Smoky Mountain Air Show

$350,000 Donated to HonorAir!

Through the dedication of the Smoky Mountain Air Show Partnership and the overwhelming support of the people of East Tennessee and surrounding states, we were able to raise $350,000 for HonorAir Knoxville!

The Smoky Mountain Air Show is deeply saddened about the loss of The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels’ Captain Jeff Kuss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Capt. Kuss’ family, the US Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, and their family and friends.Blue Angels over Neyland

Thank You!

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came out to the Smoky Mountain Air Show! We appreciate the amazing support from the community and the opportunity to honor our local military and veterans.

We want to thank all of our sponsors including Eagle Distributing and West Chevrolet. A special thank you to our premier sponsor Vanquish Worldwide. Thank you!

Air Show Weekend is Here!

Air show weekend is in full swing! In addition to the website, we are asking our fans to please report to our social media pages to help keep you up to date on information and updates. Our employees are all hands on deck making sure you have the best air show experience possible. Because it’s show time, we will not be able to answer all e-mails and return all phone calls. We have done our best to provide detailed information here and on our social media, and we will have staff members and volunteers placed throughout the grounds to help you as best they can.

Remember that prohibited items, air show schedule, packing tips, directions to all parking lots, and all general information is available here on the website.

Here’s some information to clear up recent popular questions:

  • You do not need a parking pass to enter the air show grounds. You only need a parking pass to be guaranteed a spot in our designated parking area. You must have the pass with you when you arrive to park.
  • Remember to print out your parking pass (which was emailed to you as soon as you purchased it). If you do not have a personal printer you can use a business that offers public printing to print off your parking pass. Examples include public libraries, Staples and Office Depot.
  • As stated in the Terms and Conditions when purchasing your parking passes, we are unable to change passes from one day to the other. You must purchase a Saturday pass to park on Saturday, and you must purchase a Sunday pass to park on Sunday.
  • If available, parking passes can be purchased on the day of the show on a first come first serve basis. We have a specific number of spots available. All day-of arrivals who did not purchase a pass in advance should drive to the Red Lot.
  • If you do not have an accessible parking pass in the Blue Lot and you are coming with a passenger who needs to use the shuttle, you can drop them off at the Blue Lot. They will be able to ride the shuttle to the air show grounds. You will then drive to your designated lot to park. You must park in the lot that your parking pass is for.
  • There will be food and drink vendors throughout the air show grounds all day.
  • BRING CASH. There will be ATMs on site, but you can avoid waiting in line by bringing cash with you when you arrive. We can not facilitate credit card transactions.
  • As stated on the prohibited items list, there are NO backpacks permitted onto the air show grounds. You may bring bags that fit the specified dimensions.

Remember that it’s going to be crowded! We want you to enjoy your time at the air show, but you will need to “pack your patience” and prepare for traffic and a large crowd. This will be a show unlike anything East Tennessee has ever seen and we are so glad to have you experience it with us. We can’t wait for you to see what’s in store!

Air Show Schedule, Maps, and More!

As we enter the final days leading up to the show, air show staff is busy finalizing details, setting up, and making sure we offer the best air show experience possible. We are getting tons of questions via Facebook, telephone, and e-mail– we love the interest and enthusiasm from our fans! We’re doing our best to answer as many questions as possible, but to save you time and get your questions answered more efficiently, please remember that we’ve put a lot of helpful information on the website. Here are some links to pages that will answer many of your last minute questions! #SMAirShow16

Schedule (Please note, this is as specific as the schedule can be. Plan to make a full, fun day of the air show and you won’t miss anything!)
Prohibited Items
Parking and Traffic Maps
FAQ and Planning Tips
Aircraft on Display
Activities including Kids Area, Exhibitors and the Music Stage
FAQ For Current Military ID Holders
FAQ For General Aviation Pilots

Final Discounted Parking Pass Sale: Happening Now!

The final discounted parking pass sale is happening now! All parking passes for Sunday, April 17, are only $30 until Final Parking Pass SaleApril 1! After this sale, parking passes will return to $40 and will remain that price throughout the air show weekend. A few things to remember:

  1. Parking passes are per vehicle, not per person.
  2. They’re valid for one day only.
  3. They are nonrefundable and nontransferable
  4. Proceeds will benefit HonorAir Knoxville!

Parking passes can sell out (most of Saturday already has!), so if you haven’t already, purchase your pass today!

Official Lineup of Aerial Acts

With an aerial lineup made up of some of the most famous and talented performers in the business, spectators at the Smoky Mountain Air Show are in for a heart-pounding show. In a ceremony on February 23, an industry-legend and the official voice of the Smoky Mountain Air Show, Rob Reider, unveiled the official line up for the 2016 show announcing six aerial acts that will join the US Navy’s Blue Angels in Knoxville.

Greg Koontz has been in the air show business for more than 40 years. He has performed in more than 350 air shows dazzling crowds with his trademark aerobatic maneuvers.16SMAS_AerialAct_GregKoontz

Younkin Airshows continues the legacy of Bobby Younkin and features Matt Younkin’s Beech 18 aircraft performing aerobatic flight maneuvers it was never designed to do. 16SMAS_AerialAct_YounkinAirshows

The Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing teaches spectators about WWII aviation through living history. They are dedicated to restoring and preserving historical military aircraft in flying condition for all generations to enjoy.

16SMAS_AerialAct_CAFDWAeroshell Aerobatic Team has been performing in air shows all over North America for more than 25 years. The precision AT-6 Texan flight team performs captivating maneuvers in tight formation.  16SMAS_AerialAct_Aeroshell

Jacquie Warda, aka Jacquie B, launched her solo aerobatic career at the young age of 50. With more than 2,800 flight hours and more than 1,000 air shows behind her, Jacquie is sure to entertain and inspire. 16SMAS_AerialAct_JacquieB

The F-16 is a compact, multi-role fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface combat. It provides a relatively low-cost, high-performance weapon system for the United States and its allies. 16SMAS_F-16Viper_SocialPost

The sky isn’t the limit for the Smoky Mountain Air Show. When spectators aren’t marveling at performances in the air, they can enjoy more than 20 static displays on the ground. A wide array of aircraft will be represented giving all those who attend a great view of aviation throughout history. Click here to view a full list of displays.

Follow Smoky Mountain Air Show on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on all-things air show!

Volunteer Opportunities Available

The New Year has begun, and preparations for the 2016 Smoky Mountain Air Show are in full swing. An air show like this relies heavily on volunteers, and it would not be possible without help. Because of this, we are working very hard to make sure everything is in place for our volunteers prior to and during the air show. We will be providing volunteers with free parking on the day of their volunteer shift, lunch, and a t-shirt. Volunteering for the air show is a fantastic way to get a behind-the-scenes aviation experience that is rare to East Tennessee, and we would love your help.

Below are the different positions available for volunteers:

  1. Parking Attendant – This position is responsible for assisting with parking vehicles in designated lots, checking parking passes, and directing vehicles and parking them efficiently. This job is unique because it is involved with the efficient movement and parking of the vehicles that attend the air show. We have many spots open for this position, so it is a prime volunteer opportunity for groups or organizations seeking volunteer hours.
  2. Shuttle Announcer – This position is responsible for greeting air show attendees as they board the air show shuttle, announcing important air show information during the ride to the show site, and serving as a first impression for the air show. This position offers a very unique opportunity to deal with the attendees of the air show face-to-face. You will be providing attendees with vital information that will help them be more prepared and able to enjoy their day.
  3. Ground Clean Up – This position is responsible for keeping air show grounds free of trash, food, etc. Removal equipment will be provided. This position is especially important in the prevention of FOD (Foreign Object Debris). FOD is any object in an aviation environment that can be sucked into an aircraft engine or blown away at high speeds due to jet/propeller blast. FOD is very dangerous to aircraft and members working around aircraft. The ground clean-up position is responsible for making sure the air show ground is free of trash and other objects that can cause potential damage or injury.

If any of these positions interest you, or you simply have a love for aviation or giving back to the community, we would love your help. Also, if you know anyone who would be interested in volunteering, please direct them to this website or to the Volunteer Knoxville website for more information. For further questions or concerns, please email volunteer@tys.org.

Parking Pass Flash-Sale Coming Soon!

We’re excited to announce another parking pass sale is happening soon! January is coming to an end which means we’re one month closer to the Air Show! To celebrate, all parking passes will be $29 on January 29th! Admission to the Air Show is free, so buy your parking pass and plan for a fun-filled day of aviation. Beginning January 29, use the code: “ONLY29” to purchase your discounted parking pass here! Weekend Sale

Also, tickets are available for anyone interested in an upgraded experience, such as reserved seating or tickets to the Community VIP Chalet.

Parking Passes Now on Sale!

Here’s a few things to know when purchasing your parking pass:
  • Cyber Monday parking spots are located in the Green Lot— the lot closest to the air show’s entrance and doesn’t require a shuttle.
  • Parking passes are good for one day only of the air show. Make sure the date that is on your parking pass matches the date you plan to attend the air show before you make your final purchase.
  • Passes are per vehicle, not per person. Carpooling with friends and family is encouraged.
  • There’s no limit to the number of parking passes you can buy. These make great holiday gifts for that person who has everything!
  • If you’re interested in an upgraded air show experience, be sure to check out the reserved seating options as well as tickets to the Community VIP Chalet.
  • A portion of the air show proceeds will benefit HonorAir Knoxville.
Thank you for your support, and we’ll see you at the air show on April 16-17, 2016!