Frequently Asked Questions

Traveling and Parking

Q: How do I get there?
A: Please CLICK HERE for directions.
Q: What are the Motorcycle Gear Requirements?
A: Riders will be expected to follow all South Carolina motorcycle laws. Helmets, eye protection, long sleeved shirt/jacket, long legged pants and full fingered gloves are required.
Q: Which gate do I use to enter MCAS Beaufort?
A: Guests will enter MCAS Beaufort through 1 of 3 gates. VIP invited guests, VIP parking pass holders, military and DoD authorized vehicles, and vehicles using handicap parking will enter MCAS Beaufort using the Main Gate. All other guests and vehicles will enter MCAS Beaufort using Gate 3 or Gate 5. Gates 3 and 5 are located on US-21/Trask Pkwy. Vehicles traveling Southbound on US-21/Trask Pkwy should stay in the left lane to turn left into the Gates. Traffic signs and law enforcement personnel will be directing traffic to their appropriate gate.
Q: Where can I park?
A: Upon entering MCAS Beaufort, security personnel will direct you to the general, VIP or handicap parking areas. Parking is FREE will be available on a first come, first served basis. Additional parking will be available on Shanklin Rd. off US-21/Trask Pkwy. Shuttles from Shanklin Rd. to MCAS Beaufort will not be provided. Parking on US-21/Trask Pkwy will not be allowed during the MCAS Beaufort Air Show. For more information about parking, CLICK HERE.
Q: Can I get a map of the MCAS Beaufort Air Show and/or parking area?
A: At this time, we cannot provide a map of the Air Station for security reasons. A map will be available closer to the show in late April.
Q: Can I tailgate in the parking lot?
A: No.

What to and What Not to Bring

Q: Can I bring my backpack or purse?
A: Yes, backpacks, purses, fanny packs, baby bags, camera bags and other bags are permitted. Before entering the MCAS Beaufort Air Show, ALL bags will be quickly inspected and all individuals are subject to search. For more information about what items are permitted, CLICK HERE.
Q: Can I bring beer, sodas and food to the MCAS Beaufort Air Show?
A: No outside food and drinks (including alcohol) are permitted at the MCAS Beaufort Air Show. Ice chests and coolers are also prohibited and subject to confiscation. Only coolers containing medicinal items or infant formula will be allowed. There will food and drinks available for sale at concession stands located throughout the spectator area. For more information about what items are permitted, CLICK HERE.
Q: Should I bring hearing protection?
A: Yes, hearing protection is highly encouraged for all MCAS Beaufort Air Show spectators, especially for young children. For more information about what items we recommend you bring, CLICK HERE.
Q: Will pets be allowed to enter the MCAS Beaufort Air Show?
A: Only service animals will be permitted. For more information about what items are permitted, CLICK HERE.

Attending The MCAS Beaufort Air Show

Q: What are the dates of the MCAS Beaufort Air Show?
A: The Air Show will be held on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Q: Where will the Air Show be held?
A: The Air Show will be held aboard MCAS Beaufort in Beaufort, SC. You can find directions by CLICKING HERE.
Q: How much is admission to the MCAS Beaufort Air Show?
A: General Admission and parking are FREE and tickets are not required. General Admission is located in paved and grassy areas where attendees can stand or sit on their own blankets or lawn chairs. Premium seating providing the best view of the MCAS Beaufort Air Show is available for purchase. To purchase premium seating, CLICK HERE.
Q: What time does the MCAS Beaufort Air Show start/end?
A: Our gates open at 0900 (9:00 am) and opening ceremonies start at 1115 (11:15 am). The show will end at 1630 (4:30 pm) and gates close at 1730 (5:30 pm). To see the schedule of events, CLICK HERE.
Q: Will the show be broadcasted or streamed?
A: No.
Q: What activities are prohibited at the Air Show?
A: Tailgating, smoking near aircrafts or flightline, and overnight camping.
Q: What do I need to do if I am attending with a large group such as class, troupe or youth program?
A: Just show up and enjoy! General admission is free and tickets are not required. You do not need to notify or make special arrangements for your group. Bus and large van parking will be available.
Q: Are air shows safe?
A: Air shows offer a consistently and historically safe environment for millions of spectators each year. Since current rules were implemented nearly 50 years ago, there has not been a single spectator fatality at a North American show – an enviable safety record for any business.
Q: What if it rains?
A: The MCAS Beaufort Air Show will go on rain or shine so be prepared to dress for the weather. Performers will be grounded if there is lightening within 5 miles but we will do everything we can to continue once it is safe to do so. If the show is cancelled due to weather prior to any act going into the air, we will refund tickets. There are no rain dates for this event.
Q. Are credit cards accepted to purchase premium seating the day of the show?
A. Yes, you can purchase premium seating the day of the show if available. We accept Visa, American Express, Discover and MasterCard. However, we recommend you purchase your tickets online in advanced. To purchase premium seating, CLICK HERE.
Q: How do I get Press or Media Credentials?
A: The MCAS Beaufort Public Affairs Office will be accepting media reservations to attend the MCAS Beaufort Air Show. You can find their contact information by CLICKING HERE
Q: Will strollers or wheelchairs be available for rental?
A: No, strollers and wheelchairs will not be available to rent. However, strollers and wheelchairs are permitted. For more information about what items are permitted, CLICK HERE.
Q: Will there be an ATM on site?
A: Yes, an ATM will be on site.
Q. I am or will be attending with a person with disabilities. What accommodations will be available?
A. We will have handicap accessible parking and restrooms. Security personnel will direct those vehicles with official handicap identification on their vehicles to appropriate parking areas aboard the Air Station. There will limited staff available with golf carts to assist person with disabilities from the parking areas to the flightline. Handicap accessible restrooms and hand-washing stations will be available that are designed to allow those with disabilities easy access. General Admission is located in paved and grassy areas that are handicap accessible. All of our premium seating is at ground level with no stairs. The chairs in all three premium seating options are easily removable to accommodate wheelchairs and allow persons with disabilities to easily sit with friends and family.