On behalf of Scott Air Force Base, I bid you a hearty welcome to the 2012 Airpower Over the Midwest Air Show, featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds! It's been six years since the Thunderbirds last joined us here, so we're extremely proud to be hosting them once again! There's nothing quite like their amazing, high speed performance.
Joining the Air Force's high-powered, precision performance team are the U.S. Special Operations Command's Para-Commandos. They will perform a precision parachute freefall demo, as well as be on hand to talk to everyone about their mission and the great work being performed by the Special Operations Command's Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen who are deployed to over 100 countries around the world.
There will be plenty of aircraft on display from fighter jets to heavy airlift workhorses, such as the C-17. However, if you are not familiar with all the platforms in our military inventory, that's all right, too.
The air show gives you the opportunity to meet your servicemen and women who will gladly explain and demonstrate the missions of the United States Armed Forces. These are America's finest. They have served on the front lines of battle in Iraq and Afghanistan. We encourage you to talk to them, to learn more about what they do, and hear their stories of sacrifice and service.
Along with showcasing our military might, the air show is our way of recognizing our close relationship with the surrounding communities and thanking them for their support throughout the year. It truly takes a team effort to put on such a spectacular show, and we could not do it without our community partners and our commercial sponsors.
Special thanks to our many Greater Scott Community partners and commercial sponsors for their generous donations of time, money and support to ensure the 2012 Airpower Over the Midwest air show is a success! Their assistance is critical for putting together a world class event, and their hard work and dedication over the last several months has been instrumental in enabling us to bring the ground displays and aerial demonstrations to this year's air show.
The 2012 air show marks the 95th Anniversary of Scott AFB! What started as a humble aviation station pre-World War II has blossomed during the years with a variety of missions to include flying training, radio operations, aeromedical evacuations. Now the 375th AMW supports 30 tenant units that include major commands for the Army and Air Force as well as the DoD. We still provide critical support in transportation, secure communications, and global mobility for our nation! In addition, the Air Force is celebrating its 65th Anniversary this year, so we're pleased to be able to share our successes with you as we demonstrate our capabilities as YOUR Air Force!
When you watch the demonstration teams take to the skies, when you walk through the aircraft on display, when you shake hands with military men and women--be proud. This is your United States military.
We are grateful for the patriotic American citizens who support us. The 2012 Airpower Over the Midwest Air Show is our way of saying "thanks" in return. We are confident the day will be filled with enjoyable memories. So again, welcome to Scott AFB and enjoy the show!
- Col. David Almand, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander
The following are currently scheduled flyovers for the 2012 Airshow. For more information on individual performers click on the links:
USSOCOM Para Commandos
T-6 and TG-7 Demonstration
Parchute Jump Team
U.S. Air Force, F-16 Thunderbirds
3:45 p.m. Band of Mid-America
Airshow FAQs and facts
Air show rules and regulations
**All items and persons are subject to search.
Prohibited Items -Weapons of any kind including: pocket knives, pocket tools, scissors, box cutters, nun chucks, billy clubs, large/heavy chain-link jewelry or belts, mace/pepper spray, firearms
-Toys that resemble firearms
-Spray paint/silly string
-Heelies, roller skates, rollerblades
-Rucksacks or backpacks
-Animals or pets
Permitted Items -Strollers, wagons for toddlers (personal belongings should not be carried in stroller or wagons)
-Wheelchairs and other medical equipment/devices
-Cameras, video recorders, binoculars (must be able to demonstrate items are operable)
Safety Items -For the safety of all visitors and aircraft, there is no smoking on the flightline [show grounds].
-Do not cross the crowd fencing and ropes, as this may cause the air show to be stopped.
-Do not touch or climb on any aircraft unless invited to do so by the aircrew.
-Remember trash can be sucked up into the aircraft engines damaging the aircraft and endangering the lives of the pilots and aircrew. Please keep the flightline [show grounds] litter free by using trash receptacles.
-Watch for tent ropes, aircraft tie-down chains, and other trip hazards.
-Observe all signs such as "no smoking", "do not enter", and "do not touch."
First Aid The first aid area is clearly marked by a red cross. If you need medical assistance, look for the banner with the red cross or ask an air show worker for help.
-Drink plenty of fluids, especially on warm sunny days.
-Apply sunscreen often, especially to small children. Wear a hat to protect your head. Temperatures on the flightline [show grounds] are typically higher than normal.
-Take time out to rest during the day as heat and excitement may cause fatigue.
Lost and Found A lost and found/information booth will be set up by the main entrance. Bring found items to the booth or go to the booth to report lost items. Announcements will be made over the public address system.
To report a lost child, go to the lost and found/information booth or ask an air show worker for help.
Motorcycles All riders operating a motorcycle on a military installation are required to wear safety gear to include:
-Long sleeve shirts