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U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will return to South Florida to headline the Fort Lauderdale Air Show flown from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport when it soars over Fort Lauderdale Beach on May 2-3, 2020!   The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon and perform a combination of formation and solo maneuvers in an inspiring... View Article


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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will return to South Florida to headline the Fort Lauderdale Air Show flown from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport when it soars over Fort Lauderdale Beach on May 2-3, 2020!

 

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon and perform a combination of formation and solo maneuvers in an inspiring high energy demonstration. The four-jet diamond performs precision formation flight with the aircraft wingtips as close as 4 feet apart while executing loops, inverted rolls and even high performance turns!  The two solo aircraft highlight some of the extreme capabilities of the F-16 executing maneuvers as low as 100 feet off the ground with some at speeds of over 700mph.  During the high speed maneuvers the shock cone is sometimes visible as the jet teeters on the edge of the sound barrier!  The show concludes with all six jets coming together in the delta formation dramatically increasing the difficulty of flying in close proximity.  In all, the pilots perform approximately 20 maneuvers during the full demonstration that lasts approximately 45 minutes.

 

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The Thunderbirds are the Air Force’s Ambassadors in Blue and are officially designated as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron. They represent the 500,000 men and women of the United States Air Force and showcase the capabilities of modern, high-performance fighter aircraft and the high degree of professional skill required to operate them. The Thunderbirds squadron is composed of eight pilots, four support officers, four civilians and more than 100 enlisted personnel.

 

During a typical season the Thunderbirds perform an average of 70 air demonstrations in 35 cities throughout the nation. More than 280 million people in all 50 states and 57 foreign countries have seen the Thunderbirds perform.

 

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  1. Sue says:

    Wondering when admission started being charged for air shows? Who is making the money off the demonstration teams performing? We already support them with our tax dollars. How can they then be used to collect admission? I always thought the purpose was for recruitment?

    • FL Air Show says:

      Hi Sue, so to clarify, there are two types of air shows – ones that are sponsored and entirely paid for by the Department of Defense (and therefore by the tax payer), which are typically held on Air Force bases, and public events that are run on airports and other area attractions that are coordinated independently and feature both military and civilian acts, for which we have to pay for performer time, labor, fuel, city permits, storage space and all of the details that go into such a show. The Fort Lauderdale Air Show held on Fort Lauderdale Beach is and has always been the latter type of show. You are free to attend or not attend as you see fit.

    • FL Air Show says:

      Hi there, please clarify what you are seeking information regarding? Thanks so much! Not sure what this message means.

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