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Thunderbirds in performanceNow in their landhmark 65th 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 2022 season kicks off with the Thunderbirds' first public flyover at the 2022 Daytona 500 in February, followed by a full schedule at various US venus from March to Novermber.

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 2022 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.

2022 Thunderbirds schedule

February 2022
13: Daytona 500 Flyover, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Florida

March 2022
19-20: Luke Days Air & Space Expo; Luke AFB, Arizona
26-27: Wings Over Columbus; Columbus AFB, Mississippi

April 2022
2-3: Thunder Over the Midlands; Shaw AFB, South Carolina
9-10: SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo; Lakeland, Florida
23-34: JBSA Kelly Field Air & Space Show; JB San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
30-May 1: Fort Lauderdale Air Show; Fort Lauderdale, Florida

May 2022
14-15: March Field Air & Space Expo; March ARB, California
25: USAFA Graduation 2022 Flyover; Colorado Springs, Colorado

June 2022
4-5: Fort Wayne Open House & Air Show; Fort Wayne, Indiana
11-12: OC Air Show; Ocean City, Maryland
18-19: Grand Forks AFB Air Show; Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota
25-26: Warriors Over the Wasatch Air & Space Show; Hill AFB, Utah

July 2022
2-3: Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival; Battle Creek, Michigan
16-17: Duluth Air and Aviation Expo; Duluth, Minnesota
23-24: Fight Over the Falls; Great Falls, Montana
27: Cheyenne Frontier Days; Cheyenne, Wyoming
30-31: Arctic Thunder Air Show; JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

August 2022
20-21: Chicago Air & Water Show; Chicago, Illinois
24: Atlantic City Air Show; Atlantic City, New Jersey
27-28: Scranton Armed Forces Air Show; Avoca, Pennsylvania

September 2022
3-4: KC Air Show; New Century, Kansas
10-11: Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore; Baltimore, Maryland
17-18: JB Andrews Air Show; JB Andrews, Maryland
24-25: Frontiers in Flight Open House & Air Show; McConnell AFB, Kansas

October 2022
1-2: The Great Pacific Air Show; Huntington Beach, California
15-16: Aerospace Valley Air Show; Edwards AFB, California
22-23: Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show; Fort Worth, Texas
29-30: Central Florida Air & Space Show; Sanford, Florida

November 2022
5-6: Aviation Nation Air Show; Nellis AFB, Nevada

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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