The Thunderbirds will perform during Airpower Over the Midwest.
After skipping a year, the Airpower Over the Midwest air show is back at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. The free air show is Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
The Thunderbirds, the air demonstration squadron of the U.S. Air Force, are headlining the air show this year. Crowds will also get to watch the U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team, the C-21A, the B2-A Spirit, the KC-135R Stratotanker and seven more performance aircraft in flight. Specific air show flying times are still to be determined. Several more aircraft will be on display on the ground. Guests are invited to tour several of the aircraft and can even get autographs from the pilots and other flight personnel.
For detailed information about the air show including information on the aircraft and flying schedules, visit the air show website.
Scott Air Force Base is located near Shiloh, Ill. From I-64 take exit 19 towards Shiloh and follow the signs to enter the base through the Shiloh Gate. From Illinois Route 161, the base is located between Belleville and Mascoutah, where you can enter through the Belleville Gate. The air show attracts a large crowd -- 180,000 in 2010 -- so allow plenty of time to find parking and consider using the MetroLink train and shuttle bus (details here).