Visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force can meet members of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron as they sign autographs from 9-10 a.m. on June 23.
Participants will include a pilot, crew chief and other members of the team. Museum doors will open to the public at 8:30 a.m.
The Thunderbirds perform a mix of formation flying and solo routines, highlighting the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the professional qualities of the people who fly, maintain and support these aircraft. The squadron performs approximately 75 demonstrations each year, and more than 300 million people in all 50 states and 58 foreign countries have seen the red, white and blue jets in more than 4,000 aerial demonstrations. Visit http://afthunderbirds.com for additional Thunderbirds information and photographs.
The squadron will be among the featured performers at this year’s Vectren Dayton Air Show on June 24-25. More information about the air show is available at www.daytonairshow.com.
For those who want to take an easy route to the Air Show, RTA shuttle buses will run to and from the museum, dropping off riders at the Air Show main gate from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on June 24-25. Shuttles depart from both locations approximately every 10 minutes. The cost for a round trip ticket is $3, and children ages 5 and under ride free. For more information about the RTA shuttle service, please call (937) 425-8300.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.
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