December 12, 2011 — It’s not even the holidays yet, but the Air Force Thunderbirds, the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Army’s Golden Knights are already thinking of spring.
The three demonstration teams recently released their updated 2012 schedules and chances are that they will be flying or performing somewhere near you.
The Air Force reported that in 2012 the Thunderbirds would perform more than 60 demonstrations in 33 locations, including two shows in Canada. They will again kick off their season by performing a flyover for the 54th running of NASCAR's Daytona 500 on February 26.
The rest of their schedule has them flying in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, from March –November. Click for their complete schedule.
2012 will mark the 30th season the squadron has performed in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The Thunderbirds have been in existence for 59 years.
The Blue Angels are scheduled to perform 69 demonstrations at 35 locations in 2012. They will perform in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Canada. Click here for their complete schedule.
The Blue Angels have flown over 10 different aircraft in the team’s 65-year history. Today, the squadron flies the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet.
In addition, the U.S. Army parachute team, the Golden Knights, announced their draft schedule last week during the International Council of Air Shows convention. Their schedule, which is not yet complete, has them performing in Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin. For a listing of their schedule, click here.
Teams outside U.S. also announce schedules
In addition to the U.S. teams, countries around the world have released their schedules for next year. The Canadian Snowbirds announced their show dates this month along with introducing three new pilots. The Royal Air Force Red Arrows have returned to the air after a fatality last month, and the Malaysian air force announced a new aerobatic team flying the EXTRA 300L aircraft. Find out all the news at aerobaticteams.net.
Five F-16 Fighting Falcons of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team perform aerial stunts October 8, 2011 in New Mexico. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman DeAndre Curtiss
The Blue Angels wow crowds during a 2011 demonstration. Photo credit: Armed Forces Radio Network
Golden Knight free fall. Photo credit: Golden Knight