All persons, vehicles and hand carried items are subject to search at any time while on the installation. Failure to follow the rules will result in removal from the installation and/or prosecution in accordance with applicable laws.
ALL bags will be inspected and ALL visitors are subject to search by security personnel prior to entering the Air & Space Show’s spectator area on the Columbus AFB flight line. Other banned items will be placed in available Amnesty boxes (not to be returned) or cause visitors to be turned away at the gate to return the items to their vehicles.
There is a no tolerance standard for weapons, fighting, political activity and/or protesting, or unauthorized solicitation on base (to include distribution of flyers of any kind) at any time.
Narcotics and paraphernalia are strictly prohibited; possession and use of marijuana is illegal on Columbus AFB or any federal installation (this includes both recreational and medicinal).
Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking areas that are clearly marked; smoking around any aircraft is strictly prohibited at any time and violators are subject to removal from the installation.
Clothing with objectionable language or images is prohibited (profanity, racist, anti-military, anti-government, obscene)
Costumes or any garment resembling military personnel or law enforcement officers are prohibited.
The following items will not be permitted on the installation/flight line and are subject to confiscation:
Firearms of any type (CCW and LEOSA credentials are not honored for active or retired military/civilian law enforcement not assigned to the 14th Security Forces Squadron).
Ammunition of any type (loose or otherwise)
Any type of weapons to include "self-defense" weapons
Replica weapons and/or toy resembling weapons
Any electrical discharge devices (stun guns, tasers, etc.)
Cutting devices of any blade size (pocket knives/tools, scissors, box cutters, etc.)
Any chemical dispensing device (pepper spray, mace, etc.)
Sharp objects, sticks or poles of any kind (collapsible tripods/monopods are acceptable)
Batons, billy clubs, and asps
Any bio/radiological substances
Large heavy chain link jewelry and/or belts
Any flammable items/liquids (accelerants, fireworks etc.) NOTE: Excluding personal pocket lighters.
Any remote controlled land/air vehicles (RC aircraft, UAVs, drones, etc.)
Pets (EXCEPTION: service animals)
Drugs, controlled substances, drug paraphernalia (possession and use of marijuana is illegal on any federal installation) NOTE: Includes medicinal purposes.
Alcoholic beverages (unless purchased from approved event vendors)
Any size ice chests/coolers. (EXCEPTION: small handheld coolers for baby food or medications will be allowed after inspection - PLASTIC containers only).
Food or beverage items (not purchased at event) NOTE: Excluding plastic bottled waters with factory seals or empty.
Glass bottles/containers of any kind
Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, heelies, roller blades/skates, hoverboards, & Segway-style human transporters
Aerosol cans (spray paint, silly string, etc.)
Liquid without factory seal intact (NOTE: excludes plastic baby bottles)
Walkie-talkies, HAM radios, & scanners
Portable BBQ or cooking devices
Banners or signs on a pole of any kind
Large golf umbrellas
Tents, cabanas, awnings (portable and/or temporary) NOTE: Lawn chairs are acceptable
Any other items base personnel consider a security or safety risk.
Wings Over Columbus is implementing a clear bag policy for all our 2018 visitors. Only authorized clear bags will be allowed through the security checkpoint:
(1) bag per person that is clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC
One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar)
Logos no larger than 4.5" x 3.4" may be displayed on one side of a permissible clear bag
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 at a gate designated for this purpose (refer to signage at the entry point).
Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5" x 6.5"
Small Coolers (baby food & medical purposes only)
Small Diaper bags for guests with children
Bags required for medical needs only
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.
Empty water bottles for use with water refilling stations on base (Includes plastic water bottles with factory seals)
Portable lawn/folding chairs (bags are subject to search)
Strollers for small children (non-collapsible acceptable)
Umbrellas (Exception: large golf umbrellas are prohibited)
Personal carts or wheelchairs for physically challenged visitors
Official/documented service animals (documentation must be provided upon request)
Cameras, binoculars, or video recorders (must be small enough to carry by hand; tripod and monopods are okay)
All patrons are highly encouraged to bring/use the following:
Hearing protection (especially for children)
Reusable water bottle (empty for security line)
Wagon or lightweight stroller for tired children
Stadium chair (collapsible camping chairs are fine, but subject to search)
Money (cash & credit)
Comfortable clothes & shoes
Sunglasses, sunhats/baseball caps
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.