NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The United States Air Force Thunderbirds announced the military and civilian show sites of the year for the 2017 show season.
The Wings Over Pittsburgh Air Show was awarded the Military Air Show Site of the Year and the National Cherry Festival-Air Show in Traverse City, Mich. Was awarded Civilian Air Show Site of the Year.
“The entire squadron, all 12 officers and 120 enlisted, vote on the award,” said Maj. Erik Gonsalves, Thunderbird #8/Advance Pilot and Narrator. “The votes are based on the best adherence to the support manual, organization, and who showed above and beyond care for not just the Thunderbird team but all air show performers, volunteers and staff.”
The Thunderbirds have been presenting this award to the best military show site and the best civilian show site since 2009.
“The Show Site of the Year award highlights to the air show industry what show sites are putting on the best show,” Gonsalves said. “We ultimately look at how these shows help us in our goal of recruiting, retaining, and inspiring the next generation of Airmen.”
The Thunderbirds are currently training for the 2018 show season which includes 73 demonstrations in 39 locations around the country and in Toronto, Canada.