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Thunderbirds in performanceNow in their 64th year of wowing audiences, the US Airforce Thunderbirds -- "America's Ambassadors in Blue" -- can always be relied upon for breathtakingly spectacular performances at air shows and special events coast to coast.

This year, the Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform public demonstrations at 35 locations throughout the US.

The 2019 season kicks off with the Thunderbirds' first public flyover at the 2019 Daytona 500 in February, followed by a full schedule at various US venus from March to November.

The 130-person squadron represents the more than 500,000 active duty, guard, and reserve airmen serving at home and abroad.

Just up ahead, check out more information on the US Airforce Thunderbirds including fun facts and trivia, and the full 2019 Thunderbirds schedule for where they will be appearing this year at a location near you :

DID YOU KNOW? Thunderbirds fun facts

• The original show in 1953 consisted of a series of formation aerobatics and lasted all of 15 minutes.

• The Thunderbirds were originally known as the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, but eventually adopted the name "Thunderbirds" in honor of the Native American culture and folklore of the Southwest where they were based at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

• The Thunderbirds made both television and NASCAR history in 2003 while celebrating their 50th Anniversary. The unit's leader started the Coca-Cola 600 by broadcasting live from the Thunderbirds No. 1 cockpit and announcing, “Gentlemen, start your engines.”

• In addition to US mainland performances the Thunderbirds perform in Hawaii and Alaska, and enjoy a worldwide reputation with goodwill tours in countries throughout Europe and the Far East.

2019 Thunderbirds schedule

February 17: Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Flyover)

March 3: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev. (Flyover)
March 14: Creech Appreciation Day, Indian Springs, Nev.
March 23-24: Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. – “Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona”
March 30-31: Travis AFB, Calif.

April 6-7: Waco, Texas – “Heart of Texas Air Show”
April 13-14: Open Date
April 27-28: Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. – “Wings over Wayne Open House”

May 4-5: Keesler, AFB, Miss.
May 11-12: JB Andrews, Md. – “JB Andrews Air Show”
May 18: Kirtland AFB, N.M. – “Kirtland AFB Air Show”
May 25-26: Wantagh, N.Y. – “Jones Beach Air Show”
May 30: USAF Academy, Colo.

June 1-2: Offutt AFB, Neb. – “Defenders of Freedom Air Show”
June 8-9: Fort Wayne, Ind. – “Fort Wayne Air show”
June 15-16: Mankato, Minn. – “Minnesota Air Spectacular”
June 22-23: Dayton, Ohio – “Dayton Air Show”
June 29-30: North Kingstown, R.I.

July 13-14: Rionegro (Medellin), Colombia
July 20-21: Fargo, N.D. – “Fargo Air Show”
July 24: Cheyenne, Wyo. – “Cheyenne Frontier Days”
July 27-28: Milwaukee, Wisc. – “Milwaukee Air and Water Show”

Aug. 10-11: Abbotsford, British Columbia – “Abbotsford International Air Show”
Aug. 17-18: Sioux Falls, S.D. – “Sioux Falls Air Show”
Aug. 21: Atlantic City, N.J. – “Atlantic City Air Show”
Aug. 24-25: Rochester, N.Y. – “Rochester International Air Show”
Aug. 31- September 2: Cleveland, Ohio – “Cleveland National Air Show”

Sept. 7-8: Grissom ARB, Ind. – “Grissom Air Reserve Base Air Show”
Sept. 14-15: Reno, Nev. – “National Championship Air Races”
Sept. 21-22: NAS Oceana, Va. – “Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show”
Sept. 28-29: Robins AFB, Ga. – “Robins AFB Air Show”

Oct. 5-6: San Juan, Puerto Rico – “Puerto Rico International Air Show”
Oct. 12-13: Hampton, Ga. – “Atlanta Air Show”
Oct. 19-20: Houston, Texas – “Wings Over Houston Air Show”
Oct. 26-27: Sheppard AFB, Texas – “Sheppard AFB Air Show”

November 2-3: Punta Gorda, Fla. – “Florida International Air Show”
November 15-17: Nellis AFB, Nev. – “Aviation Nation”

NOTE: Please check the official Thunderbirds web site for the most up-to-date information.

More about Thunderbird air shows around the Web:

U.S. Air Force Thunderbird History

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds - Wikipedia

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