Nellis Aviation Nation Air and Space Expo 2019

Aviation Nation 2019 airshow Nellis
Nellis Aviation Nation Air and Space Expo 2019.

The Aviation Nation Air and Space Expo returns after a year off under the motto "Salute To Our Veterans". It will take place in Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, on 15 and 17 November. As usual the show will include the demo of the home-based USAF Thunderbirds aerobatic team, but also other interesting performers like the F-35 stealth combat aircraft and C-17 cargo plane. The Lightning II will thrill the crowd with its powerful solo demo and a heritage flight together with an F-86 Sabre. In addition, the public will be able to admire F-16 fighters in Russian-style camouflages belonging to the 64th Aggressor Squadron, tactical demos and a large static display.

The Aviation Nationa 2019 could also offer the opportunity to take close-up photos of the upcoming F-16 with a new pixelated scheme. It is highly anticipated by many spotters around the world.

The schedule of events are as follows:

9 a.m. Buses start transporting guests from Las Vegas Motor Speedway to expo
9:30 a.m. Vicky Benzing in her 1940 Boeing Stearman
9:45 a.m. C-130 Hercules Streamer Drop
9:50 a.m. U.S. Air Force Academy Glider
10 a.m. Opening Ceremony with Special Operations Command Para-Commandos
10:20 a.m. C-17 Globemaster III and KC-135 Stratotanker Demo
10:35 a.m. P-51 Mustang
10:50 a.m. Trojan Thunder T-28
11 a.m. MQ-9 Reaper flyby
11:10 a.m. Immortal Red Baron vs. Rower Airshows: 2 World War I biplanes
11:30 a.m. Combined Arms Demo, highlighting Air Superiority capabilities, Close Air Support, and Combat Search and Rescue
12:10 p.m. MiG Fury Fighters - Navy FJ & MiG fighters/Korea re-enactment/Navy
12:25 p.m. Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion
12:55 p.m. Heritage Flight with an F-35 Lightning II and three F-86 Sabres
1:35 p.m. Special Operations Command Para-Commandos
1:55 p.m. Julie Clark and her T-34
2:05 p.m. U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Ground Show and Aerial Performance
4:30 p.m. Gates close

Hundreds of thousands of guests attend this annual event, so plan accordingly. Allow enough time to park, process security and access the event.

Due to security precautions, free parking is available to the general public within the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. No privately owned vehicles without Department of Defense identification will be allowed on base. Guests must process through security lines at the speedway and then ride the provided buses to and from Nellis AFB. A handicapped parking area will be designated at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and handicapped-accessible shuttle buses will be provided.

See our report on Aviation Nation 2017.

By Michael Roth