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Thunderbirds return to F.E. Warren

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  • By Airman 1st Class Anthony Munoz
  • 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds zoomed back into Cheyenne Frontier Days for the annual Wings over Warren air show, July 28, 2021.

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 worked on C-130s in the Marine Corps and I decided to bring the kids up to see them,” said James Ball, spectator. “It’s always a fun time to watch airplanes.”

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 July 23, 1953.

“We came a few years ago and we just wanted to come check it out again,” said spectator Matthew Kafton. “It was awesome. I really enjoyed it.”

There was also a demonstration from the 37th Helicopter Squadron displaying UH-N1 Hueys, as well as flyovers by a B-52 Stratofortress from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana; a B-1B Lancer from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota; and a RC-135 Rivet Joint from Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.