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National Museum of the United States Air Force Hosts Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron

The National Museum of the United States Air Force will offer all an opportunity to meet members of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron as they sign autographs in the museum’s Cold War Gallery on July 22 from 9-10 a.m. Museum doors will open to the public at 8:30 a.m.

General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The F-16 on display (S/N 81-0663) was one of the first F-16s to be received by the Thunderbirds in 1982 when they transitioned from T-38s to F-16s. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Thunderbirds, who perform precision maneuvers designed to showcase the capabilities of modern high-performance aircraft and the professional qualities of those who fly, maintain and support them, will be among the featured performers at the Dayton Air Show, July 23-24.

A typical Thunderbirds air demonstration consists of six aircraft, performing formation flying and solo routines in the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The Thunderbirds perform in approximately 70 shows each year in 35 different locations every weekend from March through November.

Additional Thunderbirds information and photographs are available at

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Street, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission and parking are free.

For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-1740 or visit:

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