Thunderbirds land in Fort Wayne ahead of weekend’s air show

All eight U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have now landed in Fort Wayne.
All eight U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have now landed in Fort Wayne.(Staff)
Published: Jun. 2, 2022 at 4:54 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - All eight U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have now landed in Fort Wayne.

The pilots are now practicing at the 122nd Air National Guard Base for this weekend’s air show. Rehearsal flights and practice demonstrations will be taking place throughout the day Friday, officials say.

Three years ago, officials say 80,000 people watched fighter jets and bombers zoom across the sky. The skies have gone quiet the past few years because of the pandemic, but Thunderbird pilots say they’re excited to once again show off their skills in the air.

“The normal fighter jets will fly 1 mile, 2 miles apart. We fly up to 18 inches away from each other. So really close to each other, all while doing loops and rolls. Some really amazing maneuvers. It takes a lot of skill, a lot of focus, but at the end of the day, it’s a lot of fun to do,” Thunderbirds #6 Capt. Daniel Katz said.

The event is free to attend and is set for this Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Visit their website for parking information and more details.

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