Gowen Thunder 2017 will take place Oct. 14-15 at Gowen Field in Boise — the first time in decades the Idaho National Guard base has hosted such a show, officials say.
There’ll be aerial acrobatics, ground shows and displays. But what’s sure to thrill any air show enthusiast: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will make an appearance, as will their Canadian counterparts, the Royal Canadian Snowbirds.
The two lead acts are among the most prestigious of jet demonstration teams, said Col. Tim Donnellan, commander of the 124th Fighter Wing.
“This will be a great event for our community, to see an impressive air demonstration, to visit Gowen Field and speak with the airmen and soldiers of the Idaho National Guard and learn their role in our community,” Donnellan said in a Friday news release.
The air show will also feature the U.S. Army jump team and a combined arms demo that will show off “the full spectrum of the Idaho National Guard combat capability,” said Guard spokesman Christopher Borders. The latter will include tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, self-propelled howitzers and both Army and Air Guard helicopters and jets.
“We haven’t had an air show like this in 20 years, something of this magnitude,” said Borders.
The Thunderbirds have made appearances in Idaho in the past, including at Mountain Home Air Force Base. This will be their first time at Gowen Field, something Borders dubbed “phenomenal.”
“I remember going to Gowen air shows as a kid. Those are what inspired me to join the Guard,” said Borders. “It’s about time we did another air show. I want to be able to bring my own kids.”
Gowen Thunder 2017 organizers hope to bring hundreds of thousands of spectators to the Valley, he added.
The air show will be free and open to the public. VIP seating will be available for a fee.