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 2019 Festival.  After dark, prepare for the Thunder as the 30th 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.

(Schedule as of 9 a.m. on April 12. PLEASE NOTE: Aircraft and times subject to change on show day)

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 7 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 5 locations
12:30 – 2:30 PM BANNER TOWS Begin on both sides of river
2:00 PM – Olivia and Lindsey Henken perform on the Miller Lite Music Stage inside the Thunder Chow Wagon
3:00 PM – F-16 – Show Opening
3:08 PM – U.S. Army Golden Knights
3:28 PM – Trojan Thunder: T-28
3:40 PM – Lee Leet: Super Tucano
3:52 PM – CF-18: 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron Cold Lake, Royal Canadian Air Force
4:00 PM – CT-142 Gonzo: 402 Squadron Winnipeg, Royal Canadian Air Force
4:06 PM – Canadian CH-130
4:10 PM – CT-155 Hawk: 419 Squadron Cold Lake, Royal Canadian Air Force
4:18 PM – KC Flight: RV-4 Color Smoke trails
4:30 PM – C-17: 157th Airlift Wing, Shepherd Field Air National Guard Base, West Virginia
4:34 PM – Billy Werth: Pitts S2C
4:46 PM – C-130 J & 123rd Airlift Wing, STS HALO
4:54 PM– Matt Younkin Twin Beech
5:06 PM – C-130H: 123rd Airlift Wing, KYANG, Air Drop
5:14 PM – Swampfox P-51 Mustang Demo
5:24 PM – LMPD Air Operations
5:39 PM – CH-60
5:47 PM – A-10 Thunderbolt, 163 Fighter Squadron, Indiana Air National Guard
5:49 PM – B-52: 2nd Bomb Wing Barksdale U.S. Air Force Base, Louisiana
6:09 PM – UPS -747-8
6:19 PM – AH-1/UH-1: HMLA 773 Marine Raider Helicopter Squadron Demo
6:29 PM – F/A-18: VFA-106 Super Hornet Tac Demo, U.S. Navy
6:44 PM – Legacy Flight
6:54 PM – HC-130: Patrick Air Force Base, Florida
6:59 PM – MH-53
7:04 PM – Acemaker T-33: Greg Coyler
7:16 PM – T-38
7:20 PM – C-17: 445th Airlift Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
7:24 PM – F-15C: 159th Fighter Wing Louisiana Air National Guard
7:29 PM – Trojan Thunder: T-28
7:41 PM – Billy Werth: Pitts S2C
7:53 PM – T-6: 71st Flying Training Wing Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma
7:57 PM – Carbon Cub & Barges
8:27 PM – KC Flight: RV-4 Color Smoke trails
8:39 PM – U.S. Army Golden Knights
8:59 PM – Matt Younkin Twin Beech
9:00 – 9:10 PM Meijer Moment (Thunder Fans Help Light Up the Waterfront)
9:11 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.