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Thunderbirds to highlight HAFB Air Show
by TOM BUSSELBERG
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USAF Thunderbirds - Davis Clipper file photo
USAF Thunderbirds - Davis Clipper file photo
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HILL AFB —  The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will again highlight the show at this year’s Hill AFB Air Show and open house.

The “Warriors Over the Wasatch – Power of Airmen” show is set for Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29. It’s anticipated hundreds of thousands of people will pack the base, in what has become Utah’s largest single most attended event.

The precision F-16 demonstration by the Thunderbirds will be the final performance of a day packed with more than a dozen performers.

Gates open at 8 a.m. and will feature a remote control planes pre-show attraction at 9 a.m. The opening ceremony at 10 a.m. will include the Golden Knights carrying the U.S. flag and the National Anthem.

Air show performances start at 10:30 a.m. and will be repeated both days, weather permitting.

The schedule includes, in order of appearance: U.S. Army “Golden Knights” Parachute Team, featuring aerobatics, with parachute jumps from a C-130; Holland/Stein/Chapman, aerobatics with MX & Edge 540s; Mark Peterson, aerobatics using a P-51; Smoke-N-Thunder, using a jetcar.

In addition, Buck Roetman, aerobatics using Pitts; Dan Buchanan, hang glider specialist; aerobatics acts including Ace Maker with the T-33; Gary Rower, PT17; Dave Erickson, Edge 540; 388th Fighter Wing, F-16 attack demonstration; Bill Stein, Zivko Edge 540; and Mark Peterson, L39. 

Also, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, F-16, World War II era P-51 Mustang; Red Bull’s Kirby Chambliss and the Red Bull Air Force Jump Team, aerobatics with edge and Jumpers; Matt Chapman, Eagle 580; Rower/Roetman, dual aerobatics, PT17 and Pitts; U.S. Army ‘Golden Knights Parachute Team, parachuting from C-130; Smoke-N-Thunder vs. Rob Holland, Jetcar vs. MX; Rob Holland, aerobatics MXS-RH; and the Thunderbirds, with their precision F-16 demonstration.

A wide range of military static aircraft will be on display, including remotely piloted aircraft, helicopters, fighters, bombers, large cargo transports and refuelers, information from the air show said.

Ramp displays will include military gorund transport and fighting vehicles, a collection of vintage and exotic cars, and dozens of food and other vendors will be on hand. 

The event is free. Gates close at 5 p.m. For more information, visit Hill.af.mil/WarriorsOverTheWasatch/.

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