USAF Thunderbirds return to CFD

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation during an air show at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., July 24, 2019. The Thunderbirds performed dozens of aerobatic maneuvers for several thousand people during the show. This year was the first in 25 years that F.E. Warren hosted the show. Photo by 2nd Lt. Emily Seaton

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE – The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds zoomed back into Cheyenne Frontier Days for their annual air show, July 24.

The Thunderbirds are an aerial demonstration squadron that perform precision aerial maneuvers while demonstrating the capabilities of the Air Force’s high-performance aircraft to people throughout the world. The Thunderbirds are here to recruit new Airmen, provide a positive representation of the Air Force and increase retention of current Airmen.

“I come here every year from Fort Collins and I’m always amazed and my family loves it,” said Carson James, spectator. “It’s great to see the community come together and enjoy the show.”

The Thunderbirds make an appearance at CFD every year as a part of their legacy. Cheyenne is the location of the Thunderbirds’ very first public appearance.

“I’ve been coming to the air show every year for 16 years,” said spectator Keagan Lindblom. “My grandfather met his wife here and served as a squadron commander, so I love the pride involved with the military aspect.”

This year, the base opened its doors to the public for its first air show in 25 years to give the Thunderbirds an opportunity to perform for the Cheyenne community.

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