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.
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. Little Rock AFB gates usually open at 8:30 am, with air demonstrations running from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.
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. Reserved seating is available for those with tickets.