View of Aviation Nation 2006
|Venue||Nellis Air Force Base|
|Location(s)||Clark County, Nevada|
|Attendance||140,000 - 200,000|
|Organized by||United States Air Force|
Aviation Nation, sometimes referred to as America's Air Show, is the annual award-winning air show of the United States Air Force. The show is hosted at Nellis Air Force Base in November of each year.
Being held at Nellis means that the Thunderbirds usually perform at this air show at their home base as their last show of the year. Since Nellis is the leading Air Force combat training center, the show is able to feature the newest Air Force aircraft like the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lighting II.
The air show is a three-day event and is open to the public for the last two days. Guests who are unable to normally access the base can park at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and ride a free shuttle bus to the base tarmac to view aircraft static displays, tour some aircraft, visit vending booths, and watch aerial demonstrations.
The show began in 2002. The 2013 Aviation Nation air show was canceled due to federal budget cuts. Aviation Nation returned in November 2014. There was no show in 2015. For 2016 the air show's theme was "75 Years of Airpower" and was held on Nov 11-13th. The theme for the 2017 air show is "Breaking Barriers Since 1947" which celebrates the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force and will be held on Nov 10-12th. 
- http://afthunderbirds.com/site/show-season/ 2016-2017 USAF Thunderbirds Show Season
- http://www.nellis.af.mil/Air-SpaceExpo/ Aviation Nation 2017
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