Thunderbirds showcase skills next weekend

The argument, “There’s nothing to do around here,” flies out the window and into the wild blue yonder next weekend.
The Thunderbirds are back.
Cannon Air Force Base hosts the air demonstration squadron at its open house and air show Saturday and next Sunday.
Admission is free. The precision aerobatics begin at 2 p.m. both days, and there’s more to see and do for all ages.
Gates are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The Air Force’s Wings of Blue Skydivers will also perform, and it’s a rare opportunity to see our nation’s military firepower up close with static displays.
Most of us have opportunity to step on base from time to time, including an open house just last year. But the Thunderbirds are here for the first time since 2006, and memories from their performance can last a lifetime.
“In every hour-long demonstration, the team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to showcase what the Air Force is all about,” we learn from their website at

“The sharply choreographed, drill-style ground ceremony kicks off the demonstration by showcasing the attention to detail and esprit de corps that defines our enlisted members. As the jets take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, the crowd gets a glimpse of the awesome skills and capabilities that all fighter pilots must possess.”
Watching the F-16 Fighting Falcons in action is a loud, proud adrenaline rush you don’t experience every day … and who knows when the opportunity might present itself again.
They’ve scheduled 39 performances around the country in 2014, but were grounded just last year due to military budget cuts.
We can’t know what the future holds, but we do know we have something amazing to do around here next weekend.
We hope to see you there.

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