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Look Up in the Sky

One of the highlights of the summer should be going to an air show near you. See B17s, the Boeing C-47 Skytrain or an F-14 Tomcat. Or if you are lucky enough to live close to one of the towns that the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds visit, you are in for a thrill of a lifetime.

The Blue Angels

Blue AngelsAccording to the Blue Angels website:, the Blue Angels began in 1946 when the Chief of  Naval Operations, Admiral Chester Nimitz, “had a vision to create a flight exhibition team in order to raise the public’s interest in naval aviation and boost Navy morale.” Over the years the Blue Angels have entertained audiences with “precision combat maneuvers in the F6 Hellcat, the F8 Bearcat and the F9 Panther” and during the 1950's, aerobatic maneuvers in the F9 Cougar and F-11 Tiger were introduced along with “the first six-plane delta formation, still flown to this day.” In 1986, the Blue Angels celebrated their 40th Anniversary by unveiling the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet, also still flown to this day. Check their show schedule and see if the Blue Angels are appearing near you. It would certainly be a fun and exciting day. Over the summer they will appear from coast to coast with an exciting flyover of Boston Harbor on the Fourth of July. Visit to see the listing of shows through the end of 2012.

The Thunderbirds

The pride of the Air Force is the Thunderbirds. In 1953, six years after the Air Force became a separate service, an official air demonstration team, the 3600th Air Demonstration Unit at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, was activated. According to the history of the Thunderbirds:, the name “Thunderbirds,” was influenced in part by the strong Native American culture and folklore from the southwestern United States where Luke Air Force Base is located.

The team flew and maintained the F-84G Thunderjet.  The straight-wing configuration of the F-84G was considered well suited for aerobatic and demonstration maneuvers.  Today, the Thunderbirds fly distinctive red, white and blue F-16s.

To date, over 325 officers have worn the distinguished emblem of “America’s Ambassadors in Blue” as the Thunderbirds bring their professionalism and showmanship across America. The Thunderbirds have a new website,, which is really amazing.


In 1997, the United States Postal Service commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Air Force with this stamp featuring the Thunderbirds.

Local Air Shows

Even if you cannot make it to one of the shows of the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds this year, many local airports hold air shows that provide great opportunities to see aircraft that you may have flown in at one time or show your children or grandchildren the plane you or their grandfather flew. These shows are held at many regional airports and may include the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels. One in August is the Atlantic City Airshow "Thunder Over The Boardwalk," which according to their website:, “is one of the very best air shows in the country, with its heart-stopping feats, aerobatics maneuvers, formation flying and solo routines by military and civilian pilots.” The Thunderbirds will be in Atlantic City along with the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, U.S. Navy Super Hornet, U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, Geico Skytypers, U.S. Air Force Globemaster III, U.S. Air Force Thunderbolt II and many more not to be missed! This is just a sampling of the fun and excitement to be experienced at an airshow near you.


In the June 5th Bugler, we incorrectly noted the anniversary of the Battle of Midway as the 60th. It was, of course, the 70th anniversary. We apologize for this error.

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