In conjunction with the Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council, Youngstown Air Partners, Community Bus Services and several local law enforcement agencies and businesses, a parking and transportation plan has been developed for the Thunder Over the Valley Air Show to be held May 17 and 18.
Due to limited parking availability at the base and the anticipated large crowds, air show guests must park at designated off-station locations to be shuttled to the event.
These locations include: Eastwood Field, 111 Eastwood Mall Blvd., at the Eastwood Mall shopping complex in Niles; and Delphi-Packard Electric Systems, 165 N. River Road N.W., Warren.
Youngstown Air Partners will provide shuttle service to the station aboard CBS buses. CBS will collect $5 per seat, which included unlimited all-day round trip shuttle service, to help subsidize the cost of transporting guests to the station. The Admission to Thunder Over The Valley is free and open to the public.
''During our last air show, Air Force funds covered the cost of busing,'' said Col. James Dignan, commander 910 Airlift Wing. ''In the current fiscal climate, that is not possible. We are pleased our private sector community partners are able to transport our guests to the air show for a nominal but necessary fee.''
Parking areas will open and bus pass sales begin at 8 a.m. on both show days. Shuttle service begins at 8:45 a.m. and the show gates open at 9 a.m. Once parked, show guests will purchase their shuttle ticket, board a bus and be transported. Air show guests can tune into several local radio stations that will broadcast real-time traffic and parking updates. These stations include: 93.3FM, 95.9 FM, 98.9FM, 106.1FM, 570AM and 1390AM. Additional stations may be added prior to the air show.
Bus passes may be purchased from Community Bus Services beginning May 12 at the Eastwood Mall.
The shuttles will be available for the duration of the air show. Shuttles transporting guest to the air station will cease operations at 3 p.m. Shuttles returning guest to parking areas will operate until the show grounds close at 7 p.m.
Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. May 17 with flying performances beginning at 11:45 a.m. Between the gates opening and the opening ceremonies, guests will be able to enjoy static aircraft displays, historic warbird flyovers, RC aircraft performances and more.
For information, visit www.thunderoverthevalley.com.