The Thunder Over New Hampshire Air Show at the Pease Air National Guard Base is less than a month away but now is the time to think about parking.

The air show's organizers said they are aware of previous traffic and parking "challenges" during previous air shows at Pease.  The group is working with a parking event consulting company to develop a plan for this year's show scheduled for  Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12.

The air show marks the return of the US Air Force Thunderbirds to Pease, which drew over 100,000 spectators in 2011.

There is no admission fee for the air show but parking must be reserved ahead of time via the air show website and will not be available at the gate.

Four Lots, Some at a Premium

Parking areas at the Thunder Over New Hampshire Air Show
Parking areas at the Thunder Over New Hampshire Air Show (Thunder Over New Hampshire Air Show)

Passes are reserved for one of four specific lots (green, blue, yellow, or red) and are only valid for the lot for which it is purchased or reserved.

Some premium parking passes as still available online:

  • South premium parking (yellow) is priced at $55 each. The lot is close to the air show line and offers easy access to the grounds.
  • South premium reserved parking (red) is priced at $25. Parking in this lot assures guests a space on the airport ramp within walking distance of the south entry gate
  • The closest area in the north ramp base premium parking (green) is sold out.

There are free parking passes available online for the north ramp base (blue).

Walk-ins, ride share vehicles and taxis are not permitted due to safety issues of mixing vehicle and pedestrian traffic. They also slow down the entrance and exit of other vehicles, according to the air show organizers.

2 Days Of Air Show Activities

Performers scheduled to fly include the KC-46A Pegasus from the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease, the U.S. Special Operations Command Paracommandos Jump Team comprised of active-duty Special Operators, such as Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, Air Force Combat Controllers and Marine Raiders.

A 50-acre area called Patriots Plaza will be the focus of the show with dozens of aircraft displays, hands-on educational activities for kids of all ages, dining, concessions, and souvenirs for sale and the Kidz Zone play area.

The gates for the show will open daily at 9 a.m. with the aerial displays starting at noon.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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