The AllianceTexas Aviation Expo is dedicated to bringing family entertainment to North Texas, supporting local communities and opening doors to a variety of career paths in aviation and aerospace.
Founded in 1991, the Alliance Air Show was known as the Fort Worth International Air Show and was produced by the Aviation Heritage Association, a nonprofit organization. The Aviation Heritage Association was under contract with the City of Fort Worth to conduct the air show for the local North Texas Community. The mission of the Heritage Association was to dedicate funds to building the Aviation Heritage Museum and Educational Training Center.
The Fort Worth International Air Show, held at Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW), entertained thousands of people and was supported by numerous volunteers. During this time, staff members at Alliance Air Management, dba Alliance Air Services supported this event by coordinating static aircraft and ramp logistics.
In December of 2005, the Aviation Heritage Association elected to get out of the air show business. The City of Fort Worth approached Alliance Air Services, the entity that manages the Fort Worth Alliance Airport under a multi-year contract with the City of Fort Worth, to continue the production of the air show for the North Texas community. In 2006, Alliance Air Services created a nonprofit organization called Alliance Air Productions, a Hillwood entity, to produce the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show.
Since the opening of Fort Worth Alliance Airport in December 1989, aircraft operations into AFW continue to flourish, and the surrounding airfield customer, including Amazon and FedEx, continue to expand their daily operations. In June 2022, AFW was identified as a Top 20 U.S. cargo airport with a 45% increase in aircraft landed weight from 2020 to 2021. This increased cargo operations, including corporate, government and private activity, have made it challenging to continue an air show that includes all-day aerial demonstrations.
In efforts to evolve with the change in growth and activity at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, Alliance Air Productions has chosen to rebrand the event to include a new name, new entertainment schedule and modified event features. In 2022, Alliance Air Productions introduced the AllianceTexas Aviation Expo.
Alliance Air Productions hosts Boy Scouts from the Longhorn Council of Fort Worth and the Circle Ten Council of Dallas to participate in an Aviation Merit Badge class at Tarrant County College. Taught by local business owners, pilots, aircraft mechanics and staff from Alliance Air Productions, Boy Scouts work in groups in comprehensive sessions to complete the Aviation Merit Badge requirements.
In the past, Alliance Air Productions has hosted over 400 students from Fort Worth, Northwest, Keller, Birdville and Crowley school districts with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). This effort is to help inspire and ignite their passion in aviation. The Creative Media Production Academy group from Northwest High School is part of our Youth Ambassador Program that helps students enhance their skills and portfolio through opportunities including, conducting performer interviews and shooting video and photography.
In addition, over 100 Make-A-Wish children and their families have attended the air show to experience an exclusive meet and greet with the jet team for autographs and pictures with pilots. This special event gives local children with life-threatening medical conditions a rare chance to witness the grace and glory of aerobatic performers. The jet team also visits Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth as further outreach to young children.
Since 2006, the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show (now known as the AllianceTexas Aviation Expo) has distributed more than $780,000 of its proceeds to more than 80 nonprofit organizations across North Texas. With the purpose of sustaining, promoting and educating the public about aviation and the aeronautic sciences, the AllianceTexas Aviation Expo is dedicated to giving back to the community and giving each generation a taste of the history and future of aviation.
Walter A. “Dub” Blessing Aviation Scholarship
International Council of Air Shows Foundation Scholarships
Women in Aviation Scholarships