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The history of Joint Base Andrews dates back to the Civil War when the Union occupied a small country church as its headquarters for soldiers camped nearby. Today, that church is known as Chapel Two, and the base community still uses it for worship services. Read the full history of Joint Base Andrews.
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Lt. Gen. Frank M. AndrewsLt. Gen. Frank Maxwell Andrews was one of the most influential leaders behind the creation of today's modern Air Force. General Andrews was a significant figure in the early days of the Army Air Corps. He was often called "Marshall's Airman," referring to General of the Army George C. Marshall, who was the Army Chief of Staff. General Andrews was General Marshall's main advisor concerning aviation matters. Although General Andrews died in 1943, his influence with General Marshall and other senior military leaders played a pivotal role toward the ultimate establishment of a separate and independent Air Force. Read more about General Andrews.
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- U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds


- F-22 Demonstration Team

SOCOM's Para-Commandos

- SOCOM's Para-Commandos"

- 113th Wing's F-16 Missing Man Formation

-11th Wing UH-1N jump and formation

- 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 flyover


- Trojan Horsemen

- Kent Pietsch "Jelly Belly" Plane

- B-25 Panchito

- KC-10

- Air Boss, Wayne Boggs

- MX-2, Scott Francis

- P-51 Mustang "Quick Silver", Scott "Scooter" Yoak

- P-40 Warhawk

- F-4U Corsair "Korean War Hero", Jim "Torc" Tobul

- B-25 Miss Hap

- Flash Fire Jet Truck

- David Windmiller

Matt Jolley

- Heritage Flight with the F-22 and P-51
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1. Will there be an air show this year? What time does it start and end?

Yes, the air show is scheduled for September 19.  Gates open 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  First buses will begin to depart the parking locations at 8:00 AM and last buses will depart the base to return to parking at 5:30 PM.  Shuttles will run continuously throughout the day except the last bus will depart parking to the Air Show at 1:00 PM.

While there will also be a full show on Friday with gates opening at 9:00 AM also, the Friday show will be limited to Department of Defense cardholders as well as special invitees. We encourage all DoD cardholders to attend the Friday show. There will be parking on-base both days and will be directed to special parking on the East Side of base.

2. Will there be a joint service open house?
There will not be a separate JSOH in 2015.

3. Where can I find information about the air show?
The most current information can be found on our Facebook, Twitter and website.

4. Where can I park and will there be a shuttle?
Free public parking is available with shuttles to the show at FedEx Field and Branch Ave Metro Station. Shuttles will begin at 8:00 a.m.  No public parking is available on Joint Base Andrews.

5. Is there parking for people with special needs?
Yes. Each parking location, FedEx Field, Branch Avenue Metro Station, and on-base for DoD cardholders, will have designated parking for disabled visitors with proper parking certification.  For FedEx parking, those requiring Americans with Disabilities Act parking access are encouraged to use Morgan Boulevard entrance to the arena.

6. What type of displays and entertainment should we expect?
There will be modern as well as heritage aircraft and other vehicle displays representing all military services: Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army, and Coast Guard as well as Department of Homeland Security.  In addition, many public safety, emergency medical, and law enforcement agencies will provide aircraft displays.

7. Can I bring my own food/beverages/chairs?
Guests will not be able to bring food but water in clear containers may be brought. There will be food for purchase as well as free water available through water fountains and dispensers throughout the show area. Families with small children will be allowed to bring a small diaper bag/kit with snacks, formula, etc.

8. Will there be a day for DOD personnel?
Yes, September 18 will be for DoD cardholders with base access in addition to local special organizations (school groups, wounded warriors, etc.) Information will be forthcoming this summer.

9. What time are the Thunderbirds flying?
On Saturday, the USAF Thunderbirds will begin their performance around 3 PM, however all performances are subject to change.

10. Will there be food for purchase? What kind of food are you offering and what is the price range?
Yes.  Concessionaires will provide food and beverage at reasonable prices that will be competitive with food prices at other major sporting or entertainment events.

11. Can we stay on base? What is available and who is it available to?
The general public cannot stay on-base.  On-base lodging is reserved for performers, staff, and some volunteers, but as always, base lodging could be open to qualified personnel on a space-available basis.

12. What is the plan for inclement weather?
There are contingency plans for modified or delayed performances depending on the severity of inclement weather within the bounds of safety and regulations.  If inclement weather causes a cancellation of events on either day, there will be no make-up or alternate date.

13. I am with the press. Is there a press tent? Where can we park our vehicles?
Yes.  Information will be forthcoming this summer. Please call Public Affairs at 240-612-4428.

14. Are pets allowed?
Only certified service animals will be permitted.

15. Can I volunteer to work at the air show?
A number of community and civic organizations have volunteered support and personnel.  Due to access and security screening requirements, taking on individual volunteers will not be possible.

16. What are the requirements for non-military to get on base?
For security purposes, non-DoD cardholders will need to pass through screening at free shuttle bus locations.

17. Are there tickets or is it an open house?
There will be no general admission tickets available for purchase or reservation.  Attendance is free and open to the public, but non-DoD guests will have to come on base via free shuttles from pre-announced pickup locations.  There may be opportunities for special access tents available for purchase, but show center will be open and visible to all attendees for free.

Metro usage is encouraged. Riders of the Green Line can utilize free shuttles from Branch Avenue Metro Station.  Riders of the Blue or Silver Lines may go to Morgan Boulevard Station or Largo Town Center and walk to FedEx Field where free shuttles will be running inbound to the show from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Saturday.  Shuttles will run continuously for guests returning to Branch Avenue Metro Station and FedEx Field from 9:00 AM until shortly after the show is over and all guests have departed the base.

Opportunities for special access viewing areas in the show area available for purchase, but show center will be open and visible to all attendees for free.  To purchase reserved seating click here.

18. Is the air show the same as the last one?
No. Due to economic restraints and a desire to be the best stewards of the funding we have been allotted, this air show will be scaled back.  Our goal, however, is to ensure the scaling back is as transparent to the public as possible.  We will still have excellent demonstrations of military airpower from modern military and heritage aircraft, plus family-friendly entertainment, ground exhibits, and other excitement.

19. Why is the air show only one day?
A one-day show will allow us to open the gates to the public in a way that will provide the same opportunities to educate and enhance public awareness of military capabilities, honor our heritage, and promote positive community and international relations while showcasing our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines under the constraints of the current fiscal environment.

20. Are premium seating tickets available?
Tickets are not required to attend the air show and audience members are authorize
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