The Heart of Texas Airshow is proud to announce the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds military jet demonstration team will bring the red, white and blue to the skies over Waco Saturday and Sunday June 6-7 at Texas State Technical College Waco airport in their first performance in Waco and Central Texas in 23 years.
“We are thrilled to bring the USAF Thunderbirds to Waco,” said Airshow President Debby Standefer. “Only a few places in the country receive this honor, and we are so proud to share this patriotic opportunity with the people of Central and North Texas as well as those throughout the state and to further our mission to honor our military services and inspire our youth to be involved in aviation. TSTC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and L-3 Platform Integration in Waco has its 30th. What a way to celebrate these great entities!”
“The Thunderbirds are looking forward to showcasing the pride, precision and professionalism of the U.S. Air Force at the Heart of Texas Airshow,” said Maj. Darrick Lee, Thunderbird 12. “We plan to put on a safe, entertaining performance with our F-16s. But more importantly, we want to make a connection with people as demonstrate what Airmen can do.”
The USAF Thunderbirds are internationally known for their hard-charging demonstration of precision formation flying while pushing their F-16 Fighting Falcons to the limit. This is the first time that the Thunderbirds will appear at the Heart Of Texas Airshow. Known as “America’s Ambassadors in Blue,” the Thunderbirds have traveled throughout the world performing before millions of spectators. Their distinctive red, white and blue F-16 Falcon jets along with their precise routines make the Thunderbirds a must see! The Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, which will be demonstrated at 2015 Heart of Texas Airshow, represents the full range of capabilities possessed by the Air Force’s front-line tactical fighters. This highly maneuverable, multi-role fighter has proved to be one of the world’s best precision tactical bombers and air-to-air combat aircraft. The only modifications needed to prepare aircraft for air demonstrations are a smoke-generating system and the addition of Thunderbird colors.
TSTC Waco interim president Rob Wolaver said, “Texas State Technical College Waco was established in 1965 on the former James Connally Air Force Base, and we are proud to welcome the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds back home to perform at the 2015 Heart of Texas Airshow. The Thunderbirds have a rich and interesting history, much like TSTC. The team represents hundreds of thousands of brave and dedicated Airmen, and we are thrilled they could be a part of TSTC’s 50th year.”
The Heart of Texas Airshow is not just an air show; it is an experience that will affect all of the senses with something to offer every age. The Heart of Texas Airshow promises to provide something for everyone in an action packed day of fun. Experience thrilling entertainment with USAF Thunderbirds, Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, jets, helicopters, warbirds, airplanes and more in the sky and on terra firma. With June 6 the anniversary of D Day, the airshow will provide World War II bombers and aircraft in a commemoration of this important day in history. Flights will be available to the public in helicopters and historic warbirds. Don’t stay on the ground, get in the Air! Wander through concessions of delicious foods, exhibits, vendors and activities for kids of all ages. Bring the whole family, introduce them to the vast wonderful world of aviation and become involved.
Debby Standefer said, “We are exited to return to Texas State Technical College and their incredible airport, previously James Connally AFB, with a tremendous event this year and to show off the TSTC state of the art Aviation and Aerospace Division (they have a champion flight team of their own) as well as many of the departments and programs TSTC offers. Baylor University Aviation Sciences will be on hand and has signed its third year of sponsorship with the airshow. Waco is strongly focused on aviation with its own Aviation Business Alliance. We are proud to be able to bring attention to and support aviation in Waco.”
The airshow honors our military. Many exhibits guests can experience include the debut of the new Air Force Performance Lab interactive exhibit with its F-16 and static aircraft from the Texas Air National Guard. Opening ceremonies at the start of the airshow will be action packed including honor guards, fly-bys, the Golden Knights and more.
The Trojan Phlyers Demo Team with their astounding formation aerobatics will keep guests on the edge of their seat.
Piloted by highly decorated combat veteran pilots performing exciting precision close formation aerobatic routines demonstrating the cutting-edge performance of the Trojan T28 warbird and the flying expertise acquired in formal military training, the Trojan Phlyers demonstrate high speed action with the roar of the big engines as they fly their historic aircraft rich in military history in a unique and thrilling performance and salute the veterans or our great nation and the men and women who continue to serve and protect us today.
The famous B-17, B-25, A-26 World War II bombers will be on hand with more to be added.
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