Monday, February 26, 2024

This year’s Alliance Air Show will be drive-in

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, photo courtesy of the Alliance Air Show

Alliance Air Productions announced Monday that the 30th Anniversary of the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show, set for Oct. 17-18 at Fort Worth Alliance Airport and featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, will be North Texas’ first drive-in air show experience.

The current plan is to offer a limited number of parking tickets available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis in mid-September at There will be no parking tickets sold onsite, according to a news release from the company.

“The circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic provided the unique opportunity to be innovative in how to move forward with hosting the air show for the North Texas community,” said Christina Carey, director of special projects for Alliance Air Productions, producer of the event and a nonprofit organization created by Hillwood. “Our newly reformatted event will be a memorable, fun and socially distanced drive-in experience as we celebrate 30 years of soaring excellence.”

With health and safety as the top priority, social distancing standards and additional protocols will be in place. Each vehicle will be appropriately separated – with one space for the vehicle and the adjoining space for guests to sit safely and picnic. Guests still will be able to photograph, see and feel the heart-thumping roar of the world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other best-in-class performers. The drive-in experience will not include static displays, exhibitors, kids’ inflatables, paid seating areas or chalets. Additional information on the drive-in experience and plans, including what will and will not be allowed, to keep you and your family safe will be available at

Critical Safety Information:

  • Those who have had COVID-19 symptoms or had close contact with someone who has had COVID-19 symptoms – within the past 14 days of the air show – should remain at home.
  • All guests will be required to wear masks for the entirety of the event.
  • Open flames, grills, pop-up tents, RV’s, trailers and smoking will not be allowed.
  • Ample restrooms and hand wash stations will be onsite.

“Alliance Air Productions will continue to monitor updates relevant to our area, as they are made available,” Carey said. “Should local, state, federal, military, or FAA entities determine that we cannot host a 2020 air show due to matters that are COVID-19 related, advance ticket purchases will be refunded.”

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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