The Gowen Thunder Air Show is this weekend! Here are some important things you need to know before you go!

It's going to be a huge event, and there will be a LOT of people going. If you are planning on attending you need to know there are some important instructions and restrictions. The Boise PD  and the Idaho National Guard have put together a very comprehensive press release for that purpose. Read on young Jedi and aeronautical fan!


The Idaho National Guard is proud to present Gowen Field’s first open house and airshow in more than 20 years: GOWEN THUNDER 2017, Oct. 14-15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

The event is open to the public and general admission is free. VIP tickets are available for purchase by visiting

This open house and airshow will highlight our Soldiers and Airmen as well as their equipment and capabilities used when carrying out both state and federal missions of the Idaho National Guard.  During this event, there will be many impressive military and civilian performers and static displays as well as a combined arms demonstration along with a variety of local food and merchandise vendors.

The world famous United States Air Force Thunderbirds and their Canadian counterpart, the Royal Canadian Snowbirds will perform precision aerial maneuvers both Saturday and Sunday.

This event is estimated to draw tens of thousands of spectators from the area.  If you are planning to attend, please pay close attention to event parking and entrance instructions.

Gowen Field is a secured military installation.  As a general rule: If you can’t bring it on a flight, don’t bring it on a military installation! This includes:

  • DRONES (prohibited on or near the installation)
  • PETS (Service animals specifically trained and certified to aid disabled persons are welcome)

We ask you to please leave these items at home.

Please feel free to bring:

  • Folding chairs
  • Hand-held Cameras
  • Binoculars
  • Sunscreen
  • Ear protection
  • Walking shoes
  • Empty water containers are permitted

Due to the anticipated large volume of spectators entering the military installation, the general public will not be permitted to bring vehicles,* to include motorcycles and bicycles, nor will any foot traffic be permitted to enter Gowen Field.

Instead, several parking lots throughout the local area will provide free shuttle service to facilitate entrance to Gowen Field.  The following is a list of lots with free shuttle service:

West Ada School Dist.

1303 E Central Dr, Meridian, ID 83642

Scentsy, Inc.

2701 E Pine Ave, Meridian, ID 83642

Blue Cross of Idaho

3000 E Pine Ave, Meridian, ID 83642


8000 S Federal Way, Boise, ID 83716

Boise Airport Economy Lot

Corner of Victory Rd and S Curtis Rd

Warthog Parking Lot

(See driving instructions  on map)

BlackHawk Parking Lot

(See driving instructions on map)

Lights Lot

(See driving Instructions on map)

*Disabled visitors with a valid vehicle tag may utilize parking on Gowen Field.  Military ID and State ID card holders, unless in direct support of the open house and airshow are advised to park offsite.

For the latest up-to-date GOWEN THUNDER 2017 activities and schedule, please visit the GOWEN THUNDER 2017 website at or download the GOWEN THUNDER 2017 app to your smartphone.

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