U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at the Fort Wayne Air Show

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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration thrilled large crowds Sept. 10-11 during the Fort Wayne Air Show.

The Thunderbirds’ air demonstration was a mix of formation flying and solo routines. The four-jet diamond formation demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots, while the lead and opposing solo aircraft highlight some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Officers serve a two-year assignment with the squadron, while enlisted personnel serve three to four.

The squadron performs no more than 80 air demonstrations each year and has never canceled a demonstration due to maintenance difficulty. More than 280 million people in all 50 states and 57 foreign countries have seen the red, white and blue Thunderbirds jets in more than 3,500 aerial demonstrations. Fort Wayne is no exception!

Be sure to also check out our Fort Wayne Air Show photo gallery!

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