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The United States Air Force Thunderbirds Are Coming To Town!

22 January 2016 by

The Thunderbirds Diamond formation performs the echelon pass in review maneuver during the Joint Base San Antonio Air Show, Oct. 31, 2015, at JBSA, TX. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rachel Maxwell)


The Thunderbirds have the privilege and responsibility to perform for people all around the world, displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. In every hour-long demonstration, the team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to showcase what the Air Force is all about.

The sharply choreographed, drill-style ground ceremony kicks off the demonstration by showcasing the attention to detail and esprit de corps that defines our enlisted members. As the jets take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, the crowd gets a glimpse of the awesome skills and capabilities that all fighter pilots must possess. The solo pilots integrate their own loud and proud routine, exhibiting some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon – the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet.

Starting in 2016, the team will move to a two year schedule to reflect the 2016 and 2017 show seasons.

The flying unit, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will perform its first public flyover of 2016 at the opening of the Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla.

2016 Show Season Schedule:

Feb. 21: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Flyover)

March 6: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev. (Flyover)

March 12-13: Davis Monthan AFB, Ariz.

March 19-20: MacDill AFB, Fla.

April 2-3: Luke AFB, Ariz.

April 9-10: Lake City, Fla.

April 16-17: March Air Reserve Base, Calif.

April 23-24: Langley AFB, Va.

April 30 – May 1: Barksdale AFB, La.

May 7-8: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

May 14-15: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

May 21-22: Shaw AFB, S.C.

May 28-29: Cannon AFB, N.M.

June 2: USAF Academy, Colo.

June 4-5: Kirtland AFB, N.M.

June 11-12: North Kingstown, R.I.

June 18-19: Ocean City, Md.

June 25-26: Hill AFB, Utah

July 2-4: Battle Creek, Mich.

July 9-10: Duluth, Minn.

July 16-17: Toledo, Ohio

July 23: Vance AFB, Okla.

July 27: Cheyenne, Wyo.

July 30-31: Offutt AFB, Neb.

Aug. 13-14: Burlington, Vt.

Aug. 17: Atlantic City, N.J.

Aug. 20-21: Chicago, Ill.

Aug. 27-28: Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Sept. 3-4: New Windsor, N.Y.

Sept. 10-11: Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Sept. 17-18: Sheppard AFB, Texas

Sept. 24-25: Salinas, Calif.

Oct. 1-2: Robins AFB, Ga.

Oct. 8-9: Daytona Beach, Fla.

Oct 15-16: Ft. Worth, Texas

Oct 22-23: Huntington Beach, Calif.

Oct 29-30: Rome, Ga.

Nov 5-6: Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla.

Nov 12-13: Nellis AFB, Nev.

Learn more about The USAF Thunderbirds on their website.

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