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Thunderbirds release 2013 show schedule, prepare for 60th anniversary

Posted 12/12/2012   Updated 12/12/2012 Email story   Print story

    


Release Number: 041212

12/12/2012 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- 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.

We've completed our 2012 show season and are now training for next year. Our 2013 show season schedule is as follows:

■Feb 24 -- Daytona Beach, Fla. (Daytona 500 NASCAR Race Fly-by only)
■Mar 6 -- Nellis AFB, Nev. (COMACC Approval Show)
■Mar 10 -- Las Vegas, Nev. (Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Race Fly-by only)
■Mar 12 -- Creech AFB, Nev. (Appreciation Show)
■Mar 16, 17 -- Luke AFB, Ariz.
■Mar  23, 24 -- Titusville, Fla.
■Mar 26-31 -- Down (Easter Break--Mar 31 is Easter Sunday)
■Apr 6, 7 -- TBD
■Apr 13, 14 -- TBD
■Apr 20, 21 -- Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
■Apr 27, 28 -- TBD
■May 4, 5 -- Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
■May 11, 12 -- Martinsburg, W.Va.
■May 18, 19 -- Fairchild AFB, Wash.
■May 25, 26 -- Wantagh (Jones Beach), N.Y.
■May 29 -- USAF Academy, Colo. (Academy Graduation)
■Jun 1, 2 -- Rochester, N.Y.
■Jun 8 -- Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
■Jun 15, 16 -- Ypsilanti, Mich.
■Jun 22, 23 -- Dayton, Ohio
■Jun 29, 30 -- Myrtle Beach, S.C.
■Jul 6, 7 -- Battle Creek, Mich.
■Jul 10-15 -- Down (Mid-Season Break)
■Jul 20, 21 -- Kalispell, Mont.
■Jul 24 -- Cheyenne (F. E. Warren AFB), Wyo.
■Jul 31 -- Oshkosh, Wis.
■Aug 3, 4 -- Milwaukee, Wis.
■Aug 10, 11 -- Burlington, Vt.
■Aug 17, 18 -- Chicago, Ill.
■Aug 22-Sep 30 -- Pacific/Asia Tour-dates and locations TBD
■Oct 1-6 -- Down (Post Deployment Break)
■Oct 12, 13 -- Rome, Ga.
■Oct 19, 20 -- Cocoa Beach, Fla.
■Oct 26, 27 -- Houston, Texas
■Nov 2, 3 -- Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
■Nov 9, 10 -- Nellis AFB, Nev.



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