In The Air

Welcome to Thunder Over Louisville, featuring one of the nation’s top air shows and one of the largest annual fireworks shows in the country.  As the official Kentucky Derby Festival Opening Ceremonies, Thunder kicks-off the two-week 2018 Festival.  After dark, prepare for the Thunder as the 29th annual pyrotechnic spectacular explodes to a sensational soundtrack in front of hundreds of thousands of our friends that come in from all across the country.


9 AM North Great Lawn Opens (Pegasus Pin Admission)

11 AM Thunder Chow Wagon @ Waterfront Park opens, Thunder FoodFest opens (Pegasus Pin admission),
Military Interactive Display Area on the South Great Lawn opens, Meijer Family Fun Zone on the West Belvedere opens (Pegasus Pin Admission), ThunderWear merchandise booths open at 10 locations, Ford’s Thunder on the Ground opens (ALL interactive experiences)

12 PM – 2:30 PM 106.9 PLAY Pre-Thunder Show

12 PM – 7 PM Pegasus Pin & Pin Trading booths open at four locations

12:30 – 2:30 PM BANNER TOWS Begin on both sides of river


3:00 PM – Olivia Henken to perform on the Miller Lite Music Stage inside the Thunder Chow Wagon

3:00 PM Show Opening: U.S. Army Golden Knights

3:20 PM F-16 180th FW (4 ship) – Air Force

3:30 PM C130/123rd STS KYANG

3:40 PM Billy Werth – Pitts S-2C

3:52 PM B-52 93rd BS – Air Force

4:04 PM CT-155 – Royal Canadian Air Force

4:12 PM CT-142 – Royal Canadian Air Force

4:20 PM CF-18 (2) – Royal Canadian Air Force

4:30 PM KC Flight Formation Team (6)

4:42 PM C-17 – Air Force

4:52 PM T-6

4:56 PM E-3 – Air Force

5:04 PM F-15 Mass ANG (2) – Air Force

5:14 PM Lee Leet Super Tucano

5:26 PM A-10 Demo – Air Force

5:42 PM A-10/P-51 USAF Heritage Flight

5:54 PM Matt Younkin Twin Beech

6:06 PM KC-135 Grissom – Air Force

6:16 PM F-16 (2) Holmstead – Air Force

6:26 PM UPS 747-8

6:36 PM Nick Coleman Taylorcraft

6:46 PM F-15 335th FS (4) – Air Force

6:58 PM US Navy F-18 Tac Demo

7:10 PM AH-1/UH-1 Helos – Marine Corps

7:20 PM MH-60 (1) – Navy

7:30 PM T-38 – Air Force

7:42 PM Billy Werth

7:52 PM Jeff Gordon Carbon Cub & Barges

8:22 PM KC Flight Formation Team (6)

8:34 PM Canadian Harvards

8:45 PM U.S. Army Golden Knights

9:05 PM Matt Younkin Twin Beech Night

9:05 – 9:10 PM Meijer Moment (Thunder Fans Help Light Up the Waterfront)

9:17 PM American Flags

9:30 PM Boom! Fireworks!

10:00 PM Thunder FoodFest Continues at the Chow Wagon until 11 PM

11:00 PM Ohio River opens to normal traffic.

PLEASE NOTE: Aircraft and times subject to change on show day.