Tickets-Photographers Tickets
We now offer you even more value for your ticket price! Besides the entertainment (over 8 hours of family-friendly entertainment for our reasonable ticket price), free shuttle bus service is now included with each ticket! Visit our Tickets page or Getting to the Airshow page for more details.

Please note though that if you have Eagle Squadron or Sunrise Photo Tour/Photo Pit, you will still want to park onsite rather than take a shuttle bus. Your reserved parking is more convenient than the shuttle buses!

Advance Tickets (for all types of seating) can be purchased online from our website through our partnership with Etix® online Internet tickets beginning in mid-June (Prime View public sale begins Aug 1). General Admission tickets may be purchased  at gates. Visit our Tickets page for more details.
 

WINGS OVER HOUSTON AIRSHOW PHOTOGRAPHERS

2018 SUNRISE TOUR SOLD OUT BOTH DAYS!

Photo Pit PassA few important details about Photography:

  • Your camera bags will be checked by gate security upon entry.
  • The Airshow performance and many performers’ acts are copyrighted, and your photography or video cannot be used for commercial purposes. All rights to photos during the event remain with the Commemorative Air Force and the performers. Permission must be granted in advance for anything other than personal use.
  • Photo Pit will be enclosed from the general public. Airshow assumes no responsibility for any equipment.
  • No one under 12 permitted to be a pass holder for security and comfort of other pass holders.
  • Please download and read details and instructions for Photography Tickets (updated info pending) from our website before purchase.

Photographer Ticket Options

The Wings Over Houston Airshow will be offering a limited number of Sunrise Photo Tour and Photo Pit passes to non-media guests. Get exclusive access to airshow displays before the show gates open with our Sunrise Photo Tour Pass. Now’s your chance to get better photos of airshow displays and selected performer aircraft without so many people in the foreground! Sunrise Photo Tour Pass holders will be taken on a guided tour of static displays prior to entrance gates opening. Photo Pit Pass holders will have access to a secure enclosed area during the show for photographic purposes during the airshow.

Photo Pit Pass Benefits:

  • Receive box lunch, soft drinks and water
  • Private restrooms with hand sanitizers exclusive to photo pit
  • Tented area with sidewalls for equipment protection
General Admission tickets simply get you in the gate to the Airshow. You are responsible for your own seating during the show. Prime View is reserved seating on the front line, airshow center allowing you a great view of the show and includes an Airshow program. Eagle Squadron provides many great benefits, such as reserved parking, Airshow cap and program, souvenirs, catered food and beverages throughout the day, and indoor and outdoor seating areas. Visit our Tickets page for more details. Purchase early for best pricing!
Prime View seats are set up along the front line at show center and organized into “boxes” of 10. You will receive a coded wristband that gives you in-out access to the seating area. Your assigned, numbered chairs are yours throughout the day and will remain reserved for you. The seating area also provides easy access to portable restroom facilities and selected commercial food and beverage vendors. On sale now to previous ticket holders, open to public sale August 1.

Tickets start at $60 each and everybody needs a ticket regardless of age. Prime View seats are sold on a first-come-first-served-basis and you are given the very best seat available when your order is processed. There is a discount for purchasing 10 or more Prime View at one time. Visit our Tickets page for more details. Purchase early for best pricing!

Your Prime View ticket includes entrance to the Airshow. All persons occupying a seat in Prime View must have a ticket regardless of age.

No. You must use the reserved Prime View or Eagle Squadron tickets for the day for which they are purchased. The reserved seating areas have assigned seats and the other day’s seats are already assigned to someone else. With enough advance notice, you may be able to contact our Ticket Center at 713-266-4492 and request an exchange for the best available seats. General Admission tickets are good for either Saturday or Sunday.
Yes, if space is available in that area. You may pay the difference in your ticket price to upgrade to the reserved seating area. Proceed to the Prime View or Eagle Squadron gateway inside the Airshow and present your ticket stub to purchase the upgraded ticket. Purchase early for best pricing!
No. The only ticket discounts that we offer are the advance purchase discounts available through the website up until the day before the Airshow. We already support the military at Ellington with their needs and all branches of military recruiting efforts at our event.
The Wings Over Houston Special Show for the Physically and Mentally Challenged is for those persons who, because of a lifetime physical or mental condition, would have difficulty attending the Saturday and Sunday shows. Tickets are issued by invitation only to qualified applicants. Guests are limited to qualified participants and their immediate caregivers/chaperones only. Please visit our Special Show page for more details on how to apply.
Getting to the Airshow
We now offer you even more value for your ticket price! Besides the entertainment (over 8 hours of family-friendly entertainment for our reasonable ticket price), free shuttle bus service is now included with each ticket! Visit our Tickets page or Getting to the Airshow page for more details.

Please note though that if you have Eagle Squadron or Sunrise Photo Tour/Photo Pit, you will still want to park onsite rather than take a shuttle bus. Your reserved parking is more convenient than the shuttle buses!

Ellington Airport is located just minutes south of downtown Houston. Take I-45 south to the FM1959/Ellington Airport exit and go east on FM1959 to the main Ellington Airport entrance. You can also take BW8 to the Highway 3 exit and proceed south on Highway 3 to the north Ellington Airport entrance. Reserved parking is accessed by taking Clear Lake City Blvd. east from I-45 and turning north on Highway 3 to the south Ellington Airport entrance. Visit our Getting to the Airshow page for more details, and check with wohacustomerinfo.com for the latest updated information.
Yes. Transient aircraft must arrive before 9 a.m. on show days and can not depart until after 5 p.m. All persons arriving will be required to have or purchase a ticket to the show. You will not be allowed to remain with your plane. Check the NOTAMS as times are subject to change.
There are many fine lodging facilities in the Houston, Webster, Pasadena, Clear Lake City, League City, Nassau Bay, and Kemah areas to stay. Here is a list of recommended hotels. Some may offer special room deals during Airshow weekend. Be sure and book early! Visit the city and chamber websites for motels, hotels, bed & breakfasts and camping areas, as well as a link to online booking of many of these facilities.

cityofwebster.com

leaguecitychamber.com

clearlakearea.com

nassaubay.com

visithoustontexas.com

parking questions
We now offer you even more value for your ticket price! Besides the entertainment (over 8 hours of family-friendly entertainment for our reasonable ticket price), free shuttle bus service is now included with each ticket! Visit our Tickets page or Getting to the Airshow page for more details.

Please note though that if you have Eagle Squadron or Sunrise Photo Tour/Photo Pit, you will still want to park onsite rather than take a shuttle bus. Your reserved parking is more convenient than the shuttle buses!

If your ticket type includes Reserved Parking (Prime View, Eagle Squadron, Business First and private Chalet tickets only), your printed Etix ticket is also your Reserved Parking Pass. Please display the bold heading showing the ticket type and date to the security personnel for admittance to the reserved parking area. Please remember that reserved parking is on a first-come-first-serve basis, so arrive early to insure a quality reserved parking spot!  Check with  wingsoverhouston.com/2018Customer for the latest updated information and downloadable maps.
General parking is included with your General Admission and Family Chalet tickets on a space available, first-come-first-served basis. We anticipate free parking spots to fill up, so arrive early to secure your spot. The maps are found on the Directions & Parking Maps page and check with  wingsoverhouston.com/2018Customer for the latest updated information and downloadable maps.
General parking is included with your General Admission and Family Chalet tickets on a space available, first-come-first-served basis. We anticipate free parking spots to fill up, so arrive early to secure your spot. The maps are found on the Directions & Parking Maps page and check with  wingsoverhouston.com/2018Customer for the latest updated information.
Parking is included in your ticket price. But please note, due to ongoing construction at Ellington, our parking area is shrinking. Since the shuttle bus service is now included free with each ticket, please consider using the shuttle buses!
For downloadable parking maps for all tickets, go to wingsoverhouston.com/2018Customer
Yes. You must have a handicapped plate or tag in the car and make sure the parkers flagging your car are aware of your handicapped status. They will direct you to the handicapped parking areas. Handicapped parking is limited and is on a first-come-first-served basis. Please arrive early to insure a parking spot. More information may be found on our Services for the Disabled page. A map to these areas may be found on the wingsoverhouston.com/2018Customer
Yes. There is a small, hard-top surface for motorcycle parking. Please ask the parking flaggers to direct you to the motorcycle parking area (near the south Prime View lot). Motorcycle parking is limited and is on a first-come-first-served basis. Please arrive early to insure a parking spot.  For downloadable parking maps for all tickets, go to wingsoverhouston.com/2018Customer
No. Even if you have purchased tickets, you must leave your vehicle and view the show from inside the Airshow grounds. This rule is due to a FAA safety regulation involving the performance area.
Yes, keep your ticket stub and get your hand stamped as you exit.
what can i bring?
Can I bring weapons or firearms to the show?

Wings Over Houston must comply with local, state and federal laws concerning possession of firearms and weapons at an airport.  Firearms, weapons and concealed firearms are prohibited. For a full listing of TSA restricted items at airports, please see: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/printable

Motorized scooters and wheelchairs for disabled patrons are allowed in the Airshow grounds; personal golf carts are not allowed. There are also people-mover trams running the length of the Airshow grounds that can be ridden. Please be aware that the crowds may be heavy and maneuvering may be difficult, and that there is no place at the show to plug in and “recharge.”
Yes! There is no seating included with your General Admission ticket and guests are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit. However, no tents, large umbrellas, or canopies are allowed.

NOTE: Shuttle buses cannot accommodate wagons, large strollers, or chairs that cannot be collapsed and carried on board.

You may bring your own food and drink, however you are NOT allowed to bring in a cooler, alcoholic beverages or glass containers. Any food or drink must be in clear plastic container or bag for quick inspection. Loose ice is prohibited. Frozen ice packs are allowed. No large bags. Any bags brought in are subject to search by the security personnel at the gates and you may not be allowed in with such items. No cooking equipment is allowed.

Remember that there are many different food and drink vendors available at the show, with most being run by charitable groups as fundraisers. Complimentary water is available at several locations marked with a “WATER” banner.

The FAA and Department of Homeland Security have required us to enforce these rules for your safety. You will be on airport grounds. This is a rule common to all airports, major airshows and events in the U.S.
Yes, strollers or small wagons are allowed. Please limit any diaper bags to the smallest you can manage. All items will be searched by security personnel at the gates and they have the final say on what is allowed in.

NOTE: Shuttle buses cannot accommodate wagons, large strollers, or chairs that cannot be collapsed and carried on board.

Yes, cameras for personal use are allowed. Your camera bags will be checked by gate security upon entry. Remember that the Airshow performance and many performers’ acts are copyrighted, and your photography or video cannot be used for commercial purposes.
Drones are not allowed.  A TFR (Temporary Flight Restrictions) will be in affect with a 5 mile radius around Ellington airport restricting air traffic of all types including any drones.
Pets are NOT allowed onto the Airshow area and should NOT be left in vehicles. Because of the festival setting with food and drink vendors, the City of Houston Health Department prohibits animals, other than legally allowed guide and assistance animals. Please also understand that temperatures on the tarmac area can easily reach in excess of 120 degrees and will burn a pet’s feet, plus the loud noises and explosions can injure their sensitive hearing and/or frighten the animals.
Food and drink vendors are cash-only. Some of the souvenir vendors may take credit cards. There are ATM machines available for obtaining cash located near each information tent.
Yes, there are several ATM machines located near the main Information tents, some gate locations, and other areas.
SHOW QUESTIONS
We list our acts but cannot give a specific schedule since schedules are finalized much closer to the Airshow and depend on availability and various conditions. Flying generally begins around 10 a.m. and is continuous throughout the day, with the feature act beginning around 3 p.m. These times are subject to change without notice. More information may be found on our Schedule page or Performer page.
Generally, yes, the show is the same. However, there may be some variations depending on special aircraft, which may make only a one-day fly-by appearance.  More information may be found on our Schedule page or Performer page.
That information is not released to the general public.
The Airshow is held under an open sky. You are encouraged to bring hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen lotion. Limited shade may be found under the wings of some static display aircraft but there is no “shaded area” (except for the premium-priced Eagle Squadron Tickets). Umbrellas are discouraged except at the very rear of the viewing area to insure that all visitors have a good view of the show. No tents or canopies are allowed.
Yes! Many of the feature pilots and crew make themselves available before or after their performances to meet their audience. Many of the WWII-era and military crews are at their aircraft during static viewing times and are happy to answer questions and pose with you for photos. There is also a Legends & Heroes Autograph Tent at the rear of the show area, which offers the chance to meet some important, historical persons of aviation including WWII pilots and “Aces”. Airshow performers and NASA astronauts may stop in before or after their performances.
The Airshow strongly encourages you to bring and use proper hearing protection such as quality ear plugs, and especially so for children. The noise from the jet engines and pyrotechnic explosions may be painful or harmful for some. This is especially true if you are viewing the show from the front line. Many vendors at the show sell earplugs at their booths for only a dollar or two. For young children who may tend to play with and/or remove the foam type plugs, a suggested alternative is sound muffs (available in the gun section of most sporting goods stores, and generally available in children’s size). Please make your own choices on this matter and protect your hearing.
Unless the weather is severe, we will fly as much of the show as is safe and possible. In the event that both days of show are canceled, your ticket price will be considered a tax-deductible contribution to an IRC 501(C)3 organization. Due to FAA permit restrictions and performer commitments it is not possible to reschedule the airshow for another weekend.
The airshow has made every effort to accommodate those with special needs. Some of the accommodations offered include, a handicap parking area, ADA portable restrooms and a reserved area for wheelchairs to view the show on the ramp.

 

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