Thunderbirds schedule shake-up: two shows added to team’s 2021 calendar

Two new airshows have been added to the USAF Thunderbirds’ 2021 airshow schedule, with one filling the gap left by a cancelled event.

The OC Airshow in Ocean City, Maryland, will feature the Thunderbirds for the second year running, following the cancellation of the Star-Spangled Salute at Tinker AFB on the same date. Ocean City was one of the few venues to welcome the Thunderbirds in 2020, and the first major seafront airshow since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Scheduled for the 19th-20th June 2021, it will also feature the F-22 Raptor and GEICO Skytypers.

Also added to the team’s schedule is the Greater Binghamton Airshow in New York state, filling a previously open slot on the 17th-18th July. Last held in 2014 and 2018, the Greater Binghamton Airshow had been due to return in July 2020, but was postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Little was known about the rescheduled event until today’s announcement.

The Thunderbirds have two further open dates on their schedule, caused by the cancellation of Gowen Thunder on the 28th-29th August and and the Westfield Airshow, cancelled earlier this week, on the 14th-15th August. Further schedule changes are likely as the pandemic continues to affect the 2021 airshow season.

The team’s schedule, as of the 29th January 2021, is as follows:

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)