Thunderbirds 2019 Show Schedule

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The United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” have an incredible demonstration schedule for the 2019 show season.  Plan your visit and enjoy an incredible display of precision and airpower.

February 17: Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, FL (Flyover)

March 3: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV (Flyover)
March 14: Creech Appreciation Day, Indian Springs, NV
March 23-24: Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona – Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
March 30-31: Travis AFB Open House – Travis AFB, CA

April 6-7: Heart of Texas Air Show – Waco, TX
April 13-14: OPEN
April 27-28: Wings over Wayne Open House – Seymour Johnson AFB, NC

May 4-5: Keelser AFB, MS
May 11-12: JB Andrews Air Show – JB Andrews, MD
May 18: Kirtland AFB Air Show – Kirtland AFB, NM
May 25-26: Jones Beach Air Show – Jones Beach, NY
May 30: USAF Academy – Colorado Springs, CO

June 1-2: Defenders of Freedom Air Show – Offutt AFB, NE
June 8-9: Fort Wayne Air Show – Fort Wayne, IN
June 15-16: Minnesota Air Spectacular – Mankato, MN
June 22-23: Dayton Air Show – Dayton, OH
June 29-30: OPEN

July 6-7: Mid-summer Break
July 13-14: Rionegro (Medellin), Colombia
July 20-21: Fargo Air Show – Fargo, ND
July 24: Cheyenne Frontier Days – Cheyenne, WY
July 27-28: Milwaukee Air and Water Show – Milwaukee, WI

August 10-11: Abbotsford International Air Show – Abbotsford, BC
August 17-18: Sioux Falls Air Show – Sioux Falls, SD
August 21: Atlantic City Air Show – Atlantic City, NJ
August 24-25: Rochester International Airshow – Rochester, NY
August 31-September 2: Cleveland National Air Show – Cleveland, OH

September 7-8: Grissom Air Reserve Base Air Show – Grissom ARB, IN
September 14-15: National Championship Air Races – Reno, NV
September 21-22: Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show – NAS Oceana, VA
September 28-29: Robins AFB Air Show – Robins AFB, GA

October 5-6: Puerto Rico International Air Show – San Juan, PR
October 12-13: Atlanta Air Show – Hampton, GA
October 19-20: Wings Over Houston Air Show – Houston, TX
October 26-27: Sheppard AFB Air Show – Sheppard AFB, TX

November 2-3: Florida International Air Show – Punta Gorda, FL
November 15-17: Aviation Nation – Nellis AFB, NV

For more information, visit  The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, supply, logistics and production. Carl enjoys air demonstrations and early in his Air Force career, served on the USAF “Thunderbirds” as the team’s maintenance officer.

The Basics of Aircraft Maintenance

The Basics of Aircraft Maintenance
The Basics of Aircraft Maintenance

In the aircraft business, an aircraft’s owner/operator is responsible for the aircraft’s maintenance. In its simplest form, aircraft maintenance ensures the proper functioning and the safety of aircrew and passengers, but is a very complicated and comprehensive process that involves cleaning aircraft components, applying corrosion prevention, lubricating moving parts, troubleshooting fuel systems, servicing hydraulics and more.

Additionally, aircraft maintenance involves physically checking and inspecting various parts to determine their state of wear and tear and actions to replace parts requiring replacing. Aircraft parts commonly checked during maintenance include the engine, fuel system, fuselage, avionics, electrical controls, and wings.

Depending on the type of aircraft, they have different maintenance schedules with some aircraft requiring maintenance based on periods of time while others require maintenance based on operating or flight hours/cycles.

The author, Brigadier General (retired) Carl Buhler served in the US Air Force for over 28 years specializing in aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics. He is currently the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC ( In this capacity, Carl Buhler provides consultant services to the aerospace, production, and defense industries with a focus on logistics and aircraft maintenance.