Your Guide to the 2012 Quonset Air Show

Planning on attending this year's air show, but have some questions?

The skies over Rhode Island have been thundering as C-130s, F-16s and – of course – the Thunderbirds have been making their way into for the 2012 Rhode Island National Guard Open House & Air Show. So who's showing up this year? How much does it cost? Slow your roll because we've got you covered.

Where & When

  • Quonset State Airport, 210 Airport St. in North Kingstown
  • Saturday and Sunday, June 16 & 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gates open at 9 a.m.

What Do I Need To Know?

  • Though the show starts at 10 a.m., gates open at 9 a.m. for those who want to stake out a good seat. The show should conclude around 4:30 p.m.
  • Because we all know how comfy concrete is, lawn/camp chairs along with blankets are allowed. No lounge chairs are allowed.
  • Keep in mind everything you bring into the air show is subject to searches.
  • Admission to the event is free, though $10 donations will be collected at the entrance gates to support Hasbro Children's Hospital.
  • If you're planning on bringing your RV, get there early! There is limited parking for RVs on a first-come-first-serve basis. Sorry, no RVs are allowed in the regular parking areas.
  • There will be shuttle services to and from the offsite parking lots throughout each day.
  • Coming in by air? All civilian aircraft wouldn eed to coordinate with AVports (www.avports.com) prior to the show.
  • In the event of rain, some flying demonstrations may be delayed or postponed. Unless the weather poses serious threat to the safety of the visitors and participants, the show will proceed as scheduled with some modifications.
  • What you can bring: lawn chairs, camp chairs, umbrellas, camera/video recorders, small purses or fanny packs, diaper bags, baby strollers, wheelchairs, canes, guide/walking dogs to assist disabled individuals, water in unopened clear plastic bottles.
  • What you can't bring: coolers, lounge chairs, pets, liquids aside from water in clear plastic bottles.
  • Editor's Note: Wear sunscreen! You're going to be out in the sun all day with only the display planes offering shade. Don't end up like I did last year with sunburns redder than Hawaiian Punch.

Morning Acts

  • USASOC Jump Team – The Black Daggers
  • Sean D. Tucker
  • Pietsch Air Shows (Jelly Belly)
  • The ANG Flash Fire Jet Truck
  • John Klatt (Air National Guard)
  • C-130J Super Hercules
  • Michael Goulian
  • RI Army National Guard Blackhawk Demo

Afternoon Acts

  • Pietsch Air Shows (Jelly Belly)
  • The Black Daggers
  • Geico Skytypers
  • The ANG Flash Fire Jet Truck
  • John Klatt
  • Mike Goulian
  • Sean D. Tucker
  • Combined Arms Demonstration


From Points North

Take I-95 South to Exit 9 - RT 4 South, North Kingstown, East Greenwich (left exit). Off of RT 4, take Exit 7B (Quonset) Stay on RT 403. RT 403 will become Roger Williams Way. After the 3rd traffic light on Roger Williams Way take a left onto Conway Street. Follow signs to Air National Guard Base.

From Points South

(Connecticut, New York) - Take I95 North into Rhode Island. In RI take Exit 8A (RT 2 South, West Warwick) Stay on RT 2 South until 1st traffic light. Take a left at the light and prepare to stay right. Merge onto RT 4 South. Off of RT 4, take Exit 7B (Quonset) Stay on RT 403. RT 403 will become Roger Williams Way. After the 3rd traffic light on Roger Williams Way take a left onto Conway Street. Follow signs to Air National Guard Base.

Scott Madison June 14, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Can someone tell me if locals will have access via Route 1/Post Road or another local road? If not, will NK locals be forced to only access via Route 4? Thanks.
Samantha Turner (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Access to or from? Last year, I drove right down Post Road and jumped on to Route 403 with hardly any issues with traffic. The way out, however, was a HUGE pain. They made me follow Route 403 west all the way to Route 4 and wouldn't let me off at the Post Road exit from Route 403. I know it's their way of minimizing traffic on the local roads, but it was obnoxious for those who lived a half mile from the exit and had to drive 45 minutes out of the way.
bobby mac June 14, 2012 at 08:30 PM
scott how long have u been in town
Scott Madison June 14, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Samantha - Thanks for your insight. One year I went and Post Road was open in and out and I heard last year it was not. Hopefully, they open Post up this year also, incoming and outbound. Thanks Again :) Bobby - You actually took the effort to answer a question with a personal question. This shows your an idiot. Being in town only a short amount of time relatively I was asking for insight and to see if anyone had any additional information, which it seems you have neither.... Good Day Sir.


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