The highly acclaimed USAF Aerobatic Team composed of six F-16 fighter jets will take part in nearly 40 events during the 2018 show season.

USAF Thunderbirds 2018 Airshow Season
USAF Thunderbirds 2018 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 appearance of 2018 at Daytona Beach, Feb. 18.

USAF Thunderbirds 2018 Show Season Schedule

February 18: Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Florida (Flyover)

March 24-25: Melbourne, Florida – “Melbourne Air & Space Show”

April 7-8: March ARB, California – “March Field Air & Space Expo” CANCELLED
April 14-15: Lakeland, Florida – “Sun-N-Fun Fly-In & Expo” CANCELLED
April 21-22: Columbus AFB, Mississippi – “Wings over Columbus” CANCELLED
April 28: JB Charleston, South Carolina – “Charleston Air Expo” CANCELLED

May 5-6: Fort Lauderdale, Florida – “Fort Lauderdale Air Show” CANCELLED
May 12: Laughlin AFB, Texas – “Laughlin AFB Open House CANCELLED
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 ARS, 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-Richardson, 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”

Source: USAF Thunderbirds

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