Thunderbirds announce Colorado Springs practice, performance schedule

The Air Force Thunderbirds fly over the Air Force Academy during practice Monday, May 30. / Mike Duran - FOX21 News
The Air Force Thunderbirds fly over the Air Force Academy during practice Monday, May 30, 2016. / Mike Duran - FOX21 News

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, will perform Wednesday at the end of the Air Force Academy Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony.

They will practice their full performance Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon. The practice will be centered over the Academy’s Falcon Stadium, and is subject to weather cancellation.

The majority of the Thunderbirds aircraft will arrive Monday and fly over the Academy around 10 a.m. that day as part of their arrival to Colorado Springs. There will be no impact to traffic patterns.

The Thunderbirds’ graduation day performance start time will depend on timing with the end-of-ceremony hat toss, but is expected to take place at approximately 12:30 p.m. The performance will last approximately 30 minutes.

For the safety of the general public, certain roads will be closed on base during the practice and graduation day performances. These closures are mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure the performance area is free of all personnel.

The general public is reminded not to stop along Interstate 25 to watch the performances.

For more information about the Thunderbirds, visit www.afthunderbirds.com. For information about the Academy’s graduation, go to www.usafa.edu/about/traditions/graduation/ .

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