Gates at Keesler open at 7:30am where you will find static displays, kids' zone with inflatables and obstacle courses and air shows. A ground display will include a Mobile Interactive Aviation Museum with A-7 and F-110 cockpits where you can sit in the seats.
The US Air Force Thunderbirds produce an hour-long demonstration that combines pride, precision, and professionalism with years of pilot training for an amazing showcase. The sharply choreographed, drill-style ground ceremony kicks off the demonstration by showcasing the attention to detail and esprit de corps that defines the Air Force's enlisted members. As the jets take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, the crowd will get a glimpse of the awesome skills and capabilities possessed by the fighter pilots. The solo pilots integrate their own loud and proud routine, exhibiting some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, which is the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet.
Other performances include the Twin Tigers’ Yak ‘55s — the 2019 International Council on Air Shows Platinum Pinnacle Award winner in the civilian performer category. The tiger-striped planes perform acrobatics.
There’s also shows by the Wild Blue Rodeo’s RV-8, billed as aircraft that wants to be a fighter jet by day and a cop car at night, and Jeremy Holt Airshow’s Pegasus Biplane, a vintage, ultralight airplane.
You can also see the Smoke N’ Thunder Jet Truck, a twin jet engine ‘57 Chevy pickup capable of speeds of 350 mph and higher, the Scott Francis Air Show’s MXS (only one of 12 in existence), the Greg Koontz & the Alabama Boys’ Xtreme Super Decathlon and a 1946 Piper J3-Cl, often called the world’s most iconic airplane.