2021 USAF Thunderbirds Schedule

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Post by Bretten Bailey » Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:09 pm

Nick wrote: Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:56 pm So... defining from what I am overviewing, the LA County Airshow is now the 23rd & 24th? I thought it was 16th & 17th featuring the Blue Angels, bit somewhat puzzled by this, probably still sorting out the schedule? Probably leakage of information, but not confirmed "official" yet? Somewhat Confused here if someone can briefly explain hows that? (Have no knowledge of how the schedules function?)
No more sorting out of the schedule....this IS the sorted out schedule. When the jet teams release their schedules on the two year cycle (so one is always an advance year), there are always some things that will change (and even more so for the 2021 & 2022 schedules still because of the ongoing pandemic).

When the Thunderbirds schedule was released last year, it was bit odd that their schedule ended in early October. Not usually like the Thunderbirds to do so.

Now, it appears that they picked up additional dates after that. The Blue Angels will be at the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show the weekend of LA County and that showsite probably worked better logistically on those dates than Lancaster did. Likewise, it probably worked great for the Thunderbirds and that's why they'll be there.

It's a complex process of making sure the demo teams are best spread across the nation and making sure that they don't appear together either. Lots of communication, but by the time it is released, its usually finalized (obviously, schedules do often change with cancellations and such). There have been a few occasions where teams just didn't release their schedule in the morning session at the convention because it was just, simply, not ready or signed off on yet.

EDIT: When I just double checked the schedule released prior to this release, the Blue Angels were already scheduled at Fort Worth and not LA County.
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Post by RyanS » Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:00 pm

Already one revision from the Thunderbirds; the first show was listed as Titusville but they are now saying Cocoa Beach instead.
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:26 pm

RyanS wrote: Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:58 pm Here is the 2021 airshow schedule for the USAF Thunderbirds!

https://airshowstuff.com/v4/2020/usaf-t ... -released/

2021 US Air Force Thunderbirds Appearance Schedule

April 17-18: Cocoa Beach Airshow – Cocoa Beach, Florida
April 24-25: Thunder and Lightning over Arizona – Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona

May 1-2: Sound of Speed Airshow and 139AW Open House – St. Joseph, Missouri
May 8-9: Defenders of Liberty Air and Space Show – Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
May 27: USAFA Graduation 2021 Flyover – Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 30-31: Bethpage Airshow at Jones Beach – Wantagh, New York

June 5-6: The Great Tennessee Airshow – Smyrna, Tennessee
June 12-13: Inland Northwest Skyfest 2021 – Fairchild AFB, Washington
June 19-20: Star Spangled Salute Air and Space Show – Tinker AFB, Oklahoma

July 3-4: National Cherry Festival Airshow – Traverse City, Michigan
July 10-11: Dayton Airshow – Dayton, Ohio
July 24-25: Milwaukee Air and Water Show – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 28: Cheyenne Frontier Days – F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming
July 31-August 1: Oregon International Airshow – McMinnville, Oregon

August 14-15: Westfield International Airshow – Westfield, Massachusetts
August 18: Thunder Over The Boardwalk Airshow – Atlantic City, New Jersey
August 28-29: Gowen Thunder 2021 Open House And Airshow – Boise, Idaho

September 4-6: Cleveland National Air Show – Cleveland, Ohio
September 11-12: Pease Open House – Portsmouth, New Hampshire
September 18-19: National Championship Air Races – Reno, Nevada
September 25-26: California Capital Airshow – Mather, California

October 2-3: Puerto Rican Aerial Extravaganza – San Juan, Puerto Rico
October 9-10: Wings Over Houston Airshow – Houston, Texas
October 16-17: Central Florida Air and Space Show – Sanford, Florida
October 23-24: Los Angeles County Air Show – Lancaster, California
October 30-31: California International Airshow – Salinas, California

Thunder and Lightning over Arizona at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona has been rescheduled to November 6-7.
https://www.acc.af.mil/Home/Aerial-Even ... -schedule/
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Post by Dan Gagnon » Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:52 am

Gowen Thunder postponed. Originally scheduled for August 27-29.
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Fri Jan 08, 2021 3:56 am

2021 US Air Force Thunderbirds Appearance Schedule (as of 2/17/2021)

April 17-18: Cocoa Beach Airshow – Cocoa Beach, Florida

May 1-2: Sound of Speed Airshow and 139AW Open House – St. Joseph, Missouri
May 8-9: Defenders of Liberty Air and Space Show – Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
May 27: USAFA Graduation 2021 Flyover – Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 30-31: Bethpage Airshow at Jones Beach – Wantagh, New York

June 5-6: The Great Tennessee Airshow – Smyrna, Tennessee
June 12-13: Inland Northwest Skyfest 2021 – Fairchild AFB, Washington (Show Cancelled)
June 19-20: OC Air Show – Ocean City, Maryland

July 3-4: National Cherry Festival Airshow – Traverse City, Michigan
July 10-11: Dayton Airshow – Dayton, Ohio
July 17-18: Greater Binghamton Airshow - Binghamton, New York
July 24-25: Milwaukee Air and Water Show – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 28: Cheyenne Frontier Days – F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming
July 31-August 1: Oregon International Airshow – McMinnville, Oregon

August 14-15: Westfield International Airshow – Westfield, Massachusetts (Show Cancelled)
August 18: Thunder Over The Boardwalk Airshow – Atlantic City, New Jersey
August 28-29: Gowen Thunder 2021 Open House And Airshow – Boise, Idaho (Show Postponed)

September 4-6: Cleveland National Air Show – Cleveland, Ohio
September 11-12: Pease Open House – Portsmouth, New Hampshire
September 18-19: National Championship Air Races – Reno, Nevada
September 25-26: California Capital Airshow – Mather, California

October 2-3: Puerto Rican Aerial Extravaganza – San Juan, Puerto Rico
October 9-10: Wings Over Houston Airshow – Houston, Texas
October 16-17: Central Florida Air and Space Show – Sanford, Florida
October 23-24: Los Angeles County Air Show – Lancaster, California
October 30-31: California International Airshow – Salinas, California

November 6-7: Thunder and Lightning over Arizona – Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:22 am

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds have announced their Thunderbird 2 officer selection for the 2021-2022 air show seasons. Major Ian “Bear” Lee, of the 79th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, will serve as the Left Wing pilot and fly as close as three feet from Thunderbird 1 during each demonstration.

Major Lee is a skilled, experienced F-16 pilot with over 1,700 flight hours, including more than 470 combat hours over Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and the Arabian Gulf. Lee is also a former F-16 Viper Instructor, serving with the 8th Fighter Squadron at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. He is a 2010 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he double majored in Economics and management. The Thunderbirds stated that they are “excited for him to join the team and carry on the mission of representing America’s Air Force!”

Major Lee joins the team after Major Trevor Aldridge was not able to continue due to unexpected health reasons. The remainder of the demonstration pilots will remain on the team for 2021, although Major Zane Taylor and Major Michael Brewer will swap positions for the upcoming season. Major Taylor will transition to the Right Wing Pilot and fly the number 3 jet, and Major Brewer will transition to the Slot Pilot and fly the number 4 jet. This is to ensure continuity of experience and preserve the Thunderbirds’ future aerial demonstration capabilities and readiness.
https://www.newsairshow.com/headlines/2 ... 021-season
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:25 pm

We are excited to announce that we’re returning to Daytona International Speedway for the #Daytona500 🏁🏎

Tune in on Feb. 14th to see your favorite jet team kick off the 2021 Show Season!
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Fri Jan 29, 2021 8:16 pm

Two additional shows to their schedule. Ocean City, MD (June 19-20) and Binghamton, NY (July 17-18).
https://afthunderbirds.com/site/show-season/
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Post by zigtronics » Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:42 pm

Heard Rhode Island was getting the Thunderbirds as well
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