2023 Arctic Lightning Airshow takes place over weekend, July 22-23

Published: Jul. 21, 2023 at 4:54 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The 2023, Arctic Lightning Airshow will take place this weekend, Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 at Eielson Air Force Base from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jets have taken to the sky as they prepare for the 2023 Arctic Lightning Airshow. The event which happens every two years, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. both days with the aerial performances beginning at noon and ending at 4 p.m. at the end of the show.

In addition to the aerial enclaves of the pilots, there will be multiple demonstrations on the ground with performances from “the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command F-35 demonstration team, U.S. Air Force F-16 Pacific Air Force demonstration team, U.S. Special Operations Command Para-Commandos, joint forces demonstration from the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army and more,” according to a press release put out by the 354th Fighter Wing.

There will also be vendor tents with everything from food to information and engagement tables focusing on topics such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Along with those tents, there will be various aircraft visitors can walk through and “ground static aircraft displays from the Civil Air Patrol and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.”

The two day event is free to the public and those that attend are recommended to bring sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, hearing protection and cash. For those with young children, a lightweight stroller or wagon is preferred to other options. According to the 354th website, those strollers or wagons will be searched, along with chairs, cameras and wheelchairs.

Prohibited items include but are not limited to: firearms and guns of all kinds, knives or sharp tools, plus any kind of weapon. Drones and laser pointers are also prohibited for the safety of the pilots and installation. Other prohibited items include, drugs and alcohol, coolers, umbrellas or shade tents, beverages in glass containers, pets (not including service animals), and outside food or drink. Exceptions will be made for food intended for young children.