Thunderbirds Are Go For 2018 Daytona 500 Flyover

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US Air Force Thunderbirds

The US Air Force Thunderbirds are set to perform the flyover for NASCAR’s Daytona 500 on Florida this Sunday. This will be the team’s first public performance with their new leader, Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh.

The race will be broadcast on FOX at 2:30 PM Eastern time on Sunday, February 18th. Fans near Daytona Beach will likely see the jets flying around earlier in the weekend as well, as they practice (9-10am on Saturday) and take VIPs for media flights.

Flying over the race is somewhat of a tradition for the Thunderbirds, who use the trip as a warm up for their intense travel schedule during the regular airshow season. The team’s first full airshow performance is scheduled for March 24 and 25 in Melbourne, FL.

Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Airshow Canceled For 2016; Snowbirds To Perform At New Show In Georgia Instead

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Daytona Beach Airshow - Canadian Forces Snowbirds

Citing sponsorship issues, the 2016 edition of the Wings And Waves Air Show in Daytona Beach, scheduled for October 8-9, has been canceled. In an interview with the Daytona Beach News Journal, Bill Hampton, senior VP for external relations and chief marketing officer for ERAU said “We just simply didn’t fill (the airshow) with the right number of sponsorships this year.” The school’s “business model” changed in 2016, causing them to need more sponsors.

The show was scheduled to have the USAF Thunderbirds and Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Embry-Riddle is celebrating their 90th year in 2016.

But Daytona Beach’s loss is another locations gain…

Wings Over The Golden Isles Airshow

On Wednesday, Brunswick, GA was announced to have picked up the Canadian Forces Snowbirds for a show on the same weekend, the first show in Brunswick since 1997. Buck Roetman, Kent Pietsch, Rob Holland, and Patty Wagstaff will also perform. The DAV Flight Team is scheduled to bring their B-25 “Panchito”. The show will be named “Wings Over The Golden Isles Airshow”.

The Thunderbirds have not yet announced a replacement location for the weekend of October 8-9th.