Wings Over Columbus 2018 will take place on 21 and 22 April 2018 at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi.
A lot! Over 26 million people attend 400+ air shows every year. During the past decade, air shows have drawn nearly twice the attendance figures of NFL football games.
Admission for the general public is FREE! Additional options for reserved seating or special promotion packages may be available at a later time; check back again soon for more options!
The US Army Golden Knights Parachuting Team will open the excitement leading to our headliner...the USAF Thunderbirds! Along the way you'll see all the 14 Flying Training Wing aircraft singularly and in formation. We’re in the process of getting commitments from other aerial performers every day. When we know, we’ll make sure you know! If you have anyone or anything would like to see, let us know on Facebook (our link in on the homepage).
The mission of the Thunderbirds is to support U.S. Air Force recruiting and retention programs and to reinforce public confidence in the U.S. Air Force and demonstrate to the public the professional competence of Air Force professionals. The Thunderbirds also represent the United States and its armed forces to foreign nations and project international goodwill.
All Thunderbirds are representative of the excellence and professionalism found throughout the Air Force. Thunderbirds consider themselves lucky to represent the best - those serving around the world.
The Thunderbirds fly the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and allied nations.
Members of the Thunderbirds are volunteers drawn Air Force-wide from their respective career fields. There are 12 officers; eight pilots -- six who fly the demonstrations and six support officers. More than 120 enlisted people are on the support team. They come together, combining their experience and skills to form a self-sufficient flying organization capable of planning, accomplishing and supporting the Thunderbird mission.
Current Department of Defense policy is to maximize use of military aviation demonstration teams for recruiting and to demonstrate U.S. military aviation abilities to the public. This is best accomplished by having the Air Force and Navy flight demonstration teams perform separately in as many locations as possible throughout the year. However, the Thunderbirds do perform at air shows with the U.S. Army parachute demonstration team, the Golden Knights, as do the Blue Angels.
All patrons are highly encouraged to bring/use to bring/use the following:
All items are subject to inspection by security personnel prior to entering the Air& Space Show's spectator area on the Columbus AFB flight line. Any items considered a security or safety risk by base personnel may cause visitors to be turned away at the gate to return the items to their vehicles.
To expedite entry through the metal detectors/security checkpoint and enhance safety of our spectators, Wings Over Columbus is implementing a clear bag policy for all our 2018 visitors. Clear bags will be available on-site at minimal cost within the parking areas of Wings Over Columbus 2018. Only authorized clear bags will be allowed through the security checkpoint:
NOTE: The only authorized exceptions to the Wings Over Columbus 2018 clear bag policy are listed below and will only be allowed after proper inspection:
NOTE: The authorized exceptions listed above may be carried as a second bag into Wings Over Columbus 2018.
If arriving from the north (Memphis), take I-22 E/US-78 E into Mississippi. Take exit 86A for US-45 S toward Tupelo. Continue on US-45 S to Columbus AFB.
If arriving from the south (Montgomery), take US-82 W/AL-25 S ramp to AL-219 N/Tuscaloosa. Continue to follow US-82 W toward Columbus. Take the 18th Ave exit and turn onto US-45 N. Columbus AFB is located 7 miles north of US-82
If you are traveling by automobile from the east (Birmingham), take AL-69N to Tuscaloosa then turn onto US-82 W toward Columbus. Take the 18th Ave exit and turn onto US-45 N. Columbus AFB is located 7 miles north of US-82.
If arriving from the west, follow above directions from Memphis OR if traveling via I-20 E, turn onto I-55 N in Jackson, MS. Then take MS-25 N to Starkville and merge onto US-82 E toward Columbus.
For school bus information, see photos below.