The Andrews Air Show is a free air show at Joint Base Andrews in Camp Springs, Maryland, near Washington DC. The show features the Air Force's premier aerial demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, performing fast-paced aerobatic maneuvers of two, four and six planes flying in formation. The United States Special Operations Command "Para-Commandos" Parachute Team will perform along with many other aerial and ground attractions. The show will return in 2017 and will commemorate the Air Force's 70th birthday.
The Andrews Air Show is family-friendly and a great way to support our military and marvel over the aerial maneuvers of skilled aviators. The event is free and open to the public. You can purchase reserved seating for $25. Attendees are allowed to bring their own lawn chairs. Food will be for sale. Backpacks are prohibited and no outside food or beverages are permitted.
Dates and Times: September 16-17, 2017, Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Aerial performances begin at 11:30 a.m. Rehearsal Day is September 15 and open to DOD cardholders only.
Andrews Air Force Base, Camp Springs, MD. The base is located off of Exit 9 of I-495, about 10 miles southeast of Washington DC. See a map and driving directions.
Joint Base Andrews is home to the Air Force District of Washington's 11th Wing with partner units including the Air Mobility Command's 89th Airlift Wing, the 79th Medical Wing, the Air Force Office of Special Investigation headquarters, Air Force Reserve Command's 459th Air Refueling Wing, D.C. Air National Guard's 113th Wing, the Naval Air Facility, and Army and Marine Corps detachments.
Transportation and Parking
Only DoD authorized members are allowed to park at AFB. Civilians may park at FedExField or at the Branch Ave Metro Station.
Shuttles will run beginning at 8 a.m. from both of these locations to the Andrews Air Show. In-bound buses to the event will stop running at 1 p.m.
Andrews Air Show Highlights
- Aerial demonstrations include the Thunderbirds, Golden Knights, F-22 Demonstration Team, Shockwave Jet Truck, Class of 45, Geico Skytypers, Kent Pietsch, B-29 Doc, Patty Wagstaff, Matt Chapman, Tora, Tora, Tora!, B-25 Panchito, and B-17.
- More than 30 aircraft from a variety of military services and organizations will be on display including the F-16 Fighting Falcon, UH-1 Huey, KC-135, C-17 Globemaster III, E-3 Sentry, Us Army Dash 8, US Army Guardrail, C-5 Galaxy, TH-1, NASA Super Guppy, NASA WB-57, DHS Patrol Boat, and more.
Air Show Information Line: (240) 612-4428 or (240) 612-4430.
About the Thunderbirds
The Thunderbirds are the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron assigned to the 57th Wing and are based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Created in 1953, the USAF Thunderbirds are the third oldest formal flying aerobatic team (under the same name) in the world. The Thunderbirds Squadron tours the United States performing aerobatic formation and solo flying in specially marked aircraft. Officers serve a two-year assignment with the squadron, while enlisted personnel serve three to four years. In addition to their air demonstration responsibilities, the Thunderbirds are part of the USAF combat force and if required, can be rapidly integrated into an operational fighter unit.