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Melbourne Air & Space Show Moving to March 24-25

1/31/2018  |  Melbourne, FL

Melbourne Air & Space Show Moving to March 24-25

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Will Kick Off 2018 in Melbourne, Florida

MELBOURNE, Fla. (January 31, 2018) – The 2018 Melbourne Air & Space Show, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, will now take place on March 24-25, one week later than originally scheduled.  

The date change coincides with an update to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds 2018 show season schedule, which will now kick off in Melbourne, Florida.

“We are thrilled to be able to host the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds for their 2018 season opener,” said Bryan Lilley, Chairman of the Melbourne Air & Space Show.  “What a way to celebrate the 5thanniversary of our event at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport.”

2018 marks the Thunderbirds’ 65th year as the U.S. Air Force’s premier jet demonstration team, entrusted with the mission to recruit, retain and inspire across the nation.

“We are incredibly excited to kick off the 2018 demonstration season in Melbourne,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, Thunderbird #1 and the Thunderbirds’ Commander/Leader. “The team is training hard through the winter getting ready to perform a phenomenal demonstration. We are fired up to get out there and showcase the pride, precision and professionalism of your United States Air Force.”

The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, known to all the world as the “Thunderbirds,” are the Air Force’s Ambassadors in Blue. They represent the 600,000 men and women of the United 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 120 enlisted personnel.

Tickets for the 2018 show are currently on sale. Sponsorship opportunities and corporate hospitality packages are also available and volunteer registration is open. For more information, please visit or follow the show on Facebook.


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