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North Texas' first drive-in air show takes flight in Fort Worth for 2020

North Texas' first drive-in air show takes flight in Fort Worth

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The Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show, scheduled for October 17 and 18, will be a drive-in experience for 2020. Photo courtesy of USAF Thunderbirds

The annual Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show is locking in on this year's hottest entertainment trend — the drive-in experience — for its 2020 edition. Scheduled for October 17 and 18 at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, the 30th-anniversary event will be North Texas’ first drive-in air show.

According to an August 24 release, each vehicle at the show will be spread apart, leaving one space for the vehicle and the adjoining space for guests to set up chairs and blankets. The current plan is to offer around 2,000 parking tickets each day that will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis in mid-September at There will be no parking tickets sold onsite.

“The circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic provided the unique opportunity to be innovative in how to move forward with hosting the air show for the North Texas community,” said Christina Carey, director of special projects for Alliance Air Productions, in a statement. “Our newly reformatted event will be a memorable, fun and socially distanced drive-in experience as we celebrate 30 years of soaring excellence.”

This year's show will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, an A-10 demo, the F-35C U.S. Navy Air Show Team, the All Veteran Parachute Team, and the Bell 407 Helicopter. However, the drive-in experience will not include static displays, exhibitors, kids’ inflatables, paid seating areas, or chalets.

All guests will be required to wear masks for the entire event. Anyone who has had COVID-19 symptoms or had close contact with someone who has them within 14 days of the air show is asked remain at home. There will be ample restrooms and hand washing stations onsite. In addition, open flames, grills, pop-up tents, RVs, trailers and smoking will not be allowed.

“Alliance Air Productions will continue to monitor updates relevant to our area, as they are made available,” said Carey. “Should local, state, federal, military, or FAA entities determine that we cannot host a 2020 air show due to matters that are COVID-19 related, advance ticket purchases will be refunded.”

The Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show is one of the largest and longest-running civilian air shows in the nation. It placed first among “Best Air Shows” in the 2020 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.