The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the 2020 OC Air Show, June 13-14, 2020 over the beach and boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland. The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron are the Air Force’s Ambassadors in Blue. They represent the 500,000 men and women of the Unites States Air Force.
The Thunderbirds plan and present precision aerial maneuvers to exhibit the capabilities of modern, high-performance aircraft and the high degree of professional skill required to operate those aircraft. The Thunderbirds squadron is composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, four civilians and more than 100 enlisted personnel.
The Thunderbirds air demonstration is a mix of formation flying and solo routines. The four-jet diamond formation demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots, while the two solo aircraft highlight some of the extreme capabilities of the F-16. In all, the pilots perform approximately 40 maneuvers in a single demonstration. An aerial demonstration lasts 60 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for the ground show before takeoff.
During a typical season the team performs no more than 70 air demonstrations in 35 cities throughout the nation. More than 280 million people in all 50 states and 57 countries have seen the red, white and blue Thunderbirds jets.