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Thunder Over the Rock Air Show 2024 in Arkansas

Little Rock AFB hosts one of the most anticipated air shows in Arkansas

Dates: October, 2024 (unconfirmed)

Thunder Over the Rock Air Show at Little Rock Air Force Base is a popular aviation event taking place during one weekend in October. Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville opens its gates to the public for an exciting free spectacle that draws crowds from all over Arkansas and neighboring states. Fighter jets, C-130 planes, historic aircraft, and stunt teams can attract up to 250,000 spectators over two days.

Airshow Program

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds has been the main headliner of the Little Rock AFB Thunder Over the Rock Air Show over the years. The elite fighter jet demonstration squad is famous for flying F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets in precision formations. Other past performers included the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, Twin Tigers aerobatic team, and U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue Parachute Jump Team, Shockwave Jet Truck, Tora! Tora! Tora!, C-130, World War II dogfight re-enactments, and many more.

On the ground, visitors can explore over 60 aircraft, including warplanes, helicopters, and cargo carriers. Thunder Over the Rock Air Show also features a STEM Fest with various educational exhibits and activities. Another highlight of the show was the Night Show for airmen and their loved ones, featuring fireworks and special flight demonstrations. Reserved seating is available for those with tickets.


Little Rock AFB gates usually open at 8 am, with air demonstrations running from 10 am to approximately 3 pm. The STEM Fest exhibit and children's area normally starts operating along with the gates opening, at 8 am.

Little Rock Air Force Base (LRAFB)

Little Rock Air Force Base has been serving as a regular venue for the Thunder Over the Rock air show. With a vast space of 6,217 acres (2515 ha), there is plenty of room for many flight demonstrations, thousands of spectators and entertainment. The base is located 3 miles (5 km) from Jacksonville and 18 miles (29 km) from Little Rock, which is convenient for those traveling from out of state.

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