Thunderbirds announce 2008 schedule
12/17/2007 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFPN) -- The Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, has announced its 2008 airshow schedule.
The team is scheduled to perform more than 67 shows in 25 states and Canada, as it commemorates the 55th Anniversary of the "Ambassadors in Blue."
Lt. Col. Greg Thomas takes the reigns as the Thunderbirds commander and leader for the 2008 show season.
"The entire team is excited to announce our schedule for 2008," Colonel Thomas said. "It is truly an honor for me to lead the team in commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Thunderbirds."
The Thunderbirds will help commemorate another milestone in North America when the team travels to Québec City to perform June 14 and15, honoring the city's 400th anniversary.
The Thunderbirds, originally known as the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit, out of Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., were activated May 25, 1953.
"Originally, the Thunderbirds were created in the infancy of the jet age," Colonel Thomas said. "At that time the pilots and crews' mission were to give confidence to the Air Force pilots of the day, showing that they too could handle the speed and power of jet aircraft.
"Over the last 55 years, the mission has changed slightly to include recruiting young men and women, retaining the quality Airmen already in service today and representing the 513,000 active-duty, Guard and Reserve members serving at home and abroad," Colonel Thomas said. "The mission might have changed throughout the years, but the pride, professionalism and almost unbelievable attention to detail of our Airmen representing the Air Force's finest has remained unparalleled."
The Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and about 110 enlisted people performing in more than 29 Air Force specialties.
The 2008 team includes the Air Force's first female lead-solo demonstration pilot, Maj. Samantha Weeks,
Thunderbird No. 5, in her second year.
The remaining pilots for the 2008 season include: Maj. Chris Austin, Thunderbird No. 2, left wing; Maj. Kirby Ennser,
Thunderbird No. 3, right wing; Maj. Scott Poteet, Thunderbird No. 4, slot; and Maj. Tyrone Douglas, Thunderbird No. 6, opposing solo.
Rounding out the list of officers are: Lt. Col. Rob Skelton, Thunderbird No. 7, operations officer; Maj. Anthony Mulhare, Thunderbird No. 8, advance pilot/narrator; Maj. (Dr.) Charla Quayle, Thunderbird No. 9, flight surgeon; Capt. Amy Glisson, Thunderbird No. 10, executive officer; Capt. Charles Ploetz, Thunderbird No. 11, maintenance officer; and Capt. Elizabeth Kreft, Thunderbird No. 12, public affairs officer.
A Thunderbirds' aerial demonstration is a mix of formation flying and solo routines. The pilots perform approximately 40 maneuvers in a demonstration. The entire show, including ground and air, runs about one hour. The airshow season lasts from March to November, with the winter months used to train new members.
The 2008 schedule is as follows: 2008年时间表:三月到十一月是表演月份,其他月份训练和接受新的成员.
15 -- San Angelo, Texas 德克萨斯
29 -- Tyndall AFB, Fla.
5 and 6 -- Punta Gorda, Fla.
12 and 13 -- Lakeland, Fla.
19 and 20 -- Wilmington, N.C.
26 -- Charleston AFB, S.C.
3 and 4 -- March ARB, Calif.加州
10 and 11 -- Langley AFB, Va.
17 and 18 -- Fort Smith, Ark.
24 -- Tinker AFB, Okla.
28 -- U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.空军学院 (Invitation Only)
31 -- McGuire AFB, N.J.
1 -- McGuire AFB, N.J.
7 and 8 -- Rockford, Ill .
14 and 15 -- Québec City
21 -- Klamath Falls, Ore.
24 -- Eielson AFB, Ala.
28 and 29 -- Elmendorf AFB, Ala.
4 and 6 -- Battle Creek, Mich.
12 and 13 -- Milwaukee, Wis.
19 and 20 -- McChord AFB, Wash.
23 -- Cheyenne, Wyo.
26 and 27 -- Rochester, N.Y.纽约
8 and 10 -- Abbotsford, Canada加拿大
16 and 17 -- Offutt AFB, Neb.
20 -- Atlantic City, N.J.
23 and 24 -- Kansas City堪萨斯, Mo.
30 and 31 -- Travis AFB, Calif.加州
6 and 7 -- Westover ARB, Mass.
12 and 13 -- Reno, Nev.
14 -- Mountain Home, Idaho爱达华
20 and 21 -- Scott AFB, Ill
27 and 28 -- Salinas盐水湖, Calif加州
4 -- Vance AFB, Okla.
11 and 12 -- Ft. Worth, Texas德克萨斯
18 and 19 -- Dobbins AFB, Ga.
25 and 26 -- Houston休斯顿, Texas德克萨斯
1 and 2 -- Lafayette, La.
8 and 9 -- Nellis AFB, Nev.