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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 2018 season kicks off with the Thunderbirds' first public flyover at the 2018 Daytona 500 in February, followed by a full schedule at various US venus from March to November including a stop at the 2018 Chicago Air & Water Show in August.

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 2018 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.

2018 Thunderbirds 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”

November 3-4: Homestead ARB, Florida – “Wings Over Homestead”

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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