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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 654-97
December 04, 1997

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AERIAL DEMONSTRATION TEAM 1998 SCHEDULES

The Department of Defense jet demonstration team schedules have been officially released by the assistant secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. Show sites are attached.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will perform at 35 events in 22 states and Canada. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will perform at 37 events in 22 states and Canada.

The annual demonstration season begins in March and concludes in November. Almost 200 requests were received for the jet demonstration teams. The number of supportable requests is limited by the length of the season, travel and training requirements, operational considerations, and seasonal meteorological conditions.

Demonstration sites are selected to support the objectives of the Department of Defense and the interests of the Armed Services with safety as the primary consideration. Performances greatly assist the recruiting and retention goals of the Services, enhance esprit de corps among uniformed men and women, and demonstrate the professional skills and capabilities of the U.S. Armed Forces to the American public and U.S. allies.

The schedule for the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, is expected to be released later this month.

Attachment: DoD Jet Demonstration Team Show Sites

Blue Angels 1998 Schedule
March
14 NAF El Centro, Calif. Air Show
21-22 Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Aerospace & Arizona Days
28-29 NAS Kingsville, Texas Air Show
April
4-5 MCAS Beaufort, S.C. Air Show
18-19 Barksdale AFB, La. Open House
25-26 NAS Norfolk, Va. Air Show
May
2-3 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Air and Sea Show
9-10 Chattanooga, Tenn. Air Show
16-17 Andrews AFB, Md. DoD Open House
20 Naval Academy, Md. Air Show
22 Naval Academy, Md. Graduation
24 NAS Meridian, Miss. Air Show
30-31 NAS/JRB Ft. Worth, Texas Air Show
June
6-7 Coney Island, N.Y. Air Show
13-14 Eau Claire, Wisc. Air Show
20-21 Grissom ARB, Ind. Air Show
27-28 Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y. Thunder Over Niagara
July
4-5 Traverse City , Mich. National Cherry Festival
11 Pensacola Beach, Fla. Air Show
18-19 Dayton, Ohio Air Show
25-26 Latrobe, Pa. Air Show
August
1-2 Hanscom AFB, Mass. Air Show
8-9 Seattle, Wash. SEAFAIR Air Show
14-16 MCAS Miramar, Calif. Air Show
22-23 Chicago, Ill. Air & Water Show
29-30 Offutt AFB, Neb. Open House
September
5-7 Chesterfield, Mo. St. Louis County Air Show
12-13 Halifax, Canada Nova Scotia Air Show
19-20 Warner Robins AFB, Ga. Open House
26-27 Redding, PA Redding Aerofeast

October
3-4 Stockton, Calif. Air Show
10-11 San Francisco, Calif. Fleet Week Air Show
17-18 Houston, Texas Air Show
24-25 NAS Jacksonville, Fla. Open House
November
31(Oct)-1 NAS/JRB New Orleans, La. Air Show
7 NAS Pensacola, Fla. Air Show

Thunderbirds 1998 Schedule
March
28-29 Punta Gorda, Fla. Air Show
April
4 Luke AFB, Ariz. Luke Day
18-19 MacDill AFB, Fla. Airfest
25-26 Point Mugu NAWS, Calif. Air Show
May
2-3 Knoxville, Tenn. Air Show
9-10 San Angelo, Texas Air Fiesta
16-17 Fairchild AFB, Wash. Aerospace Day
23 Kelly AFB, Texas Air Show
27 Air Force Academy, Colo. Graduation
30 Elmendorf AFB, Alaska Open House
31 Eielson AFB, Alaska Open House
June
6-7 N. Kingstown, R.I. Air Show
13-14 Portland, Ore. Rose Festival Air Show
20-21 Santa Fe, N.M. Air Show
27-28 Davenport, Ind. Air Show
July
4-5 Battle Creek, Mich. Air Show
11-12 Plattsburgh AFB, N.Y. Air Show
18-19 NAS Whidbey Island, Wash. Sea 'N' Sky Fest
22 Cheyenne, Wyo. Air Show
25-26 Selfridge ANGB, Mich. Air Show
August
1-2 Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Air and Space Show
8-9 Abbotsford, Canada Air Show
15-16 Big Flats, N.Y. Wings of Eagles Air Show
29 Minot AFB, N.D. Open House
30 Grand Forks AFB, N.D. Open House
September
5-7 Cleveland, Ohio Air Show
12-13 Westover ARB, Mass. Open House
19-20 Durango, Colo. Air Show
26-27 Salinas, Calif. Air Show

3-4 Sioux City, Iowa Mid-America Air Show
10-11 El Paso, Texas Amigo Air Show
17-18 Muskogee, Okla. Air Show
24 Columbus AFB, Miss. Open House
25 Little Rock AFB, Ark. Air Show
November
31(Oct)-1 Victorville, Calif George Air Show
7-8 Lake Charles, La. Air Show
14-15 Lake City, Fla. Air Show