USAF Thunderbirds announce 2021 & 2022 airshow schedule

The US Air Force Thunderbirds announced their updated 2021 airshow schedule at the virtual ICAS Convention, with ICAS releasing a provisional 2022 schedule in early January.

Flying six F-16C/D Fighting Falcons, the Thunderbirds are the official aerobatic demonstration team of the US Air Force. They were formed in 1953 and are based at Nellis AFB in Nevada.

The team’s 2021 schedule has changed quite significently since a provisional list of shows was released a year ago: initially, several large gaps existed in the schedule, suggesting an overseas tour may have been in the works. These have now been filled with US shows, perhaps as a result of coronavirus travel restrictions. In 2022, the team will perform internationally in Canada.

North American military airshow teams traditionally announce their schedules at the the International Council of Air Shows’ annual convention, which is being held virtually this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

For more about how airshows are coping with the coronavirus, see our in-depth feature article.

THUNDERBIRDS 2021 SCHEDULE

Date Show Location Country
Apr 17-18 United States Cocoa Beach Airshow Cocoa Beach USA (FL)
Apr 24-25 United States Davis-Monthan AFB: Thunder & Lightning Over Arizona Tuscon USA (AZ)
May 1-2 United States Sound of Speed Airshow St. Joseph USA (MO)
May 8-9 United States Barksdale AFB: Defenders of Liberty Airshow Shreveport USA (LA)
May 30-31 United States Bethpage Airshow Jones Beach USA (NY)
Jun 5-6 United States The Great Tennessee Air Show Smyrna USA (TN)
Jun 12-13 United States Fairchild AFB: Inland Northwest Skyfest Spokane USA (WA)
Jun 19-20 United States Tinker AFB: Star Spangled Salute Air & Space Show Oklahoma City USA (OK)
Jun 19-20 United States OC Airshow Ocean City USA (MD)
Jul 3-4 United States National Cherry Festival Airshow Traverse City USA (MI)
Jul 10-11 United States Dayton Airshow Dayton USA (OH)
Jul 17-18 United States Greater Binghamton Airshow Binghamton USA (NY)
Jul 24-25 United States Milwaukee Air & Water Show Milwaukee USA (WI)
Jul 28 United States F E Warren AFB: Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenne USA (WY)
Jul 31-Aug 1 United States Oregon International Air Show McMinnville USA (OR)
Aug 14-15 United States Barnes ARGB: Westfield International Airshow Springfield USA (MA)
Aug 18 United States Thunder Over the Boardwalk Atlantic City USA (NJ)
Aug 28-29 United States Gowen Thunder Open House & Airshow Boise USA (ID)
Sep 4-6 United States Cleveland National Airshow Cleveland USA (OH)
Sep 11-12 United States Pease Open House Newington USA (NH)
Sep 18-19 United States National Championship Air Races Reno USA (NV)
Sep 15-16 United States California Capital Airshow Sacramento USA (CA)
Oct 2-3 Puerto Rico Puerto Rican Aerial Extravaganza Cieba Puerto Rico
Oct 9-10 United States Wings Over Houston Houston USA (TX)
Oct 16-17 United States Central Florida Air & Space Show Sanford USA (FL)
Oct 23-24 United States Los Angeles County Airshow Lancaster USA (CA)
Oct 30-31 United States California Int’l Airshow Salinas USA (CA)

THUNDERBIRDS 2022 SCHEDULE (PROVISIONAL)

Date Show Location Country
Mar 19-20 United States Luke AFB: Days Air & Space Expo Glendale USA (AZ)
Mar 26-27 United States Columbus AFB: Wings Over Columbus Columbus USA (MS)
Apr 2-3 United States Shaw AFB Air Expo: Thunder Over the Midlands Sumter USA (SC)
Apr 9-10 United States Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo Lakeland USA (FL)
Apr 23-24 United States JB San Antonio Air & Space Expo San Antonio USA (TX)
Apr 30-May 1 United States Fort Lauderdale Airshow Fort Lauderdale USA (FL)
May 14-15 United States March Field Air & Space Expo Riverside USA (CA)
Jun 4-5 United States Fort Wayne Open House & Airshow Fort Wayne USA (IN)
Jun 11-12 United States OC Airshow Ocean City USA (MD)
Jun 18-19 United States Grand Forks AFB Airshow Grand Forks USA (ND)
Jun 25-26 United States Hill AFB: Warriors Over the Wasatch Ogden USA (UT)
Jul 2-3 United States Battle Creek Airshow & Balloon Fiesta Battle Creek USA (MI)
Jul 16-17 United States Duluth Air & Aviation Expo Duluth USA (MN)
Jul 23-24 United States Flight Over the Falls Great Falls USA (MT)
Jul 27 United States F E Warren AFB: Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenne USA (WY)
Jul 30-31 United States JB Elmendorf: Arctic Thunder Airshow & Open House Anchorage USA (AK)
Aug 6-7 Canada Abbotsford International Airshow Abbotsford Canada (BC)
Aug 20-21 United States Chicago Air & Water Show Chicago USA (IL)
Aug 24 United States Atlantic City Airshow: Thunder Over the Boardwalk Atlantic City USA (NJ)
Aug 27-28 United States Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Armed Forces Airshow Avoca USA (PA)
Sep 3-4 United States Kansas City Airshow Gardner USA (KS)
Sep 10-11 United States Maryland Fleet Week & Airshow Baltimore Baltimore USA (MD)
Sep 17-18 United States JB Andrews Airshow Clinton USA (MD)
Sep 24-25 United States McConnell AFB: Frontiers in Flight Airshow Wichita USA (KS)
Oct 1-2 United States Great Pacific Airshow Huntington Beach USA (CA)
Oct 15-16 United States Edwards AFB: Aerospace Valley Airshow Edwards USA (CA)
Oct 22-23 United States Fort Worth Alliance Airshow Fort Worth USA (TX)
Oct 29-30 United States Central Florida Air & Space Show Sanford USA (FL)
Nov 5-6 United States Nellis AFB: Aviation Nation Las Vegas USA (NV)