How to have a safe "Fiesta of Flight"

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  • By Staff Sgt. Benjamin N. Valmoja
  • 47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Laughlin’s “Fiesta of Flight Air and Space Expo” is right around the corner, slated for March 14, 2020. Performers like the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Red Bull Air Force, Wings of Blue Jump Team, and many more, are scheduled to make their way down to Del Rio for a day to remember.

With a day packed full of excitement, there are a few safety measures Laughlin asks those in attendance to keep in mind to help keep everyone safe.

Laughlin Wing Safety advises guests to wear light-weight, light-colored clothing to stay cool and comfortable shoes. Avoid wearing footwear such as sandals or office shoes. Instead, tennis shoes, running shoes or cross training shoes are a better option. The flightline doesn’t have much shade to offer, so a pair of sunglasses and a hat can go a long way in keeping Fiesta-goers comfortable, too.

With so much people in attendance, it is important for guests to be mindful of litter and “FOD,” which stands for foreign object damage. On the flight line, items that seem harmless like bottle caps, food wrappers, ice cream sticks and even loose change can get sucked into jet engines, potentially causing catastrophic damage to aircraft.

Guests will have a chance to interact with aircraft and the crews assigned to them, so it is imperative for attendees to comply with safety guidelines in and around the displays.

There is also a permitted and prohibited items list that guests must comply with to gain entry to the airshow:

  • Weapons (regardless of permit) including firearms, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), replica or toy weapons, pepper spray or stun guns.
  • Ammunition or any form of explosives (ie. Fireworks)
  • Alcoholic beverages. (Alcohol will be available for sale within the show but they may not depart with it, and no alcohol may be brought back in)
  • Ice chests or coolers
  • Pets other than service animals
  • Illegal drugs and/or paraphernalia to include marijuana and medical marijuana
  • Flammable liquids
  • Glass Containers
  • Bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, Heelys, scooters, skateboards, or Segway style human transporters
  • Backpacks (diaper bags allowed after inspection)
  • Laser Pointers
  • Tents, portable or temporary awnings, cabanas
  • Outside food or beverages except water in manufacturers sealed containers (bottles as purchased from a store NOT refillable non-disposable containers)
  • Items not listed are subject to denial at the discretion of security personnel

With all these rules, Laughlin’s safety representatives want to remind folks one of the most important things for attendees to do is to have fun.

For more information, contact the 47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs office at 830-298-5262, or send an email to