March Field Air & Space Expo: Thunder Over the Empire


Celebrating 100 Years of March Field!


Saturday and Sunday, April 7-8

March Air Reserve Base

Hold the Dates!

March Field turns 100 in 2018, and a great show is being planned at March Air Reserve Base! Saturday and Sunday, Base gates open at 8 a.m., and flying starts at 11 a.m. The show ends each day after the USAF Thunderbirds perform at 4 p.m. Exhibits and other activities will be available on-Base. Please note: the March Air & Space Expo is not operated by or affiliated with the March Field Air Museum, however, it's a great show that we highly recommend! For more details about the March Air and Space Expo: Thunder Over the Empire, visit


What About the Museum?

The March Field Air Museum will offer an alternative for those who want to see just the airshow and the museum: we'll offer special rates on parking (museum admission included) both days. RVs also will be welcome, special fees will apply. Choosing this option means you cannot access the other activities taking place at March ARB during the Airshow. However, you will be able to visit the museum and view/listen in to the airshow, with a live feed from March ARB! Our location is immediately adjacent to the main runway at March Field. More details will be posted soon here on our website.


About March Field's Centennial

March Field (today’s March Air Reserve Base, located immediately adjacent to the March Field Air Museum) is the West Coast’s oldest continuously operating military airfield. Established in 1918 as the U.S. was embroiled in World War I, it began life as part of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Following several sleepy years in the 1920s, March Field was expanded in the 1930s as the world again prepared for war. As March Field passed the quarter-century mark, it was busily protecting West Coast skies and training U.S. Army Air Forces personnel for deployment to all Combat Theaters during WWII. Following the war—as the Cold War began—and then continuing for nearly 50 years, March Air Force Base became the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command 15th Air Force headquarters and home to a massive nuclear deterrent force.


In 1993, as March Field celebrated its 75th anniversary, it was selected for realignment and subsequently re-designated March Air Reserve Base. Today March Field is home to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 4th Air Force Headquarters and the 452nd Air Mobility Wing, the largest air mobility wing of the 4th Air Force. In addition to multiple units of the Air Force Reserve Command, March ARB is also home to units from the U.S. Air Force, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, California Air National Guard, California Army National Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. As it begins its second century as a military airfield in 2018, March Air Reserve Base is expanding to encompass new missions in service to, and in protection of, our great nation.