March 30 & 31, 2019

Boca Chica Field, Key West


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What is the admission fee?

There is no admission or parking fee. Patrons are welcome to bring their own chairs/blankets. The earlier one arrives, the better the set-up spots. There is a fee for reserved seating. Seats can be reserved in advance or purchased as available on the day of the show. Once the show starts, spaces behind the bleachers are not good for viewing anything on the tarmac, so the open spaces to the sides of the bleacher areas are the best for viewing.

May I purchase advance seating to the air show?

Yes, advance seating wristbands are available for both general admission bleacher seating and reserved box seating.


Are seating reservations for the entire weekend or for just one day?
Each ticket is good for one day only — Extra reservations would be needed for any additional day(s) you wish to attend. To purchase reserved seating click on the “Buy Tickets Now” logo on the home page. Box, Bleacher and Flightline seating options are available.


May I upgrade my ticket the day of the event?
The Flightline Club and Box Seating will offer any available seats for purchase the day of the event and you can upgrade if you have cash. We cannot take credit cards at the show, however there is an ATM on the grounds. Seating areas have sold out in the past and we recommend pre-registration to ensure seats are available and that your group can find seating together in bleachers or box seats.

What time does the show start and end?

Gates open at 9 am both days and the show is scheduled to begin at 10 am. The US Navy Blue Angels are the last performers of each day and they go up around 2:30 pm. The show is usually over around 3:45 pm


Is it a different show each day?
The air show schedule is the same each day. The gates open at 9 am and the show begins at 10 am with the Blue Angels flying at 2:30 pm. Low clouds or high winds can affect the performer’s acts.


What happens if it rains?
We contend “It NEVER rains on our parade!” Some years the weather channel has reported thunder storms during our show, while we were enjoying rain-free weather as the storms passed north of the Naval Air Station. There are no refunds and no rain dates for the event. Check our website for inclement weather announcements.

What is the temperature at the show?

The average temperature that time of year is 79 degrees. We suggest wearing a hat instead of an umbrella because it tends to obscure the view of people behind you. Also be prepared and bring sunscreen with you – the sun is hotter than you think. The average rain fall for the month of April is 1.7 inches.


Is there handicapped parking available?
There is handicap parking located directly north of the tarmac. Security will direct those with handicapped parking tags to the designated parking area. There is limited space and this parking area will fill up quickly. Plan ahead and arrive early to ensure a parking space. Once the handicap area is full, electric cars will pick-up and drop-off handicap patrons from regular parking areas.


Where do I park?
Once you enter the base you will be guided to the nearest available parking area. As they fill you will be directed to parking lots that have shuttle service to and from the show. For questions specific to parking different types of vehicles, contact the security office at 305-293-2506.


Can I bring a wagon to pull my kids in?
Yes, they work well with children too big for strollers, but too young for all that walking. Be mindful that strollers, carriages and wagons cannot take up aisle space in the seating areas and have to be stowed under the bleachers.


Are pets allowed on the show grounds? 
No, pets are NOT allowed other than service animals. The crowds and noise are not suitable for pets.


Is smoking permitted?
Smoking cigarettes or e-cigarettes is not permitted anywhere on the flight line in the vicinity of aircraft, vendor tents or chalets. Jet fuel is very flammable and as planes are on the tarmac during regular hours and brought in for the show, there is often fuel soaked into the cement. There are also many children at eye level with held cigarettes, creating a safety hazard. Smoking is permitted ONLY in the designated smoking areas; see event layout for specific locations.


Are drones allowed?
Naval Air Station Key West is a No Drone Zone. Flying your personal drones in or near the air show display area is strictly prohibited. You could face significant penalties, criminal prosecution or both. Operating your drone in the air show environment is a serious safety hazard. So, sit back, leave your drone at home and enjoy the show.

May I bring lawn chairs, blankets or coolers?

Chairs and blankets are permitted and recommended for general spectator seating. All items are subject to search. If you have purchased an upgraded flight line ticket or have a Sponsor ticket, seating will be provided in these areas and you will not need to bring your chairs. Coolers are not permitted. Camera bags and  diaper bags are allowed but subject to search.


Can we bring a pop up tent?
No, due to safety concerns, pop up tents are not permitted.

Are roller skates, skateboards, bikes, or personal golf carts permitted on the show grounds?

No, none of these items are permitted due to security and safety restrictions. Handicap scooters and electric wheelchairs are allowed.


Is outside food or beverages permitted?
No outside food or beverages are allowed into the air show, other than baby bottles (non-glass) and small snack items for infant children. We have a variety of food and beverage vendors who offer a full assortment of foods and drinks.  Beer is available for purchase by those of age.


Do the vendors take credit cards?
Some do and some don’t, however an ATM is available on the site. It is recommended you bring cash with you.

I’m a pilot and own a small plane. Can I fly-in to the show?

You cannot fly into the base, however small air planes can land at the Key West International Airport.

Other than the air show, what other attractions will be at the show?

In addition to the air show, spectators can enjoy a collection of aircraft on display, virtual games and other attractions/displays at vendor booths, food booths, souvenir booths, and a kids fun-zone.


Are there Military Discounts?
No. The show is free and prices for reserved seating and chalets help pay for their rental.

How do I get Press/Media Credentials?

Media credentials will only be extended to media on assignment. Media Credentials requests must be submitted in advance of air show dates on station / publication letterhead. These requests should be emailed to the Public Affairs Office at [email protected]


What are chalets?
Chalets are exclusive rented areas on the flight line that include seating, tent, tables, catered food and beverages. Many corporations and groups buy chalet packages as a bonus for their patrons or workers. Smaller businesses / groups can buy smaller packages that gain them access to the MWR Chalet or purchase individual tickets to the Flightline Club that also provides a tented area, chairs, food, and beverages for an extra special experience at the air show


Is there shade?
General Admission patrons will be under an open sky. Bleacher and Box seating areas are not shaded either. The Flightline Club provides a shaded area in addition to the picnic tables. Patrons are encouraged to plan accordingly and bring plenty of sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. We do not encourage umbrellas as they block the view of other patrons and present a hazard to people’s eyes.


Are cameras allowed?
Yes. We want you to capture and share your air show memories. Your camera bags will be checked upon entry. Please be considerate of those trying to view the show and do not block their view by setting up tripods in front of their seats.


If I have a concealed weapon license, can I bring my gun?

All weapons (regardless of permit) are prohibited, including: firearms, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), replica or toy weapons, pepper spray, stun guns, walking sticks (except for handicap use) and all other items that the security force deems dangerous. Any confiscated items will not be returned.

We ask for your cooperation in keeping potentially dangerous items safely off Navy property. At the entry points to the air show all bags will be inspected and subject to refusal by security. It is recommended that guest minimize the number and size of permitted items to reduce the inspection time prior to access into the air show area. Please note that all vehicles are subject to search prior to entering the base.


Can you direct me to a place to stay during the weekend?
Please visit for information on hotels.


Are there other attractions to see in the Key West Area?

Here are a couple websites to research for things to do in Key West while you are here.,,