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Thunderbirds Over Golden Gate Bridge

The Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds Delta flies over the Golden Gate Bridge. The Thunderbirds were returning from the California Capital City Air Show to Nellis Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Corkins)

The Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds Delta flies over the Golden Gate Bridge.  The Thunderbirds were returning from the California Capital City Air Show to Nellis Air Force Base.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt.  Ashley Corkins)

The Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds Delta flies over the Golden Gate Bridge. The Thunderbirds were returning from the California Capital City Air Show to Nellis Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Corkins)

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Thunderbirds Over Monument Valley

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds conduct a photo mission over Monument Valley National Park while returning from McConnell Air Force Base, September 10, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Ray Geoffroy)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds conduct a photo mission over Monument Valley National Park while returning from McConnell Air Force Base, September 10, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Ray Geoffroy)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds conduct a photo mission over Monument Valley while returning from McConnell Air Force Base, September 10, 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Maj. Ray Geoffroy)

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Thunderbirds Refueling Over Monument Valley

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds conduct aerial refueling prior to a photo mission over Monument Valley National Park while returning from McConnell Air Force Base, September 10, 2018.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds conduct aerial refueling prior to a photo mission over Monument Valley National Park while returning from McConnell Air Force Base, September 10, 2018.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds conduct aerial refueling prior to a photo mission over Monument Valley National Park while returning from McConnell Air Force Base, September 10, 2018.

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Thunderbirds Opposing Solo

The U.S. Air Force aerial demonstration team known as the Thunderbirds preform precision flying during an air show commemorating the celebration of the U.S. Air Forces 70 year anniversary over the 120th Airlift Wing Great Falls, Nevada, July 22, 2017. The Thunderbirds will preforming the rest of the weekend during the Flight over the Falls air show hosted by the 120th Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by: Staff Sgt. Nieko Carzis.)

The U.S. Air Force aerial demonstration team known as the Thunderbirds preform precision flying during an air show commemorating the celebration of the U.S. Air Forces 70 year anniversary over the 120th Airlift Wing Great Falls, Nevada, July 22, 2017. The Thunderbirds will preforming the rest of the weekend during the Flight over the Falls air show hosted by the 120th Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by: Staff Sgt. Nieko Carzis.)

The U.S. Air Force aerial demonstration team known as the Thunderbirds preform precision flying during an air show commemorating the celebration of the U.S. Air Forces 70 year anniversary over the 120th Airlift Wing Great Falls, Nevada, July 22, 2017. The Thunderbirds will preforming the rest of the weekend during the Flight over the Falls air show hosted by the 120th Airlift Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by: Staff Sgt. Nieko Carzis.)

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Thunderbirds Back In The Air

Thunderbirds conduct their first training flight on April 18, 2018, following an aircraft mishap on April 4. The mishap, which occurred over the Nevada Test and Training Range, claimed the life of Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, Thunderbird #4/Slot Pilot. The training sortie is one of many the team will conduct over the coming weeks to strengthen team confidence and maintain proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ned T. Johnston)

Thunderbirds conduct their first training flight on April 18, 2018, following an aircraft mishap on April 4. The mishap, which occurred over the Nevada Test and Training Range, claimed the life of Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, Thunderbird #4/Slot Pilot. The training sortie is one of many the team will conduct over the coming weeks to strengthen team confidence and maintain proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ned T. Johnston)

Thunderbirds conduct their first training flight on April 18, 2018, following an aircraft mishap on April 4. The mishap, which occurred over the Nevada Test and Training Range, claimed the life of Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, Thunderbird #4/Slot Pilot. The training sortie is one of many the team will conduct over the coming weeks to strengthen team confidence and maintain proficiency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ned T. Johnston)

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Thunderbird & T-38 Formation

Maj. Nick Krajicek, Thunderbird #4, flies in a two-ship formation with retired Lt. Col. Dale Cooke, former Thunderbird #4, over Tyndall Air Force Base and Panama City, Fla., April 21, 2017. The T-38 in the formation was the same jet Cooke flew during his tenure on the team. The Thunderbirds transitioned from the T-38 to the F-16 in 1982. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Boitz)

Maj. Nick Krajicek, Thunderbird #4, flies in a two-ship formation with retired Lt. Col. Dale Cooke, former Thunderbird #4, over Tyndall Air Force Base and Panama City, Fla., April 21, 2017. The T-38 in the formation was the same jet Cooke flew during his tenure on the team. The Thunderbirds transitioned from the T-38 to the F-16 in 1982. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Boitz)

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USAF Thunderbirds 2018 Schedule

A pilot for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, flys away from the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker operated by an aircrew from the 931st Air Refueling Wing, Nov. 2, 2017. The aircrew performed multiple refuelings in to help the team make a non-stop, long-distance flight to Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The KC-135 provided cross-country air refueling support for the Thunderbirds. The squadron was on their way to perform at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The squadron performs 75 demonstrations each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein)

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.

The flying unit, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will perform its first public flyover of 2018 at Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Florida.

2018 Show Season Schedule:

February 18: Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Florida (Flyover)

March 24-25: Melbourne, Florida – “Melbourne Air & Space Show”

April 7-8: March ARB, California – “March Field Air & Space Expo”

April 14-15: Lakeland, Florida – “Sun-N-Fun Fly-In & Expo”

April 21-22: Columbus AFB, Mississippi – “Wings over Columbus”

April 28: JB Charleston, South Carolina – “Charleston Air Expo”

May 5-6: Fort Lauderdale, Florida – “Fort Lauderdale Air Show”

May 12: Laughlin AFB, Texas – “Laughlin AFB Open House

May 19-20: Langley AFB, Virginia – “AirPower Over Hampton Roads”

May 23: USAF Academy, Colorado

May 26-27: Cannon AFB, New Mexico – “Cannon AFB Air Show”

June 2-3: Mountain Home AFB, Idaho – “Gunfighter Skies 2018 Air Show”

June 9-10: Niagara Falls ARS, New York – “Thunder Over Niagara”

June 16-17: Ocean City, Maryland – “OC Air Show”

June 23-24: Hill AFB, Utah – “The Utah Air Show”

June 30-1 July: JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska – “Arctic Thunder Air Show”

July 7-8: Duluth, Minnesota – “Duluth Air and Aviation Expo”

July 14-15: Westover ARB, Massachusetts – “The Great New England Air Show”

July 21-22: Milwaukee, Wisconsin – “Milwaukee Air & Water Show”

July 25: Cheyenne, Wyoming – “Frontier Days Air Show”

July 28-29: Latrobe, Pennsylvania – “Westmoreland County Air Show”

August 4: Minot AFB, North Dakota – “Minot AFB Air Show”

August 18-19: Chicago, Illinois – “60th Chicago Air & Water Show”

August 22: Atlantic City, New Jersey – “Thunder over the Boardwalk”

August 25-26: Ypsilanti, Michigan – “Thunder Over Michigan Air Show”

September 1-3: Toronto, Canada – “Canadian International Air Show”

September 8-9: McConnell AFB, Kansas – “McConnell AFB Open House”

September 15-16: New Windsor, New York – “New York Air Show”

September 22-23: Mather, California – “California Capital Air Show”

September 29-30: Salinas, California – “California International Airshow”

October 6-7: Baltimore, Maryland – “Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show”

October 13-14: Fort Worth, Texas – “Fort Worth Alliance Air Show”

October 20-21: Huntington Beach, California – “Breitling Huntington Beach Air Show”

October 27-28: Little Rock AFB, Arkansas – “Thunder Over the Rock”

 

A pilot for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, flys away from the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker operated by an aircrew from the 931st Air Refueling Wing, Nov. 2, 2017. The aircrew performed multiple refuelings in to help the team make a non-stop, long-distance flight to Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The KC-135 provided cross-country air refueling support for the Thunderbirds. The squadron was on their way to perform at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The squadron performs 75 demonstrations each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein)

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Thunderbird Ready for Taxi

Noelani Mathews, multimedia journalist, and Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, U.S. Air Force Thunderbird pilot No. 7, sit in the cockpit before her media flight in an F-16D Fighting Falcon, Oct. 27, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The Thunderbirds, based out of Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., are the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, performing at air shows and special events worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Noelani Mathews, multimedia journalist, and Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, U.S. Air Force Thunderbird pilot No. 7, sit in the cockpit before her media flight in an F-16D Fighting Falcon, Oct. 27, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The Thunderbirds, based out of Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., are the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, performing at air shows and special events worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

Noelani Mathews, multimedia journalist, and Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, U.S. Air Force Thunderbird pilot No. 7, sit in the cockpit before her media flight in an F-16D Fighting Falcon, Oct. 27, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The Thunderbirds, based out of Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., are the Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team, performing at air shows and special events worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson)

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Thunderbird Air-to-Air

A pilot for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, flys away from the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker operated by an aircrew from the 931st Air Refueling Wing, Nov. 2, 2017. The aircrew performed multiple refuelings in to help the team make a non-stop, long-distance flight to Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The KC-135 provided cross-country air refueling support for the Thunderbirds. The squadron was on their way to perform at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The squadron performs 75 demonstrations each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein)

A pilot for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, flys away from the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker operated by an aircrew from the 931st Air Refueling Wing, Nov. 2, 2017. The aircrew performed multiple refuelings in to help the team make a non-stop, long-distance flight to Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The KC-135 provided cross-country air refueling support for the Thunderbirds. The squadron was on their way to perform at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The squadron performs 75 demonstrations each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein)

A pilot for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, flys away from the boom of a KC-135 Stratotanker operated by an aircrew from the 931st Air Refueling Wing, Nov. 2, 2017. The aircrew performed multiple refuelings in to help the team make a non-stop, long-distance flight to Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The KC-135 provided cross-country air refueling support for the Thunderbirds. The squadron was on their way to perform at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The squadron performs 75 demonstrations each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Abigail Klein)

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Thunderbird Sunrise

A U.S. Air Force F-16 “Thunderbird” sits on the flight line during sunrise at the 177th Fighter Wing, Air National Guard Base in Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 23, 2017. The Thunderbirds, an Aerial Demonstration Squadron, performed at the Atlantic City Air Show, Thunder over the Boardwalk, in Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 22-23, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cristina J. Allen/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 “Thunderbird” sits on the flight line during sunrise at the 177th Fighter Wing, Air National Guard Base in Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 23, 2017. The Thunderbirds, an Aerial Demonstration Squadron, performed at the Atlantic City Air Show, Thunder over the Boardwalk, in Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 22-23, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cristina J. Allen/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-16 “Thunderbird” sits on the flight line during sunrise at the 177th Fighter Wing, Air National Guard Base in Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 23, 2017. The Thunderbirds, an Aerial Demonstration Squadron, performed at the Atlantic City Air Show, Thunder over the Boardwalk, in Atlantic City, N.J., Aug. 22-23, 2017. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Cristina J. Allen/Released)

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USAF Thunderbirds

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Flight Demonstration Team soars above Moody Air Force Base during Thunder Over South Georgia, Oct. 28, 2017. The Thunderbirds performed twists, turns and rolls at high speeds demonstrating the prowess and capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.