Maryland Fleet Week
Open House at Martin State Airport
The Open House at Martin State Airport, located in Middle River, offers local Maryland foods, air show souvenirs, music, and lots to do including activities at the Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum. There will be a display of static aircraft at Martin State Airport. And, this year, there are many more teams flying in and out for the downtown Baltimore Air Show. The Blue Angels, the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, will be based at Martin State Airport for the third time! The famed US Navy team will be joined this year by colleagues from the US Air Force and other services. The Royal Canadian Air Force will again participate with its specially painted CF-18 Hornet honoring the 75th Anniversary of the pan-Canadian effort to train aircrew for WWII.
Firsts for Martin State Airport
With more teams, more crew and more pilots, there will be more to see! The United States Air Force Heritage Flight will include: F-22, F-35 and P-51, for example. Also for the first time, Geico Skytypers and civilian aerobatic pilot Scott Francis, will fly out of Martin State Airport to perform over the Middle Branch River just off Fort McHenry in downtown Baltimore. All aircraft launch from and return to Martin State Airport. Check back for more Martin State Airport Firsts.
The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, located in Hangar 5, will be open to the public during the festival. The museum has more than a dozen aircraft, thousands of reels of motion picture films, plans, documents, research models, aircraft tools, and components, and a collection of more than 200,000 aviation and company photographs.
Not the Airshow but….where else can you get this close?
While spectators will not be able to see the air show from Martin State Airport, they will be able to see the Blue Angels jets on display and watch them and the other impressive acts take off and land at the airport. The Blue Angels pilots will also meet fans and sign autographs at the airport for approximately 30 minutes following the air show on Saturday and Sunday.
Parking is free with shuttles running from parking areas to the festival all day. Details and other frequently asked questions are here.
Martin State Airport’s Role as Home Base
Middle River’s Martin State Airport will play a key role in the air show by acting as home base for the Blue Angels flight team, the USAF Heritage Flight team, Royal Canadian Air Force and other performers.
Please Note: The Blue Angels’ air show will NOT be seen at the Martin State Airport Festival – the show will be performed over Fort McHenry in Baltimore City. None of the demo teams perform over Martin State Airport. Visitors to the Festival at Martin State Airport can see all the teams take-off, including the Blue Angels. Because of having additional flying teams, there will be a lot of launches and landings to watch ending with the Blue Angels who land at after the others teams have returned.
MD Fleet Week Bag Policy
For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors to Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore, a security screening and bag policy has been implemented that conforms to best practice standards for large-scale events.
The City’s public safety team continues to evaluate security policies and is always adapting to provide the safest and most secure environment. Developed with the event organizers, this policy represents best practices nationwide and takes into account both safety and visitor experience.
The security and bag policies are only for your visits to: Fort Avenue east of Andre Street in Locust Point, Martin State Airport and when visiting any naval vessels, domestic or foreign, at North Locust Point, on Under Amour Pier, in the Inner Harbor or on Broadway Pier. (Note – this policy does not apply to visiting Tall Ships.)
This comprehensive policy includes details on the types of bags permitted in these venues, prohibited items, and screening protocols.
To ensure a safe event and minimize long lines, Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore has adopted a bag policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into these regulated areas. The goal of this policy is to enhance public safety and facilitate efficient access to all of these areas. Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore strongly encourages visitors to leave your bags at home, but if you need to carry certain belongings with you, a list of permissible items is outlined below.
Visitors will be able to carry the following style and size bag at all secure festival locations:
1 clear bag per person not to exceed 12? x 6? x 12? (1 gallon freezer bag)
Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap. (This is in addition to the clear bag.)
*An exception will be made for medically necessary items like oxygen tanks, medical devices and aids (colostomy bags, etc.) after proper inspection.
Sunscreen and bug spray (non-aerosol containers)
Rain Ponchos or personal umbrellas
No bags other than the type listed above
No outside food or beverage items (baby food will be permissible in reasonable quantities)
No chairs or stools of any type
No metal aerosol containers
No ice or ice packs
No outside cans, cups, or containers
No illegal substances, drugs, or drug paraphernalia
No knives with a blade longer than 4”
No weapons of any kind
No banners, posters, or signs
No animals or pets (except service animals)
No Mace, pepper spray or other defensive sprays or chemicals
No flammable liquids
No fireworks or any types of explosives
No skateboards, scooters, or personalized motor vehicles (non-medical)
No bicycles inside security screening points
No tents, canopies, or beach umbrellas
No wagons or carts of any type (children in strollers are allowed)
No poles, sticks, or tripods/monopods
No lasers or pointers
No instruments, megaphones, horns, or noise makers
No grills or cooking devices
No motorized or battery operated model airplanes or toys of any kind
A NO DRONE ZONE will be in force from Oct. 9 through midnight Oct. 17, 2016. Drones or UAV’s – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - are prohibited at or near all locations including over water, over ships, or within the Air Show TFR.
Current best practices for physical security screening will be utilized to include:
Aircraft on Display at Martin State Airport
US NAVY’S BLUE ANGELS F/A-18
US NAVY F/A-18 F
US NAVY T-45
US NAVY H-60
US AIR FORCE F-16
US MARINE CORPS AH-1W (tentative)
MARYLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD A-10
GEICO SKYTYPERS SNJ-2
SCOTT FRANCIS MXS
GLENN L. MARTIN MUSEUM A-7
GLENN L. MARTIN MUSEUM A-4
GLENN L. MARTIN MUSEUM F-4
GLENN L. MARTIN MUSEUM H-1
MIDDLE RIVER AVIATION R-22
BRETT AVIATION DA-2
THESE AIRCRAFT WILL NOT BE ON DISPLAY, BUT YOU MAY SEE THEM TAKE OFF AND LAND.
US AIR FORCE – F-22
US AIR FORCE – F-35
Who Will Be in The Festival Village Area
Jad's Caddy Shack
Armed Forces Store
Aviation and Military Collectibles
Dream Photo (pictures taken in an F4 cockpit on the ramp)
Creative Occasions (face painting)
Brett Aviation (flight school)
Middle River Aviation (flight school)
Strayer University Race Car
US Navy Sea Cadets
US Coast Guard
CCBC Aviation Program
For more information, go to visitmaryland.org, click here to view the official press release, or visit them on Facebook.