Gowen Thunder 2017...the largest air show to hit the Treasure Valley in over 20 years..thousands will attend, but only a few will sit in the VIP section with cold drinks food and more. You could be one of those few for free.

This weekend (Oct 14th and 15th) the USAF Thunderbirds hit the Boise skies for a free air show. There are also VIP passes available for both shows that include shade, seats, food and cold beverages. To reserve your VIP passes click here

Oh and did I mention, the best part…the show is Free...but you can also win free VIP tickets for upfront covered VIP seating, food, drinks and more valued at $280 a pair.

There is a limited number of seat available for both Saturday and Sunday, and we have two pair of tickets that we will give away for a couple of lucky winners, beginning Monday morning with Mike and Nicole....listen in from 6 to 10 to find out how to win...and before Monday, just this one hint..you might want to download the Mix 106 radio app from your app store, you're going to need it.

To prepare for the big show, the Mix Morning show was invited to Gowen Field to fly the A-10 Warthog. Talk to me Goose!

OK, it was the A-10 simulator, but it definitely felt real and I have to say we all killed it on our flight....that is nobody crashed.And trust me, we were all a little nervous because we if  we broke the simulator, none of us had the money to cover the costs of a 6 million dollar simulator. It is by far the most expensive piece of equipment I've ever been allowed to touch...let alone operate. Even though the cockpit never moved, the simulator was so real feeling that it felt like you were really turning and rolling while doing barrel rolls. It would be very easy to get air sick.


In addition to the Air Force Thunderbirds you will see these top performers too  the incredible and amazing, Canadian Snowbirds.

There will be aerial acrobatics, ground shows and displays. But of course the biggest draw will undoubtedly  will be the US Air Force’s Thunderbirds and the Royal Canadian Snowbirds. This will be the first appearance ever for the Thunderbirds and Snowbirds at Gowen Field

The show will also feature the U.S. Army jump team and an arms demonstration showing off the  Idaho National Guard combat capability, which will include tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, self-propelled howitzers and Army and Air Guard helicopters and jets.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are going to attend this amazing event:

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. and remain open until 4:30 p.m.

  • Bring sunscreen, you could be in the sun for a long time.
  • Bring portable chairs
  • Bring Earplugs, it gets loud!
  • You will be searched prior to entering the flight line/show area
  • Everyone 18 and over must provide a driver’s license or photo ID to gain entry.
  • Park in designated areas
  • Drive in designated areas

There are few things that you are NOT allowed to bring to Gowen Field if you are intending to attend Gowen Thunder:

  • No weapons of any kind and that includes concealed weapons with a permit NONE!
  • Coolers (small, soft insulated type coolers containing infant formula/medicine are authorized
  • Roller blades, skateboards, scooters, and bicycles are not allowed
  • Pets (assistance dogs are authorized)
  • No Backpacks
  • No scanners or radios
  • Any item deemed unsafe by security personnel

Here’s what is allowed:

  • Diaper bags are permitted if infant is present
  • Small, soft insulated-type coolers to hold infant formula/medicine
  • Binoculars, cameras and video cameras and standard-sized camera cases
  • Medical equipment/medicine
  • Portable chairs

To keep up on all the latest news about the air show you can follow Gowen Thunder on its Facebook page or its website, gowenthunder.org.


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