Forget about Superman. People in Fairfield this weekend will be looking to the skies to catch a glimpse of the iconic U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, who will be performing Saturday and Sunday afternoon as part of Travis Air Force Base's "Thunder Over the Bay" air show.
The highly anticipated March 30-31 air show will include aerial demonstrations from over a dozen group and individual performers. But don't spend all day looking up at the sky. There will be lots of entertainment on the ground too, as the Travis flight line will be filled with static aircraft on display for guests to explore.
It's estimated that 70,000 people will be at Travis Air Force Base for "Thunder Over the Bay," which will highlight the base's rapid global mobility mission, it's aircraft and airmen, and "Hometown Heroes" from throughout Solano County. It's the first time the base has been open to the general public in two years and Travis has an incredible celebration planned. The air show will be open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Admission and parking are free and all ages are welcome.
Air show attendees will have the opportunity to watch aerial performances, tour all three of the major aircrafts assigned to Travis, interact with Airmen, and learn about the mobility mission. More than a dozen aerial performances are scheduled for each day, beginning just after opening at 10 a.m. Scheduled performers include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, the Parade of Heavies featuring Travis aircraft, and several demonstration teams. There will be static airplanes on display and guests will have opportunities to meet the pilots of those planes and the pilots performing during the day. Many of the performance planes, including the Thunderbirds and the Golden Knights, will be parked on the flight line all day for guests to see up close.
Morning performances will include:
US Army Golden Knights
Yuichi Takagi (Pitts S-25)
C-130s Demo CRW Insertion
Matt Chapman (Extra 330LX)
C-17 Globemaster III Demo Team
Bill Stein (Edge 540)
Afternoon performances will include:
Patriots Jet Team (L-39, 6-ship demo)
Smoke and Thunder Jet Truck
U-2 Flight Demo
Jeff Boerboon (Yak-110)
U-2/T-38 Formation Flyover
Parade of Heavies (Showcasing Travis aircraft)
F-22 Demo Team
Heritage Flight (P-51, A-10, F-22)
Be sure to also check out the Travis Air Force Base Heritage Center Booth to sign up for a tour of the base museum that features historic aircraft statics and indoor exhibits. A shuttle will be transporting air show attendees from the air show area to the museum every 20-30 minutes. As this museum is located on the base, it is typically not open to the general public.
Food and beverages will be available to purchase and there will also be a beer garden.
Spend the day in Fairfield! Before or after visiting the air show, take a free tour at the Jelly Belly Factory or enjoy wine tasting in our Suisun Valley! Click here to learn more about things to do in Fairfield or book a room at one of our 18 hotels for a weekend getaway.