Don’t Miss the Lightning at Pease

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  • By Staff Sgt. Taylor Queen
  • Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H.

Have you ever wanted to get up close with a fifth-generation military aircraft?

The free Thunder Over New Hampshire Air Show and Open House is your chance to get an up-close look at both the KC-46A Pegasus and the F-35 Lightning II--and see them fly. The event will take place at Pease Air National Guard Base, Sept. 9-10. Admission and parking are free, but guests must make a parking reservation in advance. 

The show will feature a variety of aerial performers, including:  

  • U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper demo team, 
  • Vermont Air National Guard F-35A Lightning II 
  • NH ANG KC-46 Pegasus 
  • US Special Operations Command Para Commandos 
  • Rob Holland 
  • P-51C Mad Max – Lou Horschel 
  • Kent Pietsch 
  • Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Truck 

Not all the action is in the sky. Guests can walk through a KC-46A Pegasus, take a picture in front of an F-35A Lightning II, get up close to an AH-64 Apache helicopter, and catch some shade under a B-52 Stratofortress. Also on static display will be a CH-47 Chinook, F-15 Eagle, C-5 Galaxy, KC-10 Extender, KC-135 Stratotanker, and a ski-equipped LC-130. 

Following on the success of the 2021 event, the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) display will expand to two hangars and a portion of the base’s ramp. STEM exhibitors will include: 

  • Pfizer 
  • Beta  
  • ARMI 
  • DEKA 
  • FIRST Robotics 
  • 1000 Drones for 1000 Girls 
  • Academy of Model Aeronautics 
  • Lonza 
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard 

Parking is scheduled to open at 8 a.m. and gates at 9 a.m. 

For the latest information on the Thunder Over New Hampshire Air Show and Open House, visit, or follow the 157th Air Refueling Wing on Facebook and Instagram.