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Thunderbirds in performanceNow in their 67th year of wowing audiences, the US Air Force 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 more than 30 locations throughout the US.

Just up ahead, check out more information on the US Air Force Thunderbirds including fun facts and trivia, and the full 2024 Thunderbirds schedule for where they will be appearing this year at a location near you.

The 2024 season kicks off with the Thunderbirds' first public flyovers of the year -- the 2024 Super Bowl and the 2024 Daytona 500 in February -- followed by a full schedule at venues nationwide 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.

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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 race that year by broadcasting live from the Thunderbirds No. 1 cockpit to announce: “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.

2024 Thunderbirds schedule

Date Location
February 11, 2024 2024 Super Bowl Flyover
Las Vegas, NV
February 18, 2024 2024 Daytona 500 Flyover
Daytona, FL
March 23-24, 2024 Luke Days Air and Space Expo
Luke AFB, Glendale, AZ
March 29-30, 2024 Tampa Bay AirFest
MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL
April 6-7, 2024 The Great Texas Airshow
JB San Antonio, TX
April 6-7, 2024 Aviation Nation
Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV
April 9-14, 2024 SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo
Lakeland, FL
April 19-21, 2024 JB Charleston Air & Space Expo
JB Charleston, SC
April 20-21, 2024 Orlando Air and Space Show
Sanford, FL
April 27-28, 2024 Guardians of Freedom Air Show
Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX
May 4-5, 2024 Gulf Coast Salute
Panama City Beach, FL
May 11-12, 2024 Fort Lauderdale Air Show
Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 18-19, 2024 Duluth Air & Aviation Expo
Duluth, MN
May 30, 2024 US Air Force Academy Graduation
USAFA, Colorado Springs, CO
June 2, 2024 Holloman AFB: Legacy of Liberty
Holloman AFB, Alamogordo, NM
June 8-9, 2024 Selfridge Air National Guard Base Open House & Air Show
Selfridge ANGB, Harrison Township, MI
June 15-16, 2024 Columbus Airshow
Rickenbacker ANGB, Columbus, OH
June 29-30, 2024 Warriors Over the Wasatch Air & Space Show
Hill AFB, Ogden, UT
July 3-7, 2024 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival
Battle Creek, MI
July 13-14, 2024 Wings Over Whiteman
Whiteman AFB, MO
July 20-21, 2024 Arctic Thunder Air Show and Open House
JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, AK
July 24, 2024 Wings Over Warren
Warren AFB, Cheyenne, WY
July 27-28, 2024 Milwaukee Air & Water Show
Milwaukee, WI
August 3-4, 2024 Great State of Maine Air Show
Brunswick, ME
August 31-Sep 2, 2024 Oregon International Air Show (McMinnville)
McMinnville, OR
September 7-8, 2024 Aero Gatineau-Ottawa Airshow
Gatineau, QC
September 14-15, 2024 Sound of Speed Open House & Air Show
St. Joseph, MO
September 21-22, 2024 Wings Over Columbus
Columbus AFB, MS
September 28-29, 2024 California International Airshow
Salinas, CA
October 4-6, 2024 Pacific Airshow
Huntington Beach, CA
October 19-20, 2024 Aerospace Valley Air Show
Edwards AFB, CA
October 26-27, 2024 Thunder Over The Heartland
Topeka, KS
Nov 2-3 Nellis AFB: Aviation Nation


NOTE:Schedule subject to change. 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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