SBD Fest Returns to San Bernardino

By on October 10, 2017
Air Show Coming to Inland Empire

Back for a third year, the San Bernardino International Airport will once again host the SBD Fest. The event has grown into a two-day affair running October 21 & 22 and will feature spectacular aerobatic performances headlined by the Patriots Jet Team. Patrons can also see classic vehicles and custom motorcycles while enjoying two days of live music and a kids’ zone for younger attendees.

The Patriots Jet Team, the headlining act for the show, is a civilian-owned demonstration team from the San Francisco Bay area. They fly a performance similar to that of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds or the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Organizers expanded the festival to a full weekend event so all members of the surrounding community could experience the sights and sounds of an energetic air show, car show and concert.

“Attendee feedback has been excellent for SBD Fest. We chose to expand the event and give attendees more of what they’re asking for,” says Monette Mendoza, Air Show Coordinator and Assistant Manager of Luxivair SBD.

Embracing strong regional interest in the air shows at the former Norton Air Force Base, SBD Fest h attendance has reached nearly 10,000 attendees each year. The festival reflects upon the former Air Force Base’s history and provides a great opportunity to see the development taking place at SBD International Airport. In 1992 the base Norton Air Force Base closed and was converted for civilian use. Today San Bernardino International Airport is home to an FBO, maintenance and overhaul businesses, and air cargo businesses.

“Quite a number of changes have taken place since last year’s SBD Fest,” says Mark Gibbs, director of aviation at the Airport. “The San Bernardino County Sheriffs’ Aviation Unit has taken full occupancy of their hangar facility. The GA Hangar complex is now open and is nearing capacity, and World Wide Wings, a professional pilot school is on schedule to open this fall.”

Numerous ticket options are available, including 2-day family packs and preferred tented seating, to enjoy the entire weekend or just one day of the event. For more information or to learn how to participate in SBD Fest, visit