U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are confirmed to headline the 2018 OC Air Show, June 16-17, 2018 over the beach and boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland. The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron are the Air Force’s Ambassadors in Blue. They represent the 500,000 men and women of the Unites States Air Force.   Buy... View Article


us-air-force-thunderbirds

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are confirmed to headline the 2018 OC Air Show, June 16-17, 2018 over the beach and boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland. The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron are the Air Force’s Ambassadors in Blue. They represent the 500,000 men and women of the Unites States Air Force.

 

Buy online in advance at Pre-event pricing
Purchase Now and Save 25% off the day-of-event price!

 

The Thunderbirds plan and present precision aerial maneuvers to exhibit the capabilities of modern, high-performance aircraft and the high degree of professional skill required to operate those aircraft. The Thunderbirds squadron is composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and more than 100 enlisted personnel.

 

The Thunderbirds air demonstration is a mix of formation flying and solo routines. The four-jet diamond formation demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots, while the two solo aircraft highlight some of the extreme capabilities of the F-16. In all, the pilots perform approximately 40 maneuvers in a single demonstration. An aerial demonstration lasts 60 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for the ground show before takeoff.

 

During a typical season the team performs no more than 70 air demonstrations in 35 cities throughout the nation. More than 280 million people in all 50 states and 57 countries have seen the red, white and blue Thunderbirds jets.

 

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were officially activated June 1, 1953, as the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit at Luke AFB, Arizona. The unit was nicknamed the “Stardusters.” Their first aircraft was the straight-winged F-84G Thunderjet. The team transitioned to the swept-winged F-84F Thunderstreak in 1955. In June 1956, the team moved to its current home at Nellis AFB in Nevada and traded the veteran F-84 for the world’s first supersonic fighter, the F-100 Super Sabre. In early 1964, the team changed briefly to the F-105B Thunderchief, but after only six shows returned to the F-100. In 1969 the team transitioned to the F-4E Phantom and then in 1974 to the T-38 Talon, a more fuel efficient jet. In 1983 the Thunderbirds began flying the F-16 and continue to do so currently.

 

Click ‘Like’ below to follow our Facebook page and get the latest info on the arrival, practice and performance times for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

 

 

 

 

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds


  1. Patti says:

    OMG! We had never been to an air show before. We went to the 2017 Air Show in Ocean City, Md. We had the best time. Hope to go again next year!

    • OC Air Show says:

      They’re down 1 jet because of the unfortunate accident 2 weeks ago. Fortunately, everyone is safe and we get to admire them this weekend!

  2. Jackie says:

    I have been to the OC Airshow several times and have always enjoyed it!! Its amazing how these pilots are so talented in what they do and of course the US Air Force Thunderbirds are OUTSTANDING in their talent, GO US AIR FORCE!! Was wondering though exactly what streets do the perform, has been couple years since I’ve been there?

  3. Dawn Hite says:

    Your website said the 2016 air show was June 11 and 12 previously. Now the show is the following week. In fact on a Google search today, one selection says June 11-12 and another says June 18-19.

    I already made hotel reservations for the earlier dates. Really hope I am not going to lose out!!

    Rey disappointing.

    • OC Air Show says:

      We announced the date change a few weeks ago and are sorry that you did not hear about it. Our hotel partners are working with air show spectators to change their reservation dates at no additional charge. We hope to see you there!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *