June 11, 2014 – The schedule is now set for the historic first-ever full show by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, with performances set for Friday through Sunday, August 1-3. Those performances are part of the daily afternoon air shows at Oshkosh on each of those days.
The schedule confirmation comes in the final week of special advance online admission prices for AirVenture. Those pre-event discounts end on Sunday, June 15.
The Thunderbirds will perform what they describe as a “practice show” – basically, a full dress rehearsal for the weekend – at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 1. This comes at the end of the regular afternoon air show, which features the full World War II warbird extravaganza, and prior to the return of the Old Glory Honor Flight from Washington, D.C., that is part of AirVenture’s annual “Salute to Veterans” activities.
On Saturday, August 2, the Thunderbirds will again fly at 5 p.m. as the final performers in the afternoon air show, which once again features World War II aircraft and full pyrotechnics. The aerial excitement on that day will continue in the evening with the second of the two night air shows during AirVenture week. The Thunderbirds will wrap up their inaugural Oshkosh performances at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 3, as the closing act in AirVenture’s final-day air show.
The Thunderbirds had originally placed EAA AirVenture on their 2014 schedule last December. Several months were needed to finalize the many logistics items necessary to fly in the unique environment at Wittman Regional Airport during Oshkosh. Special flightline and crowd restrictions will be in place for the Thunderbirds performances each of the three days.
The Thunderbirds’ aircraft will be based at the Wittman Regional Airport terminal ramp throughout the weekend, but team members will be participating in various forums and programs during their stay in Oshkosh.