air show contacts

Commercial Sponsorship
Sponsors, call 405-734-2077 or email

Food Vendors
Food vendors, call 405-734-2467 or 405-734-7944 or email for information on commercial food vendor sponsorships.

Call Public Affairs at 405-739-2026 or email

Upgraded tickets

While Star Spangled Salute is free to attend, the Afterburner Chalet caters to guests looking for an upgraded air show experience. With an exclusive lounge and private seating, fans can relax and have front row access to view the Thunderbirds staging area. 

A ticket to the Chalet also comes with coffee and light breakfast snacks from 10 to 11 a.m., a private bar including complimentary beer and wine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a full lunch buffet, afternoon snacks and activities for children. There’s limited capacity in the Chalet, but guests can purchase their tickets ahead of time to guarantee a spot. Starting May 6, ticket prices will increase by $10. They will increase an additional $10 on May 19. 

To purchase tickets, click here or for more information, call 312-262 6099 .

available amenities

Food and drink concessions will be available at various locations through the air show area and free water will be available to the public at marked stations.

A Kid Zone with inflatables and activities will be available all day with the purchase of a wrist band.

The Tinker Air Force Base Star Spangled Salute Air Show is open to the public and admission is free.
We will update this website as more information is available.
We look forward to seeing you May 20-21.

(Demonstrations and acts are subject to change.)


Official site of the USAF Thunderbirds

Heard assumes command of Thunderbirds squadron
Lt. Col. Jason Heard assumed command of the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron from Lt. Col. Christopher Hammond during a change of command ceremony held at the Thunderbird hangar here Jan. 6. Read the entire story here.


Gates open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 20-21
Flying acts from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily
Statics and vendors available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Air acts and schedule subject to change.

driving and parking

As you approach Tinker Air Force Base from Interstate 40 or I-240, look for signs directing you to the entrance. Parking and shuttles from the parking areas are free.

Driving from the west side of the base to the east side will be restricted. 

Public Entry Points/Parking: On the south end of installation, Bldg. 9001 (the old General Motors Plant off of SE 74th Street) will have access points open to enter into the parking area south of Bldg. 9001. On the east side, Hruskocy and Lancer Gates will be open for public entry into parking lots north and east of Bldg. 3001.

Authorized personnel can enter through the Tinker, Vance and Gott Gates. Personnel can park at the 72nd Medical Group, Bldg. 1094, and take the free shuttle to the event area. 

Shuttles from Bldgs. 1094 and 9001 will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

what to bring

Hearing protection
Comfortable shoes
Water bottle/canteen (free water available)
Handheld camera or camcorder
Camera bags no larger than 12'x12'
Folding chairs or stools

prohibited items

All visitors are subject to search by Security Forces at any time on the installation and will NOT be allowed to pass through security with any of the following items:
- Weapons of any kind, including pocket knives, pocket tools, scissors, box cutters, billy clubs, large-heavy chain-link, jewelry or belts, mace and pepper spray
- Firearms of any type
- Toys that resemble firearms
- Fireworks
- Spray paint and silly string
- Glass containers of any kind
- Alcohol
- Illegal drugs
- Bicycles
- Skateboards, heelies, roller skates or roller blades
- Coolers
- Large umbrellas/portable tents
- Backpacks, ruck sacks
- Pets

aerial demonstrations

  • USAF Thunderbirds
  • Team Tinker (KC-135, E-3 and E-6)
  • USAFA Wings of Blue
  • B-2 flyby (Saturday only)
  • Vietnam Search and Rescue reenactment
  • F-35 Heritage Flight
  • P-51 Heritage Flight
  • F-18 Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration
  • Jelly Belly Cadet Aircraft
  • DH-115 Vampire
  • Matt Younkin's Twin Beech 18 (C-45)
  • Lady Liberty A-26
  • Adam Baker

Flying acts subject to change.

static displays

  • B-1
  • B-52
  • C-17
  • KC-135
  • KC-10
  • E-3
  • E-6
  • E-7
  • H/MC-130J
  • E-2C
  • T-38
  • T-6
  • T-1

Static displays subject to change.

other events/acts

  • Twin Otter (USAFA jump aircraft)
  • Cessna 172 (Civil Air Patrol)
  • USAFA Aerobatic Glider
  • Various Warbirds (privately owned former military aircraft from the Texas/Oklahoma area)
  • Three experimental aircraft
  • Security Forces K9 team demonstration
  • Booths from Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine recruiters