Events and Activities During Thunder Over Dover

Thunder Over Dover will occur at Dover's Air Force Base the weekend of May 21-22! Read more about the event and Kent County Tourism's recommendations.

Thunder Over Dover will be taking place the weekend of May 21-22 at the Dover Air Force Base.  This classic Air Force Open House gives the community a chance to learn more about the United States military and the base’s contributions to America’s national defense.

There are plenty of exciting events to enjoy including performances by the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels as well as other fun aerial displays.  With free admission and parking, this family-friendly event is sure to be a great time!


The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, return to the Dover Air Force Base for 2022's Thunder Over Dover. The Thunderbirds' incredible presentation aims to inspire the community with the Air Force's professionalism and expertise. Look out for the premier fighter jet, the F-16 Fighting Falcon, as it effortlessly maneuvers the sky.

The demonstration consists of six aircrafts performing group and solo formations. Showcasing the Air Force squadron's incredible capabilities, you'll remember for years to come.

Blue Angels!

Thunder Over Dover will also welcome the incredible U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, as co-headliners for this year's Thunder Over Dover! In their awe-inspiring aerial show, the Blue Angels test the limits of aerial maneuvers and team work.

Other Acts and Demos

Thunder Over Dover has plenty more to see too! Whether it's a still or elevated exhibition, there are multiple ways to enjoy the weekend.

Here are the additional aerial acts planned:

  • C-5M Super Galaxy: With a wingspan of nearly 68 feet, the C-5M Super Galaxy is the biggest aircraft in the Air Force's inventory. The craft usually transports cargo of up to 280,000 pounds. Be sure to check out its flyover!
  • C-17 Demo Team: The C-17 Globemaster III performs many crucial functions for the Airforce, from troop and cargo transport to emergency evacuations. Its flexible nature allows for impressive capabilities. The C-17 Demo Team promises an extraordinary demonstration during Thunder Over Dover.
  • Black Daggers: The U.S. Army Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, also known as the Black Daggers, use ram-air parachutes and flexible wing gliders to display amazing free-falling. Don't miss their stellar performance!
  • USMC Harrier Demo: The U.S. Marine Corps' AV-8B will demonstrate its impressive abilities during this year's event.

The event will also feature several displays:

  • Air Mobility: Command Museum: The Dover Air Museum is open during Thunder Over Dover. Browse the incredible aircraft, exhibits and interactive videos during your weekend.
  • KC-46 Pegasus: Thunder Over Dover presents the KC-46 Pegasus as a static display for the weekend. Usually used for airlifts and refueling, the KC-46 is sure to awe you.
  • T-6A Texan II: Used to help train Joint Primary Pilot Training (JPPT) students, the T-6A is a responsive aircraft aspiring pilots will want to see.

Thunder Over Dover will also feature a presentation by Wings Over Blue and a Coast Guard helicopter demo. With so many exciting events, the weekend is sure to excite.

Popular Dover Area Hotels and Accommodations

If you plan to spend the weekend in Dover for the Dover Air Expo, here are four of our most popular hotels:

Bally's Dover Casino Resort

Bally's Dover Casino Resort is an excellent option for your weekend. With luxury accommodations and activities, the hotel offers many high-quality amenities to ensure a top-notch stay. From poker and gaming to talented headliners and a beautiful spa, Bally's Dover Casino Resort is the perfect weekend getaway.

Dover Hampton Inn

Newly renovated in 2017, the Hampton Inn Dover is great for any traveler. With free hot breakfast, a fitness center, outdoor pool, free parking and plenty more amenities, check out the Hampton Inn for a wonderful stay.

MainStay Suites

Located near Dover Air Force Base, this hotel is sure to please. Take the short trip to Thunder Over Dover from your comfortable hotel room. MainStay Suites also offers free breakfast, free Wi-Fi access, an indoor pool and an exercise room. Consider this hotel to complete your weekend in Dover.

Residence Inn Marriott

This comfortable hotel is minutes away from downtown Dover and sure to provide a cozy weekend. The Residence Inn offers free parking, Wi-Fi, an indoor pool and a gift shop. The Marriott Residence Inn complements a quick weekend trip perfectly.

Thunder Over Hunger!

Between all the spectacles and activities, you'll want to fuel up after your time at Thunder Over Dover Air Expo. Luckily, Dover has several delicious food options just steps away from the event. 

Here are a few of Dover's most popular food options:

Roma Italian Ristorante

With over 40 years in the business, Roma provides classic delicious Italian dishes. Their extensive menu of Italian cuisine is sure to appeal to all tastes. From homemade pasta to roasted seafood and chicken, Roma offers many upscale options for your weekend.

Cool Springs Fish Bar & Restaurant

Visit Cool Springs Restaurant for some of the best seafood in Dover. With seafood offerings like flounder, Maryland crab cakes, shrimp, tuna and more, this spot is perfect for any seafood lover. Visit Cool Springs for a high-quality meal during your Dover stay.

La Hacienda

La Hacienda is a modern Mexican restaurant located in Dover. With fresh, high-quality Mexican dishes and an exciting restaurant design, La Hacienda provides a special dining experience. Check out this dining option during your stay in Dover.

Grey Fox Grille and Public House

Located in a restored Victorian home, the Grey Fox Grille and Public House offers a unique dining experience in downtown Dover. The tasty, diverse menu has everything from steaks to flatbreads. Drop by for lunch or dinner after the exposition for an unforgettable meal.

Flavor of India

With over 15 years of service, Flavor of India serves high-quality and creative Indian dishes to Dover. The eatery is committed to using the freshest ingredients in every meal, and they pride themselves on their authentic atmosphere. The large menu contains a wide variety of Indian dishes, with options for every taste. Visit the convenient location by Dover's shopping district for a memorable experience.

McGlynn's Pub

McGlynn's Pub is a staple Dover restaurant. Whether you grab a quick meal or stay for hours, the atmosphere is sure to supply a fun time. The menu includes burgers, steaks, roast beef sandwiches and many other specials. Be sure to check out McGlynn's for a great meal at a great price.

Questions? Contact Air Mobility Command

Thunder Over Dover is an exciting weekend exposition for all visitors. The exciting demonstrations and opportunities promise fun for everyone. If you want to make the expo into a weekend trip, Dover offers many high-quality hotels and restaurants for an unforgettable stay in Delaware.

If you have questions about the event, such as where to park for Thunder Over Dover, please contact Air Mobility Command — they'll be happy to help with any queries. Check the Thunder Over Dover website for updated scheduling information and a complete list of all events.

We hope to see you there!

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