The 2017 “Thunder Over Dover” Open House at Dover Air Force Base promises an exciting time for all and a series of aerial demonstrations and ground displays not seen in the First State since 2009.
The event will take place Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 at the base south of Dover.
This year marks the Air Force’s 70th Anniversary, and the entire year is devoted to “Celebrating Our Heritage,” event Public Relations Officer Capt. George B. “Bernie” Kale said.
Event organizers are ready to welcome more than 200,000 guests to participate in a unique behind-the-scenes experience on Dover AFB, he said
“‘Thunder Over Dover,” Team Dover’s first open house in eight years, is an excellent opportunity to share this heritage with the greater Delmarva community,” he said.
The public will be admitted to the base only through the North Gate, at the intersection of Del. Route 10 and U.S. Route 13, Kale said.
The gate will open at 9 a.m. both days, Kale added.
Opening ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m., with aerial demonstrations starting at 11 a.m.
The show will end at 5 p.m. each day, Kale said.
There will be additional parking at the Bergold Farm on Route 9, with shuttle service to the main event every five to 10 minutes. The Air Mobility Command Museum, adjacent to the Bergold Farm will be open both days.
Limited additional parking at the AMCM is available. However, all vehicles must leave the lot by 5 p.m. There is no overnight parking allowed.
There are five bus/RV parking areas at the museum, but they are available only on a first-come, first-served basis.
“We’re going to trace the history of air power in the United States Air Force,” said Lt. Col. Todd Walker, 436th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander and 2017 Thunder Over Dover Open House ground boss. “You’re going to get a little bit of World War II all the way up to present day.
“Not only that, you’re going to get to talk with a lot of folks who have been a part of those eras. They’re going to be out there talking about the history of their planes, and they’ll actually show you around their planes.
“It’s going to be a historical time,” Walker said.
Both Saturday’s and Sunday’s schedule are packed with aerial demonstrations including the USAF Thunderbirds, the Army’s Black Daggers parachute team, a P-51D Mustang demonstration and aerial acrobatics. There will also be more than 30 static aircraft displays in addition to the more than 40 displays also available at the Air Mobility Command Museum.
To fully enjoy the show, Kale suggests bringing:
- Hearing protection
- Comfortable shoes
- Water bottles/canteens
- Camera bags, no larger than 12x12 inches
Everyone entering the base is subject to search by base security forces and at any time while on the installation.
Prohibited items include weapons of any kind, toys that resemble firearms, fireworks, Silly String, spray paint, glass containers, alcohol and illegal drugs, bicycles, skateboards, roller blades and skates, coolers, large umbrellas or portable tents and backpacks or rucksacks.
Pets also are prohibited, except for service animals.
The state of Delaware’s Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs announced Aug. 16 the John Dickinson Plantation, which is adjacent to the Bergold Farm parking areas, will be closed the weekend of the Open House.
It will re-open Tuesday, Aug. 29.
For a full schedule, a list of performers and static displays, maps, and a detailed list of suggested and prohibited items, visit the Thunder Over Dover page at http://dover.af.mil/ThunderOverDover/.