NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, NV - The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, "Thunderbirds," publicly announced their 2011 air show schedule. The team is scheduled to perform nearly 70 shows in 25 states, 1 U.S. territory and 10 European countries. They will kickoff the 2011 season by performing a flyover for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500, Feb. 20.
"The entire team is excited to announce our schedule for 2011," said Lt. Col. Case Cunningham, Thunderbird No. 1, Commander/Leader. "Our team is anxious to get on the road to represent the nearly 700,000 Airmen serving today. We take pride in all they do, and the manner in which they are doing it, with integrity and excellence, while placing service before self, time and time again."
The second year commander says it will be an awesome opportunity to engage with our Allies across the Atlantic. "We look forward to illustrating the selfless commitment and visible pride America's Airmen have in what they are doing, and what they stand for, both at home and overseas," said Cunningham.
The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and about 110 enlisted people performing in more than 29 Air Force specialties.
A Thunderbirds' aerial demonstration is a mix of formation flying and solo routines. The pilots perform approximately 40 maneuvers in a demonstration. The entire show, including ground and air, runs about one hour. The air show season lasts from March to November, with the winter months used to train new members.
For more information about the Thunderbirds, visit www.airforce.com/thunderbirds
The schedule posted to this blog is subject to change without notice and is weather permitting, for everyones safety.
Stay tuned to the MMP blog and check the "Milcom Blog Guide to Airshows" section on the right hand side of this blog for links to other schedules and field reports from readers during the airshow season.
Don't forget to checkout our 12th annual Air Show Guide that will appear in the March 2011 issue of Monitoring Times magazine. It will be loaded with the latest frequencies (for US and foreign teams), combined schedules, and radio equipment recommendations to make your air show experience an enjoyable and pleasurable one.
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2011 Show Schedule
February 20 Daytona Beach, Florida - NASCAR Daytona 500 Fly-By
March 19-20 Luke AFB, Arizona - Thunder in the Desert - Luke AFB 70th Anniversary Airshow
March 26-27 Tyndall AFB, Florida - Tyndall AFB Era of Airpower Airshow 2011
April 2-3 Ceiba, Puerto Rico - Ceiba Air Show 2011
April 9 Charleston AFB, South Carolina - Charleston Air Expo 2011
April 16-17 Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina - Wings Over Wayne Airshow 2011
April 30 Beale AFB, California - 2011 Beale Air Show and Open House
May 1 Beale AFB, California - 2011 Beale Air Show and Open House
May 7-8 Smyrna, Tennessee - The Great Tennessee Air Show
May 14-15 Langley AFB, Virginia - Air Power Over Hampton Roads
May 21-22 Andrews AFB, Maryland - Joint Service Open House Andrews 2011 Air Show - The Blue Angel/Thunderbird Reunion Air Show, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AndrewsAirshow
May 25 USAF Academy, Colorado (Invitation Only Event) http://www.usafa.af.mil/
June 4-5 Çiğli Air Base, Izmir, Turkey - Çiğli-İzmir Air Show: 100th Anniversary Turkish Air Force
June 8 Baneasa Airport (Aurel Vlaicu International Airport), Bucharest, Romania
June 11-12 Jesolo AB, Venezia Province, Italy - Seafront Air Show
June 15 Karup AB, Denmark - Thunderbirds Display
June 18-19 Turku AB, Finland - Turku Air Show
June 21 Baltic's Flyover
June 25 Graf Ignatievo AB, Bulgaria - Thunderbirds Display
European Tour (continues)
July 2-3 RAF, Waddington, UK - RAF Waddington International Airshow
July 6-7 Koksijde AB, Belgium - Belgian Air Component 65th Anniversary Airshow
July 9-10 Off Weekend for the Team
July 16-17 Off Weekend for the Team
July 23-24 Dayton, Ohio - Vectren Dayton Air Show
July 27 Cheyenne, Wyoming - Cheyenne Frontier Days Air Show 2011
July 30-31 Travis AFB, California - http://www.travis.af.mil/
August 6-7 Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Milwaukee Air & Water Show, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Milwaukee-Air-Water-Show/44556696911
August 13-14 Portsmouth, New Hampshire - Boston-Portsmouth Air Show
August 17 Atlantic City, New Jersey - Thunder Over The Boardwalk, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thunder-Over-The-Boardwalk/262040578472
August 20-21 Chicago, Ilinois - Chicago Air & Water Show
August 27-28 Waterloo, Iowa - Waterloo Aviation Expo & Air Show
September 3-5 Cleveland, Ohio - Cleveland National Air Show
September 10-11 Niagara Falls, New York - Thunder of Niagara Air Show
September 15 Reno, Nevada - National Championship Air Races and Air Show
September 17-18 Mountain Home AFB, Idaho - Silver Wings of Idaho
September 24-25 Hill AFB, Utah - 2011 Hill AFB Open House and Air Show
October 1-2 Fort Smith, Arkansas - Fort Smith Air Show
October 8 Holloman AFB, New Mexico - Holloman AFB Open House 2011
October 15-16 Laughlin AFB, Texas - http://www.laughlin.af.mil/
October 22-23 Ft Worth, Texas - 2011 Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
October 29-30 Lafayette, Louisiana - Sertoma Cajun Air Festival 2011
November 5-6 MacDill AFB, Florida - MacDill Airfest 2011
November 12-13 Nellis AFB, Nevada - Aviation Nation 2011