Show Season

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.

The flying unit, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will perform its first public flyover of 2017 at Houston, Texas for Super Bowl LI.

2018 Show Season Schedule:

February: Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Florida (Flyover)

March 10-11: Luke AFB, Arizona – “Luke Air Force Base Airshow”

March 17-18: Melbourne, Florida – “Melbourne Air & Space Show”

March 24-25: Dobbins ARB, Georgia – “Wings Over Atlanta”

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, 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, 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”

November 10-11: Nellis AFB, Nevada – “Aviation Nation Open House”

2019 Show Season Schedule:

February: Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Florida (Flyover)

March 23-24: Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona – “Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona”

March 30-31: Tyndall AFB, Florida – “Gulf Coast Salute Air Show”

April 6-7: Waco, Texas – “Heart of Texas Air Show”

April 8-9: Maxwell AFB, Alabama – “Maxwell AFB Gathering of Eagles”

April 13-14: Biloxi, Mississippi – “Salute to the Military Air Show”

April 27-28: Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina – “Wings over Wayne Open House”

May 4-5: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – “Wings over Myrtle Beach”

May 11-12: JB Andrews, Maryland – “JB Andrews Air Show”

May 18: Kirtland AFB, New Mexico – “Kirtland AFB Air Show”

May 22: USAF Academy, Colorado

May 25-26: Wantagh, New York – “Jones Beach Air Show”

June 1-2: Offutt AFB, Nebraska – “Defenders of Freedom Air Show”

June 15-16: Mankato, Minnesota – “Minnesota Air Spectacular”

June 22-23: Dayton, Ohio – “Dayton Air Show”

June 29-30: North Kingstown, Rhode Island – “Rhode Island Air Show”

July 6-7: Fort Wayne, Indiana – “Fort Wayne Air show”

July 13-14: Open

July 20-21: Fargo, North Dakota – “Fargo Air Show”

July 24: Cheyenne, Wyoming – “Cheyenne Frontier Days”

July 27-28: Milwaukee, Wisconsin – “Milwaukee Air and Water Show”

August 10-11: Abbotsford, British Columbia – “Abbotsford International Air Show”

August 17-18: Sioux Falls, South Dakota – “Sioux Falls Air Show”

August 21: Atlantic City, New Jersey – “Atlantic City Air Show”

August 24-25: Rochester, New York – “Rochester International Air Show”

August 21- September 2: Cleveland, Ohio – “Cleveland National Air Show”

September 7-8: Grissom ARB, Indiana – “Grissom Air Reserve Base Air Show”

September 14-15: Reno, Nevada – “National Championship Air Races”

September 21-22: NAS Oceana, Virginia – “Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show”

September 28-29: Robins AFB, Georgia – “Robins AFB Air Show”

October 5-6: San Juan, Puerto Rico – “Puerto Rico International Air Show”

October 12-13: Hampton, Georgia – “Atlanta Air Show”

October 19-20: Houston, Texas – “Wings Over Houston Air Show”

October 26-27: Sheppard AFB, Texas – “Sheppard AFB Air Show”

November 2-3: Punta Gorda, Florida – “Florida International Air Show”

November 9-10: Nellis AFB, Nevada – “Aviation Nation”

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. Please check show sites for prices, the Thunderbirds do not have that information.

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