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Thunderbirds release 2012 show schedule

by Tech. Sgt. Jake Richmond
U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Public Affairs

12/12/2011 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have announced their 2012 show schedule. The team is set to perform more than 60 demonstrations in 33 locations, including two shows in Canada.

The team, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will again kick-off their season by performing a flyover for the 54th running of NASCAR's Daytona 500 on Feb. 26. The remainder of the schedule is as follows:

March 17: Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.
March 31 & April 1: Lakeland, Fla.
April 14-15: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
April 21-22: Barksdale AFB, La.
April 28-29: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
May 5-6: Shaw AFB, S.C.
May 12-13: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
May 19-20: March Air Reserve Base, Calif.
May 23: Colorado Springs, Colo. - U.S. Air Force Academy graduation flyover
May 26-27: Hill Air Force Base, Utah
June 2-3: Rockford, Ill.
June 9-10: Ocean City, Md.
June 16-17: North Kingstown, R.I.
June 23-24: Indianapolis, Ind.
June 30 & July 1: Battle Creek, Mich.
July 7-8: Gary, Ind.
July 21-22: Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
July 25: Cheyenne, Wyo.
July 28-29: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
Aug. 4-5: Hillsboro, Ore.
Aug. 11-12: Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Aug. 17: Atlantic City, N.J.
Aug. 25-26: Brunswick, Maine
Sept. 1-2: Davenport, Iowa
Sept. 8-9: Sacramento, Calif.
Sept. 15-16: Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
Sept. 22-23: Salinas, Calif.
Sept. 29-30: McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.
Oct. 6-7: Fort Worth, Texas
Oct. 13-14: Daytona Beach, Fla.
Oct. 20-21: El Paso, Texas
Oct. 27-28: Moody Air Force Base, Ga.
Nov. 3-4: Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla.
Nov. 10-11: Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

"We are excited about the upcoming season and representing our fellow American Airmen," said Lt. Col. Greg Moseley, who will command and lead the team in the 2012 show season. "We feel honored to tell the story of U.S. Air Force Airmen serving on the front lines of freedom around the world. We will proudly represent each Airmen with the same pride, precision and professionalism in which they perform their duties each and every day".

The coming year will mark the 59th of the Thunderbirds existence, dating back to 1953 when the team flew the straight-winged F-84G Thunderjets. This season will mark the 30th season the squadron has performed in the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the Air Force's premier multi-role fighter aircraft.

The Thunderbirds team is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and more than 100 enlisted people serving in about 30 Air Force job 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 the beginning ground ceremony, lasts about one hour. The air show season lasts roughly from March to November, with the winter months primarily used to train new team members.

To learn more about the Thunderbirds, visit the USAF Demonstration Team Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.


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