Do I need a military ID?

No, this event is open to the public.

Will I be able to leave and return from the show?

Yes, however you will have to process through the security checkpoint again.


Will there be food and drinks available for purchase?

Yes, there will be food, drinks, alcoholic drinks (we I.D.), and souvenirs available throughout the show area.

Are alcoholic beverages allowed?

Alcoholic beverages may be purchased at the event, with proper I.D. You may NOT bring alcoholic beverages into the Air Show.

What are your COVID guidelines?

Currently, there is no mask mandate, nor required proof of vaccination/negative test results.

There are a number of bathrooms and hand washing stations on-site for ease of use. Social distancing is encouraged.

Are there upgraded seating tickets?

Premium tickets are available for purchase prior to the event.

Do the food and souvenir vendors take cards?

Most of the vendors will accept major credit cards, but there will be ATMs on-site.

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