The Thunderbirds have the privilege and responsibility to perform for people all around the world, displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. In every hour-long demonstration, the team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to showcase what the Air Force is all about.
The sharply choreographed, drill-style ground ceremony kicks off the demonstration by showcasing the attention to detail and esprit de corps that defines our enlisted members. As the jets take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, the crowd gets a glimpse of the awesome skills and capabilities that all fighter pilots must possess. The solo pilots integrate their own loud and proud routine, exhibiting some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon – the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet.
Starting in 2016, the team will move to a two year schedule to reflect the 2016 and 2017 show seasons.
The flying unit, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will perform its first public flyover of 2016 at the opening of the Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla.
2016 Show Season Schedule:
Feb. 21: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Flyover)
March 6: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev. (Flyover)
March 12-13: Davis Monthan AFB, Ariz.
March 19-20: MacDill AFB, Fla.
April 2-3: Luke AFB, Ariz.
April 9-10: Lake City, Fla.
April 16-17: March Air Reserve Base, Calif.
April 23-24: Langley AFB, Va.
April 30 – May 1: Barksdale AFB, La.
May 7-8: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
May 14-15: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
May 21-22: Shaw AFB, S.C.
May 28-29: Cannon AFB, N.M.
June 2: USAF Academy, Colo.
June 4-5: Kirtland AFB, N.M.
June 11-12: North Kingstown, R.I.
June 18-19: Ocean City, Md.
June 25-26: Hill AFB, Utah
July 2-4: Battle Creek, Mich.
July 9-10: Duluth, Minn.
July 12: MLB All-Star Game, San Diego, Calif. (Flyover)
July 16-17: Toledo, Ohio
July 23: Vance AFB, Okla.
July 27: Cheyenne, Wyo.
July 30-31: Offutt AFB, Neb.
Aug. 13-14: Burlington, Vt.
Aug. 17: Atlantic City, N.J.
Aug. 20-21: Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 27-28: Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Sept. 3-4: New Windsor, N.Y.
Sept. 10-11: Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Sept. 17-18: Sheppard AFB, Texas
Sept. 24-25: Salinas, Calif.
Oct. 1-2: Robins AFB, Ga.
Oct. 8-9: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Oct 15-16: Ft. Worth, Texas
Oct 22-23: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Oct 29-30: Rome, Ga.
Nov 5-6: Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla.
Nov 12-13: Nellis AFB, Nev.
2017 Show Season Schedule:
Feb. 26: Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Flyover)
March 11-12: Titusville, Fla.
March 18-19: Waco, Texas
March 25-26: Lancaster, Calif.
April 1-2: Melbourne, Fla.
April 8: Maxwell AFB, Ala.
April 22-23: Tyndall AFB, Fla.
April 29-30: Lake Charles, La.
May 6-7: Travis AFB, Calif.
May 13-14: Pittsburgh, Pa.
May 20-21: Tinker ADB, Okla.
May 27-28: Wantagh (Jones Beach), N.Y.
June 1: USAF Academy, Colo.
June 3-4: Rockford, Ill.
June 10-11: Scott AFB, Ill.
June 17-18: Youngstown Air Reserve Base, Ohio
June 24-25: Dayton, Ohio
July 1-2: Traverse City, Mich.
July 8-9: Gary, Ind.
July 15-16: Open Date
July 22-23: Great Falls, Mont.
July 26: Cheyenne, Wyo.
July 29-20: Fairchild AFB, Wash.
Aug 12-13: Westfield (Barnes Air National Guard Base), Mass.
Aug 19-20: Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich.
Aug 23: Atlantic City, N.J.
Aug 26-27: Dover AFB, Del.
Sept 2-4: Cleveland, Ohio
Sept 9-10: Altus AFB, Okla.
Sept 16-17: Joint Base Andrews, Md.
Sept 23-24: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sept. 30- Oct. 1: Grand Junction, Colo.
Oct. 7-8: Minden, Nev.
Oct 14-15: Phoenix (Speedway), Ariz.
Oct 21-22: Houston, Texas
Oct 28-29: Moody AFB, Ga.
Nov 4-5: Joint Base San Antonio Lackland-Kelly, Texas
Nov 11-12: Nellis AFB, Nev.
Admission to air shows at military installations are generally free and open to the public. Cost for attendees at civilian air show sites may vary.