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Chennault International Airshow - 2023
Contact The Event
Chennault International Airshow - 2023
Contact The Event
DATE AND TIME
May 19 - 21, 2023

Gates Open:

FRIDAY: 5:00PM
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: 10:00AM
LOCATION
Chennault International Airport
Sen. J Bennett Johnston Ave
Lake Charles, LA 70615
OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Event Description


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MAY 19-21, 2023

CHENNAULT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT



AIRSHOW FAQs


Bring the whole family as fantastic flying machines fill the wild blue yonder with eye-popping, jaw-dropping aerial artistry!

Now in its 10th year, the Chennault International Airshow follows the "tailgate airshow" model, with vehicles parking in rows at the flight line and along the adjacent tailgate viewing area. Your ticket buys the space where you park your vehicle and watch the airshow. Plus, we've restored the popular Friday-night Twilight Show and the static displays of amazing aircraft ... and added a fly-in area for private aviators who want to fly in for the day. 

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ONE TAILGATE PASS PER VEHICLE. LIMITED TAILGATE SPACES AVAILABLE. NO TICKETS SALES AT THE GATE. NO OVERNIGHT PARKING. PLEASE TAKE YOUR TRASH WITH YOU WHEN LEAVING THE AIRSHOW.



The world-class 2023 Chennault International Airshow will feature the

U.S. AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRDS

 

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The Chennault International Airshow is the region’s favorite event for day-long family fun and thrills! Come tailgate by the carload as we celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2023 with the fabulous U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds jet demonstration team as the headliner.

HELPFUL AIRSHOW TIPS

  • One ticket per vehicle. You can have as many people as the number of seat belts in your vehicle. This is for safety reasons as well as your group's viewing enjoyment.
  • Food and drink vendors will be set up throughout the grounds. You may bring prepared foods and drinks, but no cooking or heating of food is allowed. No glass bottles containers are allowed.

OTHER 2023 AIRSHOW ATTRACTIONS

  • The U.S. Army Golden Knights jump team. Smoke and thrills, coming down!
  • The AeroShell aerobatics team, an Airshow favorite.
  • Randy Ball and his speedy, low-flying vintage Soviet MiG jet.
  • Kevin Coleman, a second-generation aerobatic pilot. 
  • The Hot Streak Jet Truck, a ’57 Chevy truck powered by two jet engines.
  • RJ Gritter and his high-wing aerobatics.
  • Vampire Airshows' vintage jet fighter.
  • GhostWriter Airshows' screaming, smoking performance.
  • Go EZ Aerobatics' distinctive high-flying show.
  • A Friday night Twilight Show, featuring selected performers from the full weekend show.
  • Food trucks, beverage sales and souvenir stands. 

Frequently Asked Questions

THE BIG PICTURE

Chennault International Airshow follows the “tailgate airshow” model, with each vehicle parking in its own block. Your ticket buys a zoned individual space where you park your vehicle. You watch the airshow from this space (but you are free to walk around for concessions, souvenirs, restrooms and static displays).

PLEASE NOTE: NO REFUNDS. ONE PASS PER VEHICLE. LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE — THE AIRSHOW CAN AND DOES SELL OUT. NO OVERSIZED VEHICLES. NO OVERNIGHT PARKING. PLEASE TAKE YOUR TRASH WITH YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Q. Are the Airshow performances the same on both days?

A. The performers and time slots are the same on Saturday, May, 20, and Sunday, May 21. The twilight show on Friday, May 19, is different — it is shorter; has selected performers; and individual performances are often different to take advantage of the darkness. Please note, however, that scheduled events, performers, teams and activities are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Weather, mechanical conditions and medical issues are all factors that may force a team and/or performer to adjust and/or cancel their performance. Performer cancellation does not qualify for a ticket refund.

Q. Can I bring my own food and drinks?

A. Sure! Bring what you'd like, with these limits. First, there's no cooking or heating of food allowed, so only bring already-prepared and read-to-eat food. Second, no glass containers are allowed. Third, all local laws regarding consumption of alcohol will be in effect — and will be enforced. (And remember: there will also be food and beverage vendors.)

Q. What does a Zone A ticket offer?

A. You get a tailgate slot within the area closest to all the aviation action — the "show line." This area is the first rows of the airfield. Even if you arrive late, you're guaranteed a spot there.

Q. Can I buy a ticket the day of the show?

A. No. The deadline to buy a ticket for the Saturday show is Friday, May 19 (unless the show is already sold out). The deadline to buy a ticket for the Sunday show is Saturday, May 20 (unless it's sold out).

Q. Do I need to buy a ticket for everyone in the vehicle?

A. No. You buy one ticket per vehicle, good for one day's admission. That ticket admits everyone in the vehicle.

Q. How many people can be in my vehicle?

A. You can have as many people as the number of seat belts in your vehicle. This is for safety reasons as well as for your group's viewing enjoyment.

Q. What is my vehicle is oversized?

A. For RVs and other oversized vehicles — those larger than standard cars, pickups, or SUVs — you buy a ticket for the RV Zone. You will have a 25’ x 25’ tailgate area adjacent to where you are parked.


SETTING UP YOUR TAILGATE

Q.  What can and can't I bring?

A. Here's the rundown:

You are welcome to bring:

  • Tables and chairs
  • Golf umbrellas up to 60 inches across
  • Coolers, including food and beverages
  • Service animals

Prohibited items include, but not limited to:

  • Generators
  • Glass containers
  • Tents
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Grills
  • Animals, except for service animals
  • Motorcycles
  • Golf carts, ATVs, bicycles, skates, skateboards, roller blades
  • Drones
  • Kites
  • Narcotics
  • Guns or any other weapons

Please note that vehicles are subject to search by law enforcement while at the airshow.

Q. Are pets allowed?

A. Pets are not allowed, but service animals are welcome with their hosts.

Q. When should I arrive?

A. Airport gates will open at 5 p.m. Friday, May 19, for the Twilight Show. Gates will open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21 (with lineup at the gates beginning at 9:45 a.m.). The flying on the weekend shows will start around noon.

Q. How will I be checked in?

A. Your ticket will be scanned. Have it ready as you arrive at Chennault — either a printout or with the ticket image ready on your phone. Parking staff will guide you to the next available parking spot.

Q. Can I pick my own spot?

A. No. Unfortunately, with hundreds or cars, that's not practical. It would create severe traffic issues. We cannot reserve a specific parking space. You are guaranteed a spot in your tailgate zone, though — even if you're late.

Q. Will there be restrooms?

A. Sanitized portable toilets - and wash stations - will be located throughout the tailgate areas. Accessible unites will also be provided. All units will be sanitized regularly each day.

Q. Do I have to stay in my private viewing area the whole time?

A. Feel free to visit the static displays, food trucks, souvenir stands and restrooms. However, please watch the airshow from your own tailgate area.

Q. Are masks required?

A. No, unless compulsory government protocols change otherwise.

Q. Can I keep my engine running?

A. Please keep your engine use to a minimum. Also, headlights and parking lights must be off all times for the safety of the performers. If you have car trouble, please notify a roving security officer or parking attendant.

Q. Can I smoke in my private viewing area?

A. No. Not even in your vehicle. There is no smoking allowed anywhere at Chennault.

Q. Can I play music?

A. No loud music, please. Don't disturb people nearby who want to enjoy the show. We will be playing music throughout the day.

Q. How will I be able to listen to the airshow?

A. There are two ways: Loudspeakers are positioned throughout the venue. The airshow will also have its own temporary radio signal that you can hear in your car or an a radio.

Q. Should I wear earplugs? Should my kids?

A. Earplugs are strongly recommended — especially for children.

Q. Will we be able to buy souvenirs?

A. Yes. There will be vendors selling souvenirs of all kinds — and earplugs!


OTHER KEY INFORMATION

Q. Where can I find the schedule of events?

A. Visit chennaultairshow.com or the Chennault International Airshow page on Facebook.

Q. What if I have to leave before the Airshow ends?

A. Notify a parking attendant or roving security officer before moving your vehicle. Please note that there is no re-admittance when you leave.

Q. Is general aviation fly-in available for pilots?

A. Yes, in the designated "Fly-In Guests" section, ticketed separately.

Q. May I cancel or receive a refund for my tickets?

A. No. Should any local, state, federal, military, or FAA entities determine we cannot host the airshow due to matters beyond our control — such as weather, COVID or other acts of God — your ticket will be honored at the next show.

Q. Will the airshow performances take place if it rains?

A. Should it rain, performance times may change or the performers may modify their ceiling levels to work around weather. In the case of severe weather — especially lightning — you'll be notified by radio and loudspeakers to remain inside your vehicle until the show is cleared to re-start.

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FRIDAY - Twilight Show (Ramp Parking Only)
50.00
50.00
5.00
0.00
Valid Friday, May 19, only. Ticket admits everyone in vehicle. You watch the show from your own tailgate spot. Ramp parking as directed — first come, first served. Gates open at 5 p.m., with flying starting at dusk.

SATURDAY - Zone A
150.00
150.00
15.00
0.00
Valid Saturday, May 20, only. Ticket admits everyone in vehicle. You watch the show from your own tailgate spot. Ramp parking as directed — first come, first served. Gates open at 10 a.m., with flying starting around noon.

SATURDAY - Zone B
100.00
100.00
10.00
0.00
Valid Saturday, May 20, only. Ticket admits everyone in vehicle. You watch the show from your own tailgate spot. Ramp parking as directed — first come, first served. Gates open at 10 a.m., with flying starting around noon.

SATURDAY - Zone C
50.00
50.00
5.00
0.00
Valid Saturday, May 20, only. Ticket admits everyone in vehicle. You watch the show from your own tailgate spot. Ramp parking as directed — first come, first served. Gates open at 10 a.m., with flying starting around noon.

RV - SATURDAY
100.00
100.00
10.00
0.00
Valid Saturday, May 20, only. Ticket admits everyone in vehicle. You watch the show from your own tailgate spot. Ramp parking as directed — first come, first served. Gates open at 10 a.m., with flying starting around noon.

Fly-In - SATURDAY
75.00
75.00
7.50
0.00
Valid Saturday, May 20, only. Concrete and grass taxiing. Grass parking. Ticket admits everyone in aircraft. Must be in place before the airshow performances begin at noon. No exit until end of performances.

SUNDAY - Zone A
150.00
150.00
15.00
0.00
Valid Sunday, May 21, only. Ticket admits everyone in vehicle. You watch the show from your own tailgate spot. Ramp parking as directed — first come, first served. Gates open at 10 a.m., with flying starting around noon.

SUNDAY - Zone B
100.00
100.00
10.00
0.00
Valid Sunday, May 21, only. Ticket admits everyone in vehicle. You watch the show from your own tailgate spot. Ramp parking as directed — first come, first served. Gates open at 10 a.m., with flying starting around noon.

SUNDAY - Zone C
50.00
50.00
5.00
0.00
Valid Sunday, May 21, only. Ticket admits everyone in vehicle. You watch the show from your own tailgate spot. Ramp parking as directed — first come, first served. Gates open at 10 a.m., with flying starting around noon.

RV - SUNDAY
100.00
100.00
10.00
0.00
Valid Sunday, May 21, only. Ticket admits everyone in vehicle. You watch the show from your own tailgate spot. Ramp parking as directed — first come, first served. Gates open at 10 a.m., with flying starting around noon.

Fly-In - SUNDAY
75.00
75.00
7.50
0.00
Valid Sunday, May 21, only. Concrete and grass taxiing. Grass parking. Ticket admits everyone in aircraft. Must be in place before the airshow performances begin at noon. No exit until end of performances.

Chennault International Airshow - 2023 Terms and Conditions of the Ticket(s)

FRIDAY - Twilight Show (Ramp Parking Only):

All Sales Are Final. This ticket is a revocable license and admission may be refused upon refunding the purchase price appearing hereon. The resale or attempted resale at a price higher than that appearing hereon is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. Holder of this ticket voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which this ticket is issued whether occurring before, during, or after same, and agrees that the organization, agents, and participants are not responsible or liable for any injuries resulting from any causes. Holder agrees by use of this ticket not to transmit or aid in transmitting any description, account, picture, or reproduction of the event for which this ticket is issued. Breach of the foregoing will automatically terminate this license. Holder grants permission to the organization sponsoring the event for which this ticket is issued to utilize the holder's image or likeness in connection with any video or other transmission or reproduction of the event for which this ticket relates.

No refunds. Acts are subject to change or cancellation. The show is rain or shine, but may be canceled due to acts of God, inclement weather, catastrophe or accidents, government order or restrictions, COVID-19 or other viral restrictions. Attend at your own risk.

SATURDAY - Zone A:

All Sales Are Final. This ticket is a revocable license and admission may be refused upon refunding the purchase price appearing hereon. The resale or attempted resale at a price higher than that appearing hereon is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. Holder of this ticket voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which this ticket is issued whether occurring before, during, or after same, and agrees that the organization, agents, and participants are not responsible or liable for any injuries resulting from any causes. Holder agrees by use of this ticket not to transmit or aid in transmitting any description, account, picture, or reproduction of the event for which this ticket is issued. Breach of the foregoing will automatically terminate this license. Holder grants permission to the organization sponsoring the event for which this ticket is issued to utilize the holder's image or likeness in connection with any video or other transmission or reproduction of the event for which this ticket relates.

No refunds. Acts are subject to change or cancellation. The show is rain or shine, but may be canceled due to acts of God, inclement weather, catastrophe or accidents, government order or restrictions, COVID-19 or other viral restrictions. Attend at your own risk.

SATURDAY - Zone B:

All Sales Are Final. This ticket is a revocable license and admission may be refused upon refunding the purchase price appearing hereon. The resale or attempted resale at a price higher than that appearing hereon is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. Holder of this ticket voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which this ticket is issued whether occurring before, during, or after same, and agrees that the organization, agents, and participants are not responsible or liable for any injuries resulting from any causes. Holder agrees by use of this ticket not to transmit or aid in transmitting any description, account, picture, or reproduction of the event for which this ticket is issued. Breach of the foregoing will automatically terminate this license. Holder grants permission to the organization sponsoring the event for which this ticket is issued to utilize the holder's image or likeness in connection with any video or other transmission or reproduction of the event for which this ticket relates.

No refunds. Acts are subject to change or cancellation. The show is rain or shine, but may be canceled due to acts of God, inclement weather, catastrophe or accidents, government order or restrictions, COVID-19 or other viral restrictions. Attend at your own risk.

SATURDAY - Zone C:

All Sales Are Final. This ticket is a revocable license and admission may be refused upon refunding the purchase price appearing hereon. The resale or attempted resale at a price higher than that appearing hereon is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. Holder of this ticket voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which this ticket is issued whether occurring before, during, or after same, and agrees that the organization, agents, and participants are not responsible or liable for any injuries resulting from any causes. Holder agrees by use of this ticket not to transmit or aid in transmitting any description, account, picture, or reproduction of the event for which this ticket is issued. Breach of the foregoing will automatically terminate this license. Holder grants permission to the organization sponsoring the event for which this ticket is issued to utilize the holder's image or likeness in connection with any video or other transmission or reproduction of the event for which this ticket relates.

No refunds. Acts are subject to change or cancellation. The show is rain or shine, but may be canceled due to acts of God, inclement weather, catastrophe or accidents, government order or restrictions, COVID-19 or other viral restrictions. Attend at your own risk.

RV - SATURDAY:

All Sales Are Final. This ticket is a revocable license and admission may be refused upon refunding the purchase price appearing hereon. The resale or attempted resale at a price higher than that appearing hereon is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. Holder of this ticket voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which this ticket is issued whether occurring before, during, or after same, and agrees that the organization, agents, and participants are not responsible or liable for any injuries resulting from any causes. Holder agrees by use of this ticket not to transmit or aid in transmitting any description, account, picture, or reproduction of the event for which this ticket is issued. Breach of the foregoing will automatically terminate this license. Holder grants permission to the organization sponsoring the event for which this ticket is issued to utilize the holder's image or likeness in connection with any video or other transmission or reproduction of the event for which this ticket relates.

No refunds. Acts are subject to change or cancellation. The show is rain or shine, but may be canceled due to acts of God, inclement weather, catastrophe or accidents, government order or restrictions, COVID-19 or other viral restrictions. Attend at your own risk.

Fly-In - SATURDAY:

All Sales Are Final. This ticket is a revocable license and admission may be refused upon refunding the purchase price appearing hereon. The resale or attempted resale at a price higher than that appearing hereon is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. Holder of this ticket voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which this ticket is issued whether occurring before, during, or after same, and agrees that the organization, agents, and participants are not responsible or liable for any injuries resulting from any causes. Holder agrees by use of this ticket not to transmit or aid in transmitting any description, account, picture, or reproduction of the event for which this ticket is issued. Breach of the foregoing will automatically terminate this license. Holder grants permission to the organization sponsoring the event for which this ticket is issued to utilize the holder's image or likeness in connection with any video or other transmission or reproduction of the event for which this ticket relates.

No refunds. Acts are subject to change or cancellation. The show is rain or shine, but may be canceled due to acts of God, inclement weather, catastrophe or accidents, government order or restrictions, COVID-19 or other viral restrictions. Attend at your own risk.

SUNDAY - Zone A:

All Sales Are Final. This ticket is a revocable license and admission may be refused upon refunding the purchase price appearing hereon. The resale or attempted resale at a price higher than that appearing hereon is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. Holder of this ticket voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which this ticket is issued whether occurring before, during, or after same, and agrees that the organization, agents, and participants are not responsible or liable for any injuries resulting from any causes. Holder agrees by use of this ticket not to transmit or aid in transmitting any description, account, picture, or reproduction of the event for which this ticket is issued. Breach of the foregoing will automatically terminate this license. Holder grants permission to the organization sponsoring the event for which this ticket is issued to utilize the holder's image or likeness in connection with any video or other transmission or reproduction of the event for which this ticket relates.

No refunds. Acts are subject to change or cancellation. The show is rain or shine, but may be canceled due to acts of God, inclement weather, catastrophe or accidents, government order or restrictions, COVID-19 or other viral restrictions. Attend at your own risk.

SUNDAY - Zone B:

All Sales Are Final. This ticket is a revocable license and admission may be refused upon refunding the purchase price appearing hereon. The resale or attempted resale at a price higher than that appearing hereon is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. Holder of this ticket voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which this ticket is issued whether occurring before, during, or after same, and agrees that the organization, agents, and participants are not responsible or liable for any injuries resulting from any causes. Holder agrees by use of this ticket not to transmit or aid in transmitting any description, account, picture, or reproduction of the event for which this ticket is issued. Breach of the foregoing will automatically terminate this license. Holder grants permission to the organization sponsoring the event for which this ticket is issued to utilize the holder's image or likeness in connection with any video or other transmission or reproduction of the event for which this ticket relates.

No refunds. Acts are subject to change or cancellation. The show is rain or shine, but may be canceled due to acts of God, inclement weather, catastrophe or accidents, government order or restrictions, COVID-19 or other viral restrictions. Attend at your own risk.

SUNDAY - Zone C:

All Sales Are Final. This ticket is a revocable license and admission may be refused upon refunding the purchase price appearing hereon. The resale or attempted resale at a price higher than that appearing hereon is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. Holder of this ticket voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which this ticket is issued whether occurring before, during, or after same, and agrees that the organization, agents, and participants are not responsible or liable for any injuries resulting from any causes. Holder agrees by use of this ticket not to transmit or aid in transmitting any description, account, picture, or reproduction of the event for which this ticket is issued. Breach of the foregoing will automatically terminate this license. Holder grants permission to the organization sponsoring the event for which this ticket is issued to utilize the holder's image or likeness in connection with any video or other transmission or reproduction of the event for which this ticket relates.

No refunds. Acts are subject to change or cancellation. The show is rain or shine, but may be canceled due to acts of God, inclement weather, catastrophe or accidents, government order or restrictions, COVID-19 or other viral restrictions. Attend at your own risk.

RV - SUNDAY:

All Sales Are Final. This ticket is a revocable license and admission may be refused upon refunding the purchase price appearing hereon. The resale or attempted resale at a price higher than that appearing hereon is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. Holder of this ticket voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which this ticket is issued whether occurring before, during, or after same, and agrees that the organization, agents, and participants are not responsible or liable for any injuries resulting from any causes. Holder agrees by use of this ticket not to transmit or aid in transmitting any description, account, picture, or reproduction of the event for which this ticket is issued. Breach of the foregoing will automatically terminate this license. Holder grants permission to the organization sponsoring the event for which this ticket is issued to utilize the holder's image or likeness in connection with any video or other transmission or reproduction of the event for which this ticket relates.

No refunds. Acts are subject to change or cancellation. The show is rain or shine, but may be canceled due to acts of God, inclement weather, catastrophe or accidents, government order or restrictions, COVID-19 or other viral restrictions. Attend at your own risk.

Fly-In - SUNDAY:

All Sales Are Final. This ticket is a revocable license and admission may be refused upon refunding the purchase price appearing hereon. The resale or attempted resale at a price higher than that appearing hereon is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. Holder of this ticket voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which this ticket is issued whether occurring before, during, or after same, and agrees that the organization, agents, and participants are not responsible or liable for any injuries resulting from any causes. Holder agrees by use of this ticket not to transmit or aid in transmitting any description, account, picture, or reproduction of the event for which this ticket is issued. Breach of the foregoing will automatically terminate this license. Holder grants permission to the organization sponsoring the event for which this ticket is issued to utilize the holder's image or likeness in connection with any video or other transmission or reproduction of the event for which this ticket relates.

No refunds. Acts are subject to change or cancellation. The show is rain or shine, but may be canceled due to acts of God, inclement weather, catastrophe or accidents, government order or restrictions, COVID-19 or other viral restrictions. Attend at your own risk.

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ChennaultAirshow10-YearlogoupdatedKIAallblack.jpg

MAY 19-21, 2023

CHENNAULT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT



AIRSHOW FAQs


Bring the whole family as fantastic flying machines fill the wild blue yonder with eye-popping, jaw-dropping aerial artistry!

Now in its 10th year, the Chennault International Airshow follows the "tailgate airshow" model, with vehicles parking in rows at the flight line and along the adjacent tailgate viewing area. Your ticket buys the space where you park your vehicle and watch the airshow. Plus, we've restored the popular Friday-night Twilight Show and the static displays of amazing aircraft ... and added a fly-in area for private aviators who want to fly in for the day. 

ARSWRevisedParkingMap.jpg



ONE TAILGATE PASS PER VEHICLE. LIMITED TAILGATE SPACES AVAILABLE. NO TICKETS SALES AT THE GATE. NO OVERNIGHT PARKING. PLEASE TAKE YOUR TRASH WITH YOU WHEN LEAVING THE AIRSHOW.



The world-class 2023 Chennault International Airshow will feature the

U.S. AIR FORCE THUNDERBIRDS

 

ARSWThunderbirds.png


The Chennault International Airshow is the region’s favorite event for day-long family fun and thrills! Come tailgate by the carload as we celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2023 with the fabulous U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds jet demonstration team as the headliner.

HELPFUL AIRSHOW TIPS

  • One ticket per vehicle. You can have as many people as the number of seat belts in your vehicle. This is for safety reasons as well as your group's viewing enjoyment.
  • Food and drink vendors will be set up throughout the grounds. You may bring prepared foods and drinks, but no cooking or heating of food is allowed. No glass bottles containers are allowed.

OTHER 2023 AIRSHOW ATTRACTIONS

  • The U.S. Army Golden Knights jump team. Smoke and thrills, coming down!
  • The AeroShell aerobatics team, an Airshow favorite.
  • Randy Ball and his speedy, low-flying vintage Soviet MiG jet.
  • Kevin Coleman, a second-generation aerobatic pilot. 
  • The Hot Streak Jet Truck, a ’57 Chevy truck powered by two jet engines.
  • RJ Gritter and his high-wing aerobatics.
  • Vampire Airshows' vintage jet fighter.
  • GhostWriter Airshows' screaming, smoking performance.
  • Go EZ Aerobatics' distinctive high-flying show.
  • A Friday night Twilight Show, featuring selected performers from the full weekend show.
  • Food trucks, beverage sales and souvenir stands. 


THE BIG PICTURE

Chennault International Airshow follows the “tailgate airshow” model, with each vehicle parking in its own block. Your ticket buys a zoned individual space where you park your vehicle. You watch the airshow from this space (but you are free to walk around for concessions, souvenirs, restrooms and static displays).

PLEASE NOTE: NO REFUNDS. ONE PASS PER VEHICLE. LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE — THE AIRSHOW CAN AND DOES SELL OUT. NO OVERSIZED VEHICLES. NO OVERNIGHT PARKING. PLEASE TAKE YOUR TRASH WITH YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Q. Are the Airshow performances the same on both days?

A. The performers and time slots are the same on Saturday, May, 20, and Sunday, May 21. The twilight show on Friday, May 19, is different — it is shorter; has selected performers; and individual performances are often different to take advantage of the darkness. Please note, however, that scheduled events, performers, teams and activities are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Weather, mechanical conditions and medical issues are all factors that may force a team and/or performer to adjust and/or cancel their performance. Performer cancellation does not qualify for a ticket refund.

Q. Can I bring my own food and drinks?

A. Sure! Bring what you'd like, with these limits. First, there's no cooking or heating of food allowed, so only bring already-prepared and read-to-eat food. Second, no glass containers are allowed. Third, all local laws regarding consumption of alcohol will be in effect — and will be enforced. (And remember: there will also be food and beverage vendors.)

Q. What does a Zone A ticket offer?

A. You get a tailgate slot within the area closest to all the aviation action — the "show line." This area is the first rows of the airfield. Even if you arrive late, you're guaranteed a spot there.

Q. Can I buy a ticket the day of the show?

A. No. The deadline to buy a ticket for the Saturday show is Friday, May 19 (unless the show is already sold out). The deadline to buy a ticket for the Sunday show is Saturday, May 20 (unless it's sold out).

Q. Do I need to buy a ticket for everyone in the vehicle?

A. No. You buy one ticket per vehicle, good for one day's admission. That ticket admits everyone in the vehicle.

Q. How many people can be in my vehicle?

A. You can have as many people as the number of seat belts in your vehicle. This is for safety reasons as well as for your group's viewing enjoyment.

Q. What is my vehicle is oversized?

A. For RVs and other oversized vehicles — those larger than standard cars, pickups, or SUVs — you buy a ticket for the RV Zone. You will have a 25’ x 25’ tailgate area adjacent to where you are parked.


SETTING UP YOUR TAILGATE

Q.  What can and can't I bring?

A. Here's the rundown:

You are welcome to bring:

  • Tables and chairs
  • Golf umbrellas up to 60 inches across
  • Coolers, including food and beverages
  • Service animals

Prohibited items include, but not limited to:

  • Generators
  • Glass containers
  • Tents
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Grills
  • Animals, except for service animals
  • Motorcycles
  • Golf carts, ATVs, bicycles, skates, skateboards, roller blades
  • Drones
  • Kites
  • Narcotics
  • Guns or any other weapons

Please note that vehicles are subject to search by law enforcement while at the airshow.

Q. Are pets allowed?

A. Pets are not allowed, but service animals are welcome with their hosts.

Q. When should I arrive?

A. Airport gates will open at 5 p.m. Friday, May 19, for the Twilight Show. Gates will open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21 (with lineup at the gates beginning at 9:45 a.m.). The flying on the weekend shows will start around noon.

Q. How will I be checked in?

A. Your ticket will be scanned. Have it ready as you arrive at Chennault — either a printout or with the ticket image ready on your phone. Parking staff will guide you to the next available parking spot.

Q. Can I pick my own spot?

A. No. Unfortunately, with hundreds or cars, that's not practical. It would create severe traffic issues. We cannot reserve a specific parking space. You are guaranteed a spot in your tailgate zone, though — even if you're late.

Q. Will there be restrooms?

A. Sanitized portable toilets - and wash stations - will be located throughout the tailgate areas. Accessible unites will also be provided. All units will be sanitized regularly each day.

Q. Do I have to stay in my private viewing area the whole time?

A. Feel free to visit the static displays, food trucks, souvenir stands and restrooms. However, please watch the airshow from your own tailgate area.

Q. Are masks required?

A. No, unless compulsory government protocols change otherwise.

Q. Can I keep my engine running?

A. Please keep your engine use to a minimum. Also, headlights and parking lights must be off all times for the safety of the performers. If you have car trouble, please notify a roving security officer or parking attendant.

Q. Can I smoke in my private viewing area?

A. No. Not even in your vehicle. There is no smoking allowed anywhere at Chennault.

Q. Can I play music?

A. No loud music, please. Don't disturb people nearby who want to enjoy the show. We will be playing music throughout the day.

Q. How will I be able to listen to the airshow?

A. There are two ways: Loudspeakers are positioned throughout the venue. The airshow will also have its own temporary radio signal that you can hear in your car or an a radio.

Q. Should I wear earplugs? Should my kids?

A. Earplugs are strongly recommended — especially for children.

Q. Will we be able to buy souvenirs?

A. Yes. There will be vendors selling souvenirs of all kinds — and earplugs!


OTHER KEY INFORMATION

Q. Where can I find the schedule of events?

A. Visit chennaultairshow.com or the Chennault International Airshow page on Facebook.

Q. What if I have to leave before the Airshow ends?

A. Notify a parking attendant or roving security officer before moving your vehicle. Please note that there is no re-admittance when you leave.

Q. Is general aviation fly-in available for pilots?

A. Yes, in the designated "Fly-In Guests" section, ticketed separately.

Q. May I cancel or receive a refund for my tickets?

A. No. Should any local, state, federal, military, or FAA entities determine we cannot host the airshow due to matters beyond our control — such as weather, COVID or other acts of God — your ticket will be honored at the next show.

Q. Will the airshow performances take place if it rains?

A. Should it rain, performance times may change or the performers may modify their ceiling levels to work around weather. In the case of severe weather — especially lightning — you'll be notified by radio and loudspeakers to remain inside your vehicle until the show is cleared to re-start.





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    DATE AND TIME
    May 19 - 21, 2023

    Gates Open:

    FRIDAY: 5:00PM
    SATURDAY & SUNDAY: 10:00AM
    LOCATION
    Chennault International Airport
    Sen. J Bennett Johnston Ave
    Lake Charles, LA 70615
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