FAQ

Q: Is it safe to come to the Air Show?

A: The show is absolutely safe to attend, and many procedures are in place to protect all attendees. Langley AFB works very closely with local and federal authorities and enforces all required security rules and regulations. You will notice extra security at the air show, both military and civilian, and vehicles/personnel are subject to screening at any time. Our leadership and those who are responsible for planning the event and its various performances take the safety of the public very seriously, and have accordingly implemented the necessary measures to ensure it.

Q: What are the changes to the Air Show security?

A: Due to heightened security requirements, containers such as backpacks and coolers will be prohibited on the airfield. Some exceptions will be made for items such as diaper bags, purses, and folding lawn chairs, but 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), and blunt objects. Patrons with firearms will be asked to leave the installation or their weapons will be confiscated and will not be returned.

Q: If I cannot bring something in, can I go out to my car during the show?

A: Yes. Since the show has no admission fee, you may leave and re-enter as you desire. Anyone re-entering will have to go through security checkpoints again.

Q: Can I bring a fanny pack?

A: Small fanny packs are permitted, subject to approval by gate security personnel and a hand-search at the security checkpoint.

Q: Can I bring a purse?

A: Small purses are permitted, subject to approval by gate security personnel and a hand-search at the security checkpoint. Large purses (tote bag type) are not permitted.

Q: Can I bring my camera/video camera/cell phone?

A: 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 film and small lenses.

Q: Can I bring water, drinks and/or food?

A: We will not turn away anyone carrying drinks or food in their hands, but backpacks, coolers, and Camelbacks and other similar backpack/liquid carrying devices will not be permitted on the airfield. We also recommend visitors bring their own sunscreen and ear protection. All items brought are subject to approval by gate security personnel and a hand-search at security checkpoint.

Q: Are pets allowed?

A: No pets are allowed, however seeing-eye dogs will be permitted.

Q: I have small children. Can I bring a stroller/diaper bag/clothes change/etc.?

A: 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. You can return to your vehicle during the show to get extra clothes, restock diaper items, etc.

Q: Is tailgating allowed?

A: No.

Q: Is there a fee for admission?

A: No.

Q: Is smoking allowed?

A: Yes, but only in designated areas. (NOT ON THE FLIGHT LINE)

Q: Do I need an ID?

A: Yes, all visitors’ identification will be checked by security personnel.

Q: Are any items prohibited?

A: Firearms, knives (including pocket knives and all purpose tools, i.e. leatherman), backpacks, camelbacks or other similar backpack/liquid carrying devices, coolers, and large bags. The following items are allowed but will be searched (purses, diaper bags if accompanying a child, camera bags, and lawn chairs).

Q: Is parking free?

A: Yes

Q: Where can I find a good place to stay overnight?

A: Please check the Hampton Convention Visitors Bureau for hotel and motel recommendations.

Q: Who can I call for additional information?

A: Information line: (757) 764 – 2144 or langley.airshow@langley.af.mill

Q: What time do the gates open?

A: 5:00 pm on Friday, and 9:00 am on Saturday and Sunday.

Q: What times does flying begin?

A: Aircraft will take to the sky Friday at 5:30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am.

Q: What times does night show begin?

A: The spectacular Night Show will begin at 9:00pm on Friday. There will be no Night Show on Saturday or Sunday.

Q: Can I bring folding chairs?

A: Yes. If your folding chair is one of the types that comes in a carrying-case, please have it out for inspection.

Q: What if I need to go to the Commissary or BX while the air show is going on? What gate is best to enter?

A: Military members are asked to plan around air show traffic accordingly when using the Commissary and BX and that if they must use those facilities, to please use the LaSalle gate for access. They should also have their military ID out for the posted guard at the intersection of Neely Avenue and Tuskegee Boulevard.

Q: Will taxis or buses be provided for those who do not have transportation to the airshow?

A: Unfortunately, neither taxis nor buses will be available; however, this is a great opportunity to carpool with friends and family members and enjoy the show together.