TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force’s premiere aerial demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, will headline May’s community appreciation open house and air power exposition, the Travis Public Affairs Office announced Wednesday.
Travis will be one of 34 locations where the Thunderbird pilots will put their F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighters through their paces for crowds on the ground.
This will be one of two California appearances for the Thunderbirds in 2014. They will also perform Sept. 27-28, 2014, in Salinas. Their last appearance of the season will be Nov. 8-9, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
“Public outreach is a crucial component of the Air Force mission that reinforces trust and confidence in the U.S. military with our local communities,” said Col. Corey Martin, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander, in the announcement. “We are looking forward to providing our attendees a true showcase of combat airpower and military readiness.”
With more than 100,000 in attendance, the 2011 Travis open house offered a variety of aerial demonstrations and displays along with activities for children.
Travis expo planners are in the initial planning phases of the open house and will release information on performers and other events as they are confirmed.
“We are excited to be one of the approved locations for an open house,” said Lt. Col. Eric Weber, 22nd Airlift Squadron chief pilot and open house director, in the release. “It is always a real honor to demonstrate our mission and strengthen our relationship with the surrounding region.”
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