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Parking, transportation options detailed ahead of Hill AFB air show

By Rob Nielsen - | Jun 24, 2024

Brian Wolfer, Special to the Standard-Examiner

The Warriors Over the Wasatch Air Show takes place at Hill Air Force Base in Layton on Saturday, June 25, 2022.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The Warriors Over the Wasatch open house and air show is only days away.

Occurring every two years, the air show attracts thousands of visitors eager to watch a variety of aircraft engage in acrobatic mid-air displays. This year’s performance is set to feature more than 20 military and civilian acts, including the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

“Our air show is one of the most act-packed air shows in the country,” said Lt. Col. Diana Bradfield, 75th Operations Support Squadron commander, in a news release from the base. “We just want our community to be able to appreciate the historical aspects of our nation’s air power might and see what our next generation has to offer as well.”

This year’s air show will take place Saturday and Sunday. Both days, the base will be open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with first acts in the air around 10:30 a.m. There is no charge for admission.

With thousands expected to pour through the base’s gates during the two-day event, attendees are being reminded to plan ahead for traffic and parking.

According to a press release from the Utah Transit Authority, the agency is planning enhanced services for a smoother trip to the show, including additional FrontRunner service both days as well as a free shuttle bus from the Clearfield Station parking lot onto the base.

Visitors also can pick up a $5 Air Show Day Pass that grants unlimited rides on all of UTA’s modes of service except Paratransit. Also available are $15 Group Day Passes for up to four people. Both passes are available through UTA’s Transit app. Group passes also can be purchased at Ticket Vending Machines or by calling 801-RIDE-UTA.

Additionally, the release said, “FrontRunner will operate 30-minute peak service and 60-minute midday service from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shuttles will run frequently from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from the Clearfield FrontRunner Station to the South Gate of Hill Air Force Base.”

Another press release from Hill said there will be parking options on base and at surrounding locations connected via shuttle buses, but it warned that parking space will be limited.

To park on the base, visitors can enter at the base’s north or west gates starting at 7:30 a.m. From there, drivers will be directed to lots close enough to walk to the air show, but shuttles also will be provided.

Off-base parking has been designated at the Clearfield Station (1250 S. State St.), the Weber State University Center for Continuing Education (775 S. University Park Blvd.) and Northridge High School (2430 N. Hill Field Road). Shuttles will pick up air show attendees at Clearfield Station and WSU but not from Northridge High, which is close enough to base for visitors to walk to Hill’s South Gate.

The release adds that there are also limited options for handicap parking at the base.

“Vehicles with handicap placards and license plates should enter through the left lane at the West Gate,” the release said. “They are asked to turn on their hazard lights and remain in the left lane signaling the traffic team to provide instructions and direct them to the appropriate parking area. Additionally, UTA will have handicap services available from the Clearfield Station to facilitate attendees who need assistance.”

For more information on parking, transportation, prohibited and allowed items, and a list of performers, visit https://tinyurl.com/mwfwu8vn.

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