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Release No: 564-99
December 10, 1999


The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron has announced its schedule for the 2000 show season.

After completing a four-month training season, the Thunderbirds will kick off their 47th season April 1 at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. The team will conclude its season November 12 with a show at Lake City, Fla. Overall, the Thunderbirds will perform more than 60 demonstrations in 25 states, Canada and Europe. The team is returning to Europe for the first time since 1996.

Details for the European tour are being finalized and the demonstration sites will be released when they become available.

A Thunderbird air demonstration is a mix of six aircraft, performing formation flying and solo routines. The four-aircraft diamond formation demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots, while the solos highlight the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

The team's first performance was June 8, 1953 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Since then, the Thunderbirds have flown before more than 310 million people at more than 3,500 air demonstrations in all 50 states and 59 foreign countries. The schedule is as follows:

April 1-2 MacDill AFB, Fla.
April 8-9 Mesa, Ariz.
April 15-16 Chattanooga, Tenn.
April 29-30 Altus, AFB, Okla.
May 6 Nellis AFB, Nev.
May 7 Holloman AFB, N.M.
May 13-14 March AFB, Calif.
May 20-21 Andrews AFB, Md.
May 27-28 Randolph AFB, Texas
May 31 US Air Force Academy, Colo.
June 3-4 Hanscom AFB, Mass.
June 5-25 European Tour
July 1-2 Moffett Field, Calif.
July 4-5 Battle Creek, Mich.
July 8-9 Moose Jaw, Canada
July 15-16 Davenport, Iowa
July 22-23 Pasco, Wash.
July 26 Cheyenne, Wyo.
July 29-30 Billings, Mont.
Aug. 5 Fairchild AFB, Wash.
Aug. 6 Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
Aug. 12-13 Westover ARB, Mass.
Aug. 26-27 Offutt AFB, Neb.
Sept. 2-4 Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 9 Peterson AFB, Colo.
Sept. 10 Kirtland AFB, N.M.
Sept. 16-17 Klamath Falls, Ore.
Sept. 23-24 Burlington, Vt.
Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 Springfield, Ill.
Oct. 7 Vance AFB, Okla.
Oct. 8 Laughlin AFB, Texas
Oct 14-15 Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
Oct. 21 Shaw AFB, S.C.
Oct. 22 Langley AFB, Va.
Oct. 28-29 Long Island, N.Y.
Nov. 4-5 Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
Nov. 11-12 Lake City, Fla.

For more information, visit the Thunderbirds web site at: http://www.nellis.af.mil/thunderbirds.

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