Category Archives: US Air Force Thunderbirds

My first (and probably last) Super Bowl

My education into football continues, this time with my attendance at Super Bowl XLIX. The USAF Thunderbirds were tapped to perform the flyover during the opening ceremony, so I drove to Glendale to help out with the media/PR piece. For … Continue reading

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The end of Thanksgiving?

Although the christmas shopping season has been creeping into Thanksgiving for several years now, this year marks the first year I’ve noticed retailers blatantly staying open through the main part of the holiday. I recall some stores opening at 11pm … Continue reading

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Barksdale, Travis, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the ROCK-N-ROLL HALL OF FAME!

Although I’ve travelled a lot during my military career. The Thunderbirds’ visit to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana marked my first time ever being in Louisiana. (I may have driven/flown through it a couple of times, but never spent more than a … Continue reading

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Luke, MacDill, Punta Gorda, Columbus and Davis-Monthan

Even though we performed the flyovers for the Rose Parade in Pasadena, the Daytona 500 and the Kobalt Tools 400, we hadn’t actually performed a traditional show until we performed at Luke Air Force Base, 15-16 March. For us, this … Continue reading

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The Thunderbirds at the 2014 Daytona 500

The Thunderbirds have a history of doing the opening flyover for NASCAR’s Daytona 500 race. 2014 marked the squadron’s 4th consecutive year doing it, but we’ve done it a few times prior to 2010 also. For me, it was my … Continue reading

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Pasadena for New Year’s Day

We performed the flyover for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on Janurary 1 of 2014. I have family in Buena Park, so we just spent the night there prior to heading to the Pasadena hotel on New Year’s … Continue reading

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A Thunderbirds Christmas (by Darrick Lee)

‘Twas the night before Christmas; no snow could be seen Not an Airman was working, not even on “swings.” The Falcons were stored in the hangar with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The Thunderbirds were … Continue reading

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Rodeos, football and online shopping

There are almost two weeks left in the Merry Thanksgivoween holiday season. I’ve managed to avoid the craziness of holiday shopping so far, opting to do most shopping online. However, my mother is coming into town soon, so we may … Continue reading

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On the road again …

This week, I was invited to visit a local high school. The JROTC unit was having their annual “commander’s call,” and I was honored they asked me to be the guest speaker. I gave my two cents on core values, … Continue reading

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Thunderbirds 60th Anniversary, Reunion 2013

The year 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the creation of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds (the unit I current serve with.) Each year, the Thunderbirds celebrate their anniversary by performing in an air show (usually coinciding with Nellis … Continue reading

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