‘Warriors Over the Wasatch’ promises to be non-stop action

Wednesday , June 25, 2014 - 5:54 PM

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By RACHEL TROTTER

Standard-Examiner correspondent

Spectators will have plenty to see this weekend at the “Warriors Over the Wasatch” air show at Hill Air Force Base.

“This show is chock full of incredible aircraft flying,” said Kevin Ireland, military affairs committee chairman with the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce.

“There is more in this show than ever before.”

Gates open at 8 a.m., and admission and parking is free.

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A pre-show starts at 9 a.m.

with festivities officially beginning at 10 a.m. The base’s South, West and Roy gates will all be open to the public. The South gate can be entered from S.R. 193. The West gate is off Interstate 15 exit 335. The Roy gate is off I-15 exit 338.

Once the Golden Knights parachute out of planes with an American flag at 10 a.m. there will be non-stop action all day until 4 p.m., said Richard Essary, public relations specialist with Hill Air Force Base. The show will be the same on both days, Ireland said.

So, what is the best way to enjoy the show? Right on the flight line of the air show ramp, Essary said.

When people come to the gates they will be shown where to park. Some parking areas are within walking distance of the ramp, and those who park in other areas will be shuttled to the right spot, Essary said.

One perk being offered this year is the chance to use public transit.

“UTA has stepped up and is offering transportation from the Clearfield station right to the front steps of the show,” Essary said.

The ride will cost $2.50 per person, each way, but Essary said it is a good option to not have to fight parking and traffic. Discounted group tickets for transport also are available.

At the base, there will be many food and drink vendors during the show. Coolers will not be allowed unless needed for medical reasons, and big chairs and tents also will not be permitted. People can bring water bottles and non-perishable food, and there will be free water stations available. Essary said vendor food will be reasonably priced.

“There will be all sorts of things, and people should come early to get the best view and watch the whole thing,” he said. “Make sure to bring sunscreen. People want to know where to watch and it’s at the event. There’s not going to be a great view if you’re not at the ramp.”

Essary said to avoid problems, people should check out the list of permitted and non-permitted items.

“We would hate for people to bring things after they have walked to the spot and have to go back to their cars or shuttle back,” Essary said.

The list follows, but can also be found at www.hill.af.mil/warriorsoverthewasatch. The Web site also has a detailed map of the base, suggestions on where to watch events, and a full list of events and performances.

Motorcycles also will be allowed to park on base, but the rules are very specific, Essary said. Motorcycle riders must have helmets, gloves and long sleeve shirts. A full list of requirements is online as well.

Ireland said the show is unique this year in that performances will represent many time periods, from planes from World War II to the jets of today.

Rob Holland, a three-time world champion aerobatic pilot will perform right before the Thunderbirds. Ireland said many will also enjoy the Red Bull Air Force parachuting team as well as a few open air World War II planes.

Essary said there will also be planes that people can walk around, look at and explore from the inside.

Essary expects the base will get about 400,000 visitors over the two days of the show, and encourages everyone who can to come.

“It will be something else,” he said. “No one will want to miss it.”

PREVIEW

  • WHAT: ’Warriors Over the Wasatch’ air show
  • WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 28 and 29. Gates open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • WHERE: Hill Air Force Base. Enter through the south, west or Roy gate.
  • ADMISSION: Free

Prohibited Items

• Weapons (regardless of permit) including firearms, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), replica or toy weapons

• Coolers (exception: baby food/beverages)

• Ammunition or any form of explosives

• This is a non-smoking air show: to include E-Cigs.

• Spark producing devices (example: lighters, matches, etc.)

• Pets (except service animals assisting those with disabilities)

• Tents, portable or temporary awnings

• Large lawn chairs (exceptions: small folding camping chairs)

• Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, rollerblades or rollerskates

• Mace, pepper spray, and personal tasers/stun guns

• No outside alcohol

• Laser pointers

• Digital scanners

• Glass containers

• Illegal drugs

• Grills or fireworks

• Excessive storage items such as briefcases or duffel bags and backpacks (exceptions: diaper bags, small purses, small camera cases and fanny packs)

Permitted Items

• Sunscreen

• Ear protection (plugs and head phones)

• Sealed water bottles (no cases)

• Sealed Ice packs (no loose ice permitted)

• Walkie-talkies, scanners, HAM radios and/or portable AM/FM radios

• Fanny packs and purses (will be subject to search)

• Cameras and camcorders

• Folding chairs and camping chairs

• Pre-packaged and/or sealed snack food

• Diaper bags (will be subject to search)

• Children’s wagons (non–motorized)

• Baby food

• Strollers

• Umbrellas

• Wheelchairs

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