Thunderbirds Fly-Overs over Las Vegas

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Thunderbirds Fly-Overs over Las Vegas

Post by Dan Gagnon » Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:36 am

Starting Monday August 31st, the Thunderbirds will incorporate fly-overs over Las Vegas prior to their arrival back to Nellis AFB after airshow weekends.
The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the “Thunderbirds,” will fly over the Las Vegas metropolitan area during their return to Nellis Air Force Base from air shows outside the city limits starting Monday, 31 August.

The Thunderbirds, in conjunction with McCarran International Airport and Nellis Air Force Base, are integrating the flyover to showcase their appreciation and support to the city, provide inspiration to local residents and visitors and strengthen the Air Force’s partnership with the local community.

“We’re excited and honored to incorporate a flyover of Las Vegas into our flyingoperations,” said Lt. Col. John Caldwell, Thunderbirds commander and leader. “This route change allows us to provide a visual display of our appreciation, commitment and support to our hometown on a routine basis.”

The flyover will typically occur on Mondays between 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. when the squadron returns from an air show or event outside of the city limits. It will feature six to eight F-16 Fighting Falcons flying close in precise formation, soaring approximately 400 miles per hour at low altitudes between 500 – 1000 feet above ground.

The Thunderbirds will use one of the following flight paths for their return to Nellis Air Force Base:

• South Arrival Route: the formation will start flying at low altitudes at South Point Casino before soaring eastbound down the Las Vegas strip into North Las Vegas and landing at Nellis Air Force Base. This flyover will last approximately 2 minutes.

• East Arrival Route: the formation will start flying at low altitudes at Fiesta Station and head west before turning right at the South Point Casino. Then, it will soar eastbound down the Las Vegas strip into North Las Vegas and land at Nellis Air Force Base. This flyover will last approximately 4 and 1/2 minutes.

• West Arrival Route: the formation will start flying at low altitudes over downtown Summerlin and head south past Ikea before turning left at the South Point Casino. Then, it will soar eastbound down the Las Vegas strip into North Las Vegas and land at Nellis Air Force Base. This flyover will last approximately 3 and 1/2 minutes.

The arrival routes were coordinated and selected to maximize efficient air traffic flow and cover key Las Vegas landmarks. Additionally, the formation and route selection will depend on operational and mission requirements, air traffic, aircraft availability and weather.
On Monday August 31st, the Thunderbirds will be returning from the New York International Airshow. They will use the West Route and the fly-over starts at 12:10 pm.

Additional times, routes after future airshows can be posted here.

https://www.facebook.com/267550469245/p ... 526324246/

http://afthunderbirds.com/site/2020/08/ ... val-route/
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Post by RyanS » Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:11 pm

Sounds like they heard about the Blues buzzing the beach in Pensacola and decided to make their own version. I think it's a great idea!
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Post by Dan Gagnon » Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:19 pm

UPDATE: Today's fly-over has been shifted to around 1:10 pm!
https://www.facebook.com/267550469245/p ... 430444246/
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