Be sure to check the weather before the event and dress accordingly. We encourage guests to bring sunscreen and sunglasses, a hat, and of course, comfortable shoes. Our ramp is large and in order to see everything, you’ll have to cover some distance.
Small purses or fanny packs are permitted, subject to approval by gate security personnel and a hand-search at the security checkpoint. Storage bags such as backpacks, briefcases, duffle bags, suitcases, and large camera bags ARE NOT permitted.
Small purses are permitted, subject to approval by gate security personnel and a hand-search at the security checkpoint. Large purses (tote bag type), storage bags such as backpacks, briefcases, duffle bags, suitcases, and large camera bags ARE NOT permitted.
Yes. There are no security restrictions on these items. However, large camera bags ARE NOT permitted. Bring only necessary camera equipment, leaving extra attachments at home. A small fanny pack or camera vest is useful for carrying extra memory card, batteries and small lenses.
Water is allowed in a single clear plastic bottle. Coolers, cans, or glass bottles ARE NOT permitted. Please do not attempt to bring food or drink other than items for infant needs. These items will not be permitted on the airfield. All items brought are subject to approval by gate security personnel and a hand-search at security checkpoint.
Yes. Strollers will be hand-searched at the security checkpoint. Please bring only necessary items in a small diaper bag, subject to hand-search at the security checkpoint. Large diaper bags will not be permitted. Small coolers are permitted for medication and infant needs but WILL BE searched.
Yes. Small folding chairs, like the type that come in carrying bags, are permitted. If you bring a chair that comes in a bag, please remove it from the bag prior to going through the security checkpoint so that the chair and bag can be searched.
Examples of prohibited items include but are not limited to: firearms, knives (including pocket knives and all-purpose tools, i.e. Leatherman), alcohol or illegal drugs/paraphernalia, large golf umbrellas, scanners, backpacks, coolers (other than small coolers for medication and infant needs), and large bags. The following items are allowed but will be searched (small purses, small diaper bags if accompanying a child, small camera bags, and lawn chairs).
The air show grounds are separate from the parking areas. In order to retrieve something from your car during the show, you’ll need to board a bus back to the car lot. Should you then want to return to the show grounds, you’ll need to go through the security checkpoint again and board another bus back to the airshow. Keeping this in mind, please plan accordingly, bringing what you need for the day within security guidelines.
This event will have jets that take off, land, and perform. Hearing protection should be the same as you would use at any event that will be extremely loud. Visitors to the Air Show are encouraged to bring some form of hearing protection with them.
Safety is always a primary concern at air shows. The personnel at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station work very closely with local and federal authorities to ensure safety. They follow and enforce all security rules and regulations required. You will notice extra security at the air show, both military and civilian.
Be prepared for 100% security checks with metal detectors at all parking locations and entrances. All hand-carried items WILL be searched. All confiscated items WILL NOT be returned. Containers such as backpacks and coolers ARE NOT allowed to be brought into the show, you can leave them in your vehicle. Some exceptions will be made for items such as small diaper bags, small purses, and folding lawn chairs. Visitors must submit them to security personnel for an inspection. Weapons are strictly prohibited. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, blades (including pocket knives), blunt objects, edge weapons and pepper spray. Patrons with firearms will be asked to leave the installation or their weapons will be confiscated and will not be returned. Amnesty boxes will be available.
The Youngstown “Thunder Over the Valley” Air Show is a community event presented by the Youngstown Air Reserve Station with support from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber, Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission and Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council, our tremendous core of volunteers, sponsors, and community partners. Our 2020 air show features the world-famous United States Air Force Thunderbirds and some of the best civilian and military aviators in the world. Be our guest on June 20th and 21st at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station located in Vienna, Ohio and watch the heart-pounding excitement of flight!