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Release No: 651-98
December 22, 1998


The Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, have announced their schedule for the 1999 show season.

Following pre-season training at Nellis AFB, Nev., the team will begin its season Mar. 20 at Tyndall AFB, Fla. The Thunderbirds will fly more than 70 shows at more than 40 locations before concluding the season with a return performance at Nellis Nov. 19.

Each year, America's "Ambassadors in Blue" travel around the United States and the world to perform precision aerial maneuvers and demonstrate the pride, professionalism and performance of the U.S. Air Force. The team flies specially configured F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in a mix of formation flying and solo routines. The entire show, including ground and air routines, runs about an hour and fifteen minutes.

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 military services, enhance esprit de corps among unformed 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 is as follows:

Mar. 20-21 Tyndall AFB, Fla.
Mar 27-28 Eglin AFB, Fla.
Apr. 10-11 March AFB, Calif.
Apr. 17-18 NAS Norfolk, Va.
Apr. 24-25 Patrick AFB, Fla.
May 1-2 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
May 8 Nellis AFB, Nev.
May 9 Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
May 15-16 Andrews AFB, Md.

May 17-29 European Tour (Locations TBA)
May 29 Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom
June 2 USAF Academy Graduation
June 5-6 Mankato, Minn.
June 12 Hill AFB, Utah
June 13 Cannon AFB, N.M.
June 16 McConnell AFB, Kan.
June 19-20 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
June 26 McChord AFB, Wash.
June 27 Travis AFB, Calif.
July 3-5 Battle Creek, Mich.
July 10-11 Niagara Falls, N.Y.
July 14 Madison, Wisc.
July 17-18 Bloomington, Ill.
July 24-25 Dayton, Ohio
July 28 Cheyenne, Wy.
July 31- Aug 1 Avoca, Pa.
Aug. 14-15 Whiteman AFB, Mo.
Aug. 21-22 Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 28-29 Westfield, Mass.
Sept. 4-6 Jackson, Miss.
Sept. 11-12 Smyrna, Tenn.
Sept. 18-19 Reno, Nev.
Sept. 25 Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Sept. 26 Charleston AFB, S.C.
Oct. 2-3 Great Bend, Kan.
Oct. 9-10 Edwards AFB, Calif.
Oct. 16 Sheppard AFB, Texas
Oct. 17 Dyess AFB, Texas
Oct. 23-24 Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
Oct. 29-31 NAS New Orleans, La.
Nov. 6-7 Fort Smith Ark.
Nov. 13 Luke AFB, Ariz.
Nov. 19 Nellis AFB, Nev.

For more details, contact the Thunderbirds Public Affairs Office at (702) 652-7200.

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