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Thunderbirds to Tour Europe in 1996

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 5, 1996 – The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron takes its act to Eastern Europe this summer as part of a seven-country tour June 12 through July 10.


The Thunderbirds, based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., will perform for the first time in Romania, Bulgaria and Slovenia during the 29-day European tour. The team opens its tour June 17 at Timisoara, Romania, and closes July 9 at Lajes Field, Azores.


The tour also includes two days at Chevres Air Base in Belgium (June 22 and 23) and a July 3 stop at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The team will also fly a third show in Belgium and one in Denmark.


Once the European tour ends, the Thunderbirds will resume their 1996 United States tour -- a tour that includes a fly-over at the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Team

European Calendar

June 17  Timisoara, Romania

June 19  Plovdiv, Bulgaria

June 22  Chievres Air Base, Belgium

June 23  Chievres Air Base, Belgium

June 29  Cierklje, Slovenia

June 30  Cierklje, Slovenia

July 3   Aviano Air Base, Italy

July 5   Aalborg, Denmark

July 7   Koksijde, Belgium

July 9   Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal

(Courtesy of the Thunderbirds)

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