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In keeping within the spirit of the "Thunderbirds Alumni Association, Inc., (TBAA) the "Heritage Thunderbird Foundation", the Thunderbirds Alumni "Dream Of A Lifetime" web site exists to promote the comradeship of former and current members of the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, The Thunderbirds, and to insure "Once A Thunderbird, Always A Thunderbird" is a continued commitment from each member and that excellence remains the benchmark by which we measure all we do.

Seven U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation May 18, 2017, behind a Reserve KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 465th Air Refueling Squadron, 507th Air Refueling Wing, as they fly over Oklahoma City prior to landing at Tinker Air Force Base for the 2017 Star Spangled Salute Air Show. (U.S.
A Vietnam veteran took up a unique hobby; cutting stars out of worn and torn American flags and giving them to other veterans.
Some of the best pilots in America shared the skies over Florida this week as the Air Force's Thunderbirds and the Navy's Blue Angels spent several days training side by side, culminating with a joint flight over Pensacola Beach.
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida -- Air Force Maj. Alex Turner has done it hundreds of times. The F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot took off June 2, 2016, for an Air Force Thunderbirds flyover during the Air Force Academy graduation. He was well-informed on the flying routine and communicated consistently with his teammates -- standard procedure for any flyover.
03/14/2017 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Airmen from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard removed the vertical tail from a fallen Thunderbird F-16 aircraft March 14, in hopes of someday returning it to service.
"Red, White and Boom!" delivered as promised as thousands enjoyed the 4th annual Los Angeles County Air Show at the Gen. William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster, Calif., March 25-26. Officially kicking off the event the evening of March 24, Jacob Nelson and the Tone Wranglers got the party started at BEX restaurant in Lancaster, while the title sponsor of the show, Lockheed Martin, hosted the U.S.
Celebrity News The skies has been clamoring for Buzz Aldrin's return and he is back (although a little lower than the moon this time) to be the oldest man to fly with the USAF Thunderbirds. Neil Armstrong's name certainly has a left an impression on everyone's minds but Buzz Aldrin is a very close second, being the second man to walk on the moon.
Our airshow guide for 2017 links you to more than 150 events across the United States from April through November, featuring aircraft of all kinds in flight and on static display. Icons under each show's description indicate whether particular performance teams, such as the U.S.
TRAVERSE CITY, MI - The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will take to the skies above Traverse City this summer. The world-famous squadron will perform in the 91 st National Cherry Festival Air Show at 1:15 p.m. on July 1-2. Guests can watch from the shores of Grand Traverse Bay and listen to live commentary on WTCM AM 580.
Retired four-star U.S. Air Force general Lloyd "Fig" Newton left the segregated South and joined the service after college. He was the first African-American pilot in the Air Force's Thunderbirds squadron - the elite demonstration unit. He later flew F-15 Eagles, F-16 Fighting Falcons and the F-117 Nighthawk - the stealth fighter.