Grand Junction Air Show returns featuring U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds |

Grand Junction Air Show returns featuring U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

Brittany Markert
Tora! Tora! Tora! will perform at Grand Junction's Air Show Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11.
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WHAT: Grand Junction Air Show

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11

WHERE: Grand Junction Regional Airport, 2828 Walker Field Dr., Grand Junction

COST: Online tickets, $25 for adults, $10 for children 6-10, free for children 5 and under; At gate, $30 for adults, $10 for children 6-10 and free for children 5 and under


Grand Junction will once again see dozens of unique airplanes and helicopters during the 2015 Air Show. It is the first show in three years.

The Grand Junction Air Show is set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, at Grand Junction Regional Airport.

The show will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Team. It’s been thirteen years since the last time the team was in western Colorado.

“We are excited to have the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as our featured jet team this year,” said Clay Tufly, President of Grand Junction Air Show, Inc. “There will be many new acts at this show along with the favorite military performers and static displays.”

It is estimated around 15,000 folks will attend each day.

“The Grand Junction Air Show is an event that brings diversity in our community’s event offerings to visitors and locals alike,” said Mistalynn Meyeraan, of The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau. “We are fortunate that the Grand Valley’s festival season stretches into the fall, giving our economy another boost.”

Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. each day, with the show beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the last show at 4 p.m.

Tickets cost $25 each day online or $30 at the gate for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and children under 5 are free. Parking costs and additional $10 online or $15 at the gate.

A shuttle will not be available, so attendees are encouraged to plan ahead. Folks should note a security check will happen at the gate. Folding chairs are welcome, but prohibited items include alcoholic beverages, weapons of any time, pets, glass containers, coolers, ice chests and food.

On Friday, Oct. 9, Allen Unique Autos (2285 River Road, Grand Junction) will host an event at 9 a.m. Free tickets will be handed out to all school-aged children who attend a free, special presentation by the Thunderbirds.

The Grand Junction Air Show will also feature Tora! Tora! Tora!, a commemorative Air Force recreation of the Japanese attach on Pearl Harbor. Other acts include demonstrations by T-33 P-64 Provost, Barry Hancock and a T-6, Rocky Mountain Renegades, U.S. Air Force Wings of Blue and Squirrel Cage.

Vendors will also be set up including food and displays of an X-1 Air Force Supercar and a B-17 airplane.

“We are excited to offer ‘Grand Junction Celebrates Trains, Planes and Automobiles’ by cross promoting the Grand Junction Air Show, Amtrak Train Days and Allen Unique Autos to provide an experience unlike any other in the region.” Meyeraan said.

The weekend will also feature an Amtrak Exhibit Train which will arrive in Grand Junction’s Amtrak Station Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The train event is free for all ages.

Allen Unique Auto (2285 River Road, Grand Junction) will provide $3 off adult admission by using the GJVCB vouchers from the booths at the air show and Amtrak event.

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