2017 Dover AFB Open House: Thunder Over Dover

Thunder Over Dover: 2017 Dover AFB Open House

Event Date: Multiple dates, check below

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will return to the Dover skies August 26-27, 2017, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. for the Thunder Over Dover: 2017 Dover AFB Open House. This event is open to the public with free admission!

Help celebrate our heritage at this open house as Dover AFB will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary, the U.S. Air Force’s 70th Anniversary, and the City of Dover’s 300th Anniversary!

Please visit the official Dover AFB Open House page for the latest information. Demonstrations and acts are subject to change.

Aerial Demonstrations

Static Displays


This information will be updated as it becomes available.

What to Bring

  • Hearing protection
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water bottle/canteen (free water available)
  • Binoculars
  • Handheld camera or camcorder
  • Camera bags no larger than 12″x12″
  • Strollers
  • Folding chairs or stools

Prohibited Items

All visitors are subject to search by Security Forces at any time on the installation and will NOT be allowed to pass through security with any of the following items:

  • Weapons of any kind, including pocket knives, pocket tools, scissors, box cutters, billy clubs, large-heavy chain-link, jewelry or belts, mace and pepper spray
  • Firearms of any type
  • Toys that resemble firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Spray paint and silly string
  • Glass containers of any kind
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs
  • Bicycles
  • Skateboards, heelies, roller skates or roller blades
  • Coolers
  • Large umbrellas/portable tents
  • Backpacks, ruck sacks
  • Pets (Service animals allowed)

Additional Information

Please understand that this is a Dover Air Force Base event and that the AMC Museum cannot answer questions you may have regarding the Open House. If you do have a question, you may contact Dawne Nickerson-Banez, Community Relations at the Base Public Affair office, at 677-6575.

Check out the base’s Thunder Over Dover page for any additional information regarding the Open House.

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The museum’s August 19th Open Cockpit Day event will be rolled into the air show on the 26th and 27th.


Seasonal Event

Open Cockpit Day
March-November—Every third Saturday

On every third Saturday of the month, between March and November, the museum opens up some of its more impressive planes for guided tours. These aircraft will be opened to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. if weather permits and tour guides are available.