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Thunderbirds announce their 2010 schedule

December 8, 2009 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, "Thunderbirds," has announced its 2010 air show schedule.

The team's 57th show season is scheduled to take them to more than 65 shows in 27 states and Canada. The 2010 schedule is as follows:

March
  • 20-21: Davis Monthan AFB, AZ
  • 27-28: Maxwell AFB, AL

April
  • 10-11: Eglin AFB, FL
  • 17-18: Lakeland, FL
  • 24-25:  Barksdale AFB, LA

May
  • 1 Dyess AFB, TX
  • 2 Altus AFB, OK
  • 8-9 Shaw AFB, SC
  • 15-16 Columbus AFB, MS
  • 22 Grand Forks AFB, ND
  • 26: USAFA, CO
  • 29-30 Janesville, WI

June
  • 5-6 Ocean City, MD
  • 12-13 Quebec City, Canada
  • 19-20 Tinker AFB, OK
  • 26-27 North Kingstown, RI  

July
  • 10-11 Gary, IN
  • 17-18 Duluth, MN
  • 21 Cheyenne, WY
  • 24-25 Fairchild AFB, WA
  • Jul 31-Aug 1 Rockford, IL

August
  • 7-8: Moffett Field, CA
  • 14-15: Abbotsford, Canada
  • 21-22: Westfield, MA
  • 25 Atlantic City, NJ
  • 28-29 Brooklyn (Coney Island), NY  

September
  • 4-5 Martinsburg, WV
  • 11-12 Coraopolis (Pittsburgh), PA
  • 18-19 Whiteman AFB, MO
  • 25-26 McConnell AFB, KS

October

  • 2-3 Salinas, CA
  • 9-10 Little Rock AFB, AR
  • 16-17 El Paso, TX
  • 23-24 Houston, TX
  • 30-31 Cocoa Beach, FL

November
  • 6-7 Lackland AFB, TX
  • 13-14 Nellis AFB, NV

"We are humbled to have the opportunity to travel the U.S and Canada this year representing the 700,000 Airmen in America's Air Force,” said Capt. Jason McCree, USAFADS public affairs officer.

Lt. Col. Case Cunningham will join the team as Commander/Leader for the team and fly the No. 1 position. The other officers beginning the first season with the team are Thunderbird No. 3, Capt. Chad Shenk, Right Wing; Thunderbird No. 6, Capt. Aaron Jelinek, Opposing Solo; Thunderbird No. 8, Maj. John Gallemore, Advance Pilot/Narrator; Thunderbird No. 9, Capt Thom Bowden, Flight Surgeon.

They will join returning officers Thunderbird No. 2, Maj. John Baum, Left Wing; Thunderbird No. 4, Maj. Sean Gustafson, Slot; Thunderbird No. 5, Maj. Rick Goodman, Lead Solo; Thunderbird No. 7, Lt. Col. Derek Routt, Operations Officer; Thunderbird No. 10, Capt. Petrina Hanson, Executive Officer; Thunderbird No. 11, Maj. David Lemery, Maintenance Officer; Thunderbird No. 12, Captain McCree.

The Thunderbirds, originally known as the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, out of Luke AFB, Ariz., were activated on May 25, 1953.

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.

The 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.


Courtesy of United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Public Afairs



Additional images:

The Thunderbirds brand-new block 52 no. 8 on display in Puerto Rico on April 18th, 2009. [Photo by Hector A. Rivera]

The Thunderbird Solos, featuring gray radomes, join up with the Thunderbird Diamond to form the 6-ship Delta formation at Keesler AFB on April 4th, 2009. [USAF photo by SSgt. Kristi Machado]